Who will mourn our late, greatly disgraced ex-president? Not a lot of folks, judging by the trickle of box office funds collected by director-cowriter Oliver Stone’s emotionally shattering elegy Nixon. Sadly, the hiccups in Anthony Hopkins’ off-and-on American accent, which some found fatally distracting in theaters, are magnified even further in the panned-and-scanned cassette version, which lops Stone’s striking wide-screen imagery nearly in half and winds up spotlighting Hopkins even in shots originally photographed as group tableaux. Seek out the letterboxed version for a better look at all the President’s men — and fast-forward past the end credits for a few baroque outtakes presented by Stone himself. The weirdest of these clips presents a hollow-eyed Sam Waterston as the CIA’s Richard Helms; none amount to more than curious footnotes, but the movie itself deserves no such marginal fate. Letterbox: A- Pan and scan: B
Genre: Drama, Historical; Starring: Joan Allen, Anthony Hopkins, Powers Boothe, Ed Harris, Bob Hoskins, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Sorvino, Mary Steenburgen, J.T. Walsh, James Woods; Director: Oliver Stone; Release Date Wide: 12/20/1995; MPAA Rating: R
Posted July 12 1996 — 12:00 AM EDT
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