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Encyclopedia > The Assassination of Richard Nixon
The Assassination of Richard Nixon

Promotional poster for The Assassination of Richard Nixon
Directed by Niels Mueller
Produced by Alfonso CuarĂ³n
Written by Niels Mueller
Kevin Kennedy
Starring Sean Penn
Don Cheadle
Naomi Watts
Music by Steven M. Stern
Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki
Editing by Jay Cassidy
Distributed by ThinkFilm
Released December 29 2004
Running time 95 min
Language English
IMDb profile

The Assassination of Richard Nixon is a 2004 drama film, directed by Niels Mueller. It stars Sean Penn, Don Cheadle and Naomi Watts, and is based on the story of would-be assassin Samuel Byck, who plotted to kill Richard Nixon in 1974. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (416x620, 53 KB)Promotional poster for The Assassination of Richard Nixon, deemed fair use. ... Alfonso Cuaron Alfonso Cuarón Orozco (born November 28, 1961 in Mexico City, Mexico) is a Mexican film director. ... Kevin Kennedy may refer to: Kevin Kennedy (actor) Kevin Kennedy (baseball) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Sean Penn at Cannes, 2000 Sean Justin Penn (born August 17, 1960 in Santa Monica, California) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor. ... Don Cheadle Don Cheadle (born November 29, 1964 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an Academy Award-nominated actor. ... Naomi Watts in 21 Grams. ... ThinkFilm is a distibutor of independent films which was founded in 2001. ... December 29 is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 2 days remaining. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2004. ... It has been designated the: International Year of Rice (by the United Nations) International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition (by UNESCO) 2004 World Health Day topic was Road Safety (by World Health Organization) Year of the Monkey (by the Chinese calendar) See the world in... A drama is a film that depends mostly on in-depth character development, interaction, and highly emotional themes. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Sean Penn at Cannes, 2000 Sean Justin Penn (born August 17, 1960 in Santa Monica, California) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor. ... Don Cheadle Don Cheadle (born November 29, 1964 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an Academy Award-nominated actor. ... Naomi Watts in 21 Grams. ... Jack Ruby murdered the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, in a very public manner. ... Samuel Byck Samuel Joseph Byck (January 30, 1930 – February 22, 1974) was an unemployed tire salesman who attempted to hijack a plane from Baltimore-Washington International Airport on February 22, 1974. ... Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ...

Plot summary

Sam Bicke (Penn), who is a salesman with a history of short-lived jobs, dreams of reuniting with his ex-wife Marie (Watts) and starting a business with a friend, Bonny Simmons (Cheadle). Salesman is a 1969 cinema verité documentary film which follows four salesmen of expensive Bibles door-to-door in a low-income neighborhood which cannot afford expensive Bibles. ... Marriage is a relationship that plays a key role in the definition of many families. ...

When he begins working for a furniture company, his boss Jack Jones (Jack Thompson) encourages Bicke to become a better salesman by reading books such as Norman Vincent Peale's The Power of Positive Thinking and listening to similar audio tapes. Jones also tells Bicke that he thinks Richard Nixon is the greatest salesman since he sold two election promises to the American people and reneged on them both yet remained in power. Norman Vincent Peale (May 31, 1898 – December 24, 1993) was a Christian preacher and author (most notably of The Power of Positive Thinking) and a progenitor of the theory of positive thinking. Peale was born in Bowersville, Ohio and died in Pawling, New York. ... Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ...

Bicke has a business idea to start a mobile tire store, operating from a bus, with Simmons. During an interview for a small business loan, he begins to rant about how his brother's tire business was dishonest and how he couldn't tolerate that.

His unhappiness at his job grows, especially as Jones believes only in employing married men and Bicke is unable to convince Marie to pretend to be together for a company husbands-wives dinner. Bicke knows that his time at this company is running out and is relying on the small business loan being approved. He is unable to speed the process up when he arranges a meeting with the loans manager.

Watching the mailbox daily for a letter regarding the loan, he receives notification of the divorce from Marie and is upset that she didn't give them time to try to amend things. She has also moved in with another man.

He receives a letter from the loans company notifying him that they have turned down his application. He believes this is because they are racist, knowing that Bonny would be a partner.

Without the loan, he resorts to trying to deceive one of his brother's tire suppliers into giving him tires so he can start his business. It is unsuccessful and his brother (Michael Wincott) is waiting in Bicke's apartment to confront him and inform him that Bonny has been arrested for receiving stolen goods. Michael Wincott Michael Wincott is a Canadian-American character actor best known for his deep, gravelly voice. ...

He descends into depression and insanity, blaming all his troubles on then-president Richard Nixon. He plans to hijack an aircraft and to crash it into the White House. Stealing Bonny's pistol, he rushes upon an aircraft when he sees there are metal detectors and security. He shoots both of the pilots (one fatally) before demanding that a passenger fly the plane. A police officer shoots Bicke through the plane door window before Bicke decides to commit suicide. Clinical depression is a state of sadness or melancholia that has advanced to the point of being disruptive to an individuals social functioning and/or activities of daily living. ... Agnolo Bronzino, Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time (1540/45), Detail Insanity, or madness, is a semi-permanent, severe mental disorder typically stemming from a form of mental illness. ... The southern side of the White House The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States of America. ...

Some sources state that, in the course of making the film, the producers changed the spelling of Byck's last name to avoid offending any living relatives. A film producer oversees the making of movies. ... A family name, or surname, is the part of a persons name that indicates to what family he or she belongs. ...

Tagline: The mad story of a true man.

Originally, the movie was supposed to be a fictional story about a failed attempt on the life of Lyndon Johnson. When the director was researching assassins, he learned Sam Byck's story, and decided to make his movie about him.

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Richard Nixon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (5409 words)
Richard Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, California to Francis Nixon and Hannah Milhouse Nixon in a house his father built from a kit purchased from Sears, Roebuck.
Nixon promised "peace with honor," and without claiming to be able to win the war, Nixon claimed that "new leadership will end the war and win the peace in the Pacific".
Nixon's sense of being persecuted by his "enemies," his grandiose belief in his own moral and political excellence, and his commitment to utilize ruthless power at all costs led some experts to describe him as having a narcissistic and paranoid personality.
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Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, California on January 9, 1913, to Francis Nixon and Hannah Milhous.
Nixon likewise was instructed by CBS televison producers to wear a grey suit that blended into the backdrop, whereas Kennedy was told by the same producer to wear a fl suit which would stand out when fl and white television was the standard.
Nixon died on April 22, 1994 in New York City at the age of 81, from complications related to a severe stroke, and was buried beside his wife Pat Nixon on the grounds of the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace in Yorba Linda, California.
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