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Secret Honor

Robert Altman

 
Secret Honor (Criterion DVD)

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  • United States
  • 1984
  • 90 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #257

Sequestered in his home, a disgraced President Richard Milhous Nixon arms himself with a bottle of scotch and a gun to record memoirs that no one will hear. He is surrounded by the silent portraits of Lincoln, Eisenhower, Kissinger, and his mother, as he resurrects his past in a passionate attempt to defend himself and his political legacy. Based on the original play by Donald Freed and Arnold M. Stone, and starring Philip Baker Hall in a tour de force solo performance, Robert Altman’s Secret Honor is a searing interrogation of the Nixon mystique and an audacious depiction of unchecked paranoia.

Cast

President Richard M. NixonPhilip Baker Hall

Credits

DirectorRobert Altman
ScreenplayDonald Freed and Arnold M. Stone
Executive producerScott Bushnell
Associate director Robert Harders
CinematographyPierre Mignot
EditingJuliet Weber
Camera operatorJean Lepine
Art directionStephen Altman
MusicGeorge Burt

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound
  • Audio commentaries with director Robert Altman and co-writer Donald Freed
  • New 22-minute video interview with actor Philip Baker Hall
  • Eighty-one minutes of archival-film excerpts from the political career of President Richard M. Nixon
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • Plus: an essay by film critic Michael Wilmington

    New cover by Chang Park

Film Essays

Secret Honor

By Michael Wilmington October 18, 2004

Nixon as Hamlet, Nixon as Lear, Nixon as Blanche DuBois, Nixon as Krapp—clutching every last tape to his breast with the wild fury and despair of a man on the precipice . . . Nixon in his study, . . . Read more »

Clippings

Tricky Dicks

December 04, 2008

With Ron Howard’s big-screen adaptation of Peter Morgan’s play Frost/Nixon opening today, the editors at New York magazine remind us that Frank Langella is hardly the first actor to get all . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Secret Honor

By Michael Wilmington October 18, 2004

Nixon as Hamlet, Nixon as Lear, Nixon as Blanche DuBois, Nixon as Krapp—clutching every last tape to his breast with the wild fury and despair of a man on the precipice . . . Nixon in his study, . . . Read more »