Frost / Nixon (2008)
Ron Howard directs this dramatization of the much-heralded interviews conducted by British talk-show host David Frost with President Nixon, three years after his resignation. Starring Frank Langella and Michael Sheen. Rated R. (122 min.)
While Hollywood is often more captivated by idealized fictional presidents than actual presidents, this film selection offers cinematic depictions of both John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon.
Thirteen Days (2000) on October 9. Kevin Costner stars as Kennedy aide Kenny O'Donnell, a close advisor who helps President Kennedy and "co-president" Robert Kennedy negotiate the Cuban Missile Crisis. Review
PT 109 (1963) on October 16. This Kennedy biopic film focuses on his time as a Navy officer aboard a PT boat assigned to the Soloman Islands during WWII. Starring Cliff Robertson with Robert Blake. Based on the book PT 109: John F. Kennedy in World War II by Robert J. Donovan. Not Rated. (140 min.) Review
Nixon (1995) on October 23. In this controversial biographical film, Anthony Hopkins stars as the only American president ever to resign under the threat of impeachment. Acclaimed filmmaker Oliver Stone directs an all-star cast in this powerful depiction of the life and times of one of America's most infamous leaders. Rated R. (191 min.) Review
The Fog of War (2004) on October 30. Master documentarian Errol Morris directs this film, focused on interviews conducted with Robert S. McNamara, the Secretary of Defense during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and a lead architect of the Vietnam War. Rated PG-13. (95 min.) Review