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The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)

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Based on real life events, Assassination is set in 1974 and centers on a businessman who decides to take extreme measures to achieve his American dream.

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Niels Mueller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Penn ... Samuel J. Bicke
Naomi Watts ... Marie Andersen Bicke
Don Cheadle ... Bonny Simmons
Jack Thompson ... Jack Jones
Brad William Henke ... Martin Jones (as Brad Henke)
Nick Searcy ... Tom Ford
Michael Wincott ... Julius Bicke
Mykelti Williamson ... Harold Mann
April Grace ... Mae Simmons
Lily Knight ... Receptionist
Jared Dorrance ... Sammy Jr.
Jenna Milton ... Ellen
Mariah Massa ... Julie
Eileen Ryan ... Marie's Mother
Derek Greene Derek Greene ... Joey Simmons
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Storyline

Fact-based story about a disturbed office furniture salesman who in 1972 concocted a plot to kill then-President Nixon by hi-jacking a plane to fly over the White House to drop a gas bomb. At the start of the movie, the man is separated from his wife and stressed in his job where he is made the butt of jokes and is an under-performer. Attempts to get his brother's old tire business resurrected with a black partner is rejected by the banks. When he is officially served with divorce papers, everything comes apart and Richard Nixon's broken promises comes to represent all the evils that have come down on him. A news story about a pilot that landed a helicopter on the White House lawn gives him the idea for his attack. Bolting onto a Baltimore plane, he attempts the hi-jacking. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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The mad story of a true man. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of graphic violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2004 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

The Assassination of L.B.J. See more »

Filming Locations:

Alameda, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,547, 2 January 2005

Gross USA:

$697,759
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Black and White (archive footage)| Color (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The 10-cent US postage stamps affixed to the large envelopes to be mailed to Leonard Bernstein in New York City are applied upside down. That is an old US custom to indicate that the sender "loves" the recipient. See more »

Goofs

A version of the film that was sent to festivals before the visual effects were complete, contains images of aircraft that are not from the story's time period. Shortly after, the visual effects team, digitally removed these logos and added ones from period appropriate airlines. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Samuel Bicke: Testing. Testing. Testing. One, two, three. Mr. Maestro, Leonard Bernstein, tape number one.
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Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E Flat Major, Op. 73
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Performed by the Studio Symphony Orchestra Prague
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Produced by Steven Stern and Jack Smalley
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London Bridge is Falling Down
10 April 2005 | by CuriosityKilledShawnSee all my reviews

Much like the Joel Schumacher film of 1993 starring Michael Douglas, this film is about an ordinary man with an ordinary job who is driven to insanity by the injustice and unfairness of his world. While both films teach us that no matter how solid it seems, everything will crumble under enough pressure there is no humor to TAORN. In fact it's the most depressing film like...ever.

I don't know what made me go see TAORN. I'd heard nothing of it but I like Sean Penn and Naomi Watts (they were in the brilliant 21 Grams together) and everything else at the cinema I had either seen or looked crap (Man of the House, Miss Congenatailiality 2) so I chose this, hoping it to be a dark horse. It was well made and acted but it's really, really heavy and I would not recommend it to anyone bored with their jobs or lives in general.

Sean Penn plays the true story of Sam Bicke, a furniture salesman who is estranged from his family, his wife, his children, his colleagues...basically everything. He sees the fatcats around him growing richer and richer while he rots away in his inescapable reality of nothingness. He blames Dick Nixon for his woes, the fattest of all fatcats, the man at the top of the food chain. He believes that if he kills Nixon he might be able to make the slightest of changes to the racist, lying world.

Of course he failed, but watching Sam Bicke crash and burn is a very painful thing to do. What makes it more distressing is that there is never a reason given as to why everyone deserted him. It gave the impression that anyone can be so callous and uncaring and that anyone can be driven to such insanity and desperate measures.

Not a film to see with your girlfriend that's for damn sure but certainly an impressive, if tough to watch, piece of work.


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