Secret Honor
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After resigning in disgrace, Richard Nixon (Philip Baker Hall) sits at a desk in his study late at night, dictating his memoirs. Taking one drink, then another, he rants about Eisenhower, Castro, Khruschchev, Kissinger, the Kennedys, and any number of other people, some real, some imagined, finally cohering into a remarkable explanation of why his fall from grace was actually a supreme and selfless act of patriotism. Robert Altman's film adaptation of Hall's one-man show (written by Donald Freed and Arnold Stone) makes this performance feel more cinematic than one might expect, as the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Rarely have I seen ninety more compelling minutes on the screen."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The pic delivers a fascinating story in a fascinating way."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Nixon is a fascinating figure of Shakespearean proportions."
‑ D.K. Holm, Movie Poop Shoot
"One of the funniest, most unsettling, most imaginative and most surprisingly affecting movies of its very odd kind I've ever seen."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Does anyone have a clue what Altman was driving at with this intense glob of lunacy?"
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"[Hall's] performance transcends the political baggage of the film itself."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"The dramatic material, overheated to begin with, is hyped up by hysterical acting and further exaggerated by a busy mise-en-scene based on meaningless camera movements and space-destroying zooms."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"We begin to understand [Nixon] -- or at least this representation of him -- in a human way that press coverage or television speeches could never capture."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Parts of Secret Honor threaten to lose the audience, and references to past public figures make the threat greater today"
‑ Jake Euker, Filmcritic.com
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