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White House Madness (1975)

R | | Comedy
Nixon finds his administration crumbling around him, his allies turning against him, the courts beginning to hound him and an exorcist is even called in to drive the demons from his soul.

Director:

Mark L. Lester

Writer:

Milton Miron (as Sebastian)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Friedman ... Richard M. Nixon
Dennis Fimple ... Bob Haldeman
Perry Cook Perry Cook ... John Mitchell
Rusty Blitz Rusty Blitz ... John Erlichman
Lesley Woods ... Pat Nixon
Merrie Lynn Ross ... Julie Nixon
Margaret Wheeler Margaret Wheeler ... Mamie Eisenhower
Kathy Bellinger Kathy Bellinger ... Tricia Nixon
Oaky Miller Oaky Miller ... Ronald Ziegler
Patti Jerome Patti Jerome ... Martha Mitchell
Peggy Stewart ... Rosemary Woods
Al Lewis ... Judge Cirrhosis
Del Hinkley Del Hinkley ... Billy Graham
William Tregoe William Tregoe ... General Haig
George Skaff George Skaff ... King Feisal
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Nixon finds his administration crumbling around him, his allies turning against him, the courts beginning to hound him and an exorcist is even called in to drive the demons from his soul.

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Mark Lester's Outrageous Watergate Comedy See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

The White House Films See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.37 : 1
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First ever comedy movie about Watergate. Others such as Dick (1999) would follow. See more »

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Spoofs The Way We Were (1973) See more »

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Becomes tiresome quickly
11 February 2012 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I was interested in seeing this movie when I found about its existence, since it was an early effort by B movie maker Mark L. Lester, who has had quite a career. This is unlike any other movie he's been involved with, since it's a political comedy/satire. One thing the movie got right was its casting of Steve Friedman as Richard Nixon - while he does not really look like Tricky Dickie, his voice sounds similar, and he gives a pretty enthusiastic performance. Unfortunately, he is unable to save the movie. While supposedly a look at the last days of Nixon in the White House, the movie mostly ignores this in order to do its own thing. That might not have been bad had the movie been funny, but it mostly isn't. Most of the gags in the movie come across as dated or old hat, or have good ideas (such as making the Watergate burglars like The Three Stooges) but are botched in their execution. I guess this movie does have historical value, a document of reaction to the times, but I think even historians will be pressing the fast-forward button before the end.


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