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Mike Nichols 

The life and 50th-year of director Mike Nichols, one of only two people who have won Peabody, Emmy,Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.


Elaine May


Susan Lacy


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Episode credited cast:
Bob Balaban ... Himself
Alec Baldwin ... Himself
Matthew Broderick ... Himself
James L. Brooks ... Himself
Tom Hanks ... Himself
Dustin Hoffman ... Himself
Tony Kushner ... Himself
Nathan Lane ... Himself
Frank Langella ... Himself
Julian Schlossberg Julian Schlossberg ... Himself
Paul Simon ... Himself
Steven Spielberg ... Himself
Meryl Streep ... Herself


The life and 50th-year of director Mike Nichols, one of only two people who have won Peabody, Emmy,Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.

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29 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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Flawed But Entertaining
16 February 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

American Masters: Mike Nichols (2016)

*** (out of 4)

Good, if somewhat flawed, episode in the American Masters series takes a look at Mike Nichols, a man who won an Emmy, an Oscar plus plenty of other awards during his career. His partner Elaine May directed this documentary, which features an interview with the man himself as well as comments from the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Nathan Lane and various others.

For the most part this is an entertaining documentary. The interview with Nichols is good and very entertaining and it's nice hearing some thoughts from the famous people he worked with. With that said, there's no question that just 50 minutes wasn't enough time to really get into the career of this man and the film just seems extremely rushed and at times unfocused. I'm not sure if the documentary will be extended at some point but having Hoffman and Spielberg just say a line or two makes you wonder why they were even interviewed.

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