D: Ron Howard
Universal/Imagine/Working Title (Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner)
USA/UK/France 🇺🇸 🇬🇧 🇫🇷 2008
W: Peter Morgan [based on his play]
DP: Salvatore Totino
Ed: Mike Hill & Dan Hanley
Mus: Hans Zimmer
PD: Michael Corenblith
Michael Sheen (David Frost), Frank Langella (Richard Nixon), Kevin Bacon (Jack Brennan), Rebecca Hall (Caroline Cushing), Toby Jones (Swifty Lazar), Matthew McFadyen (John Birt), Oliver Platt (Bob Zelnick), Sam Rockwell (James Reston, Jr.)
Much more entertaining than the title would suggest, Ron Howard's film is a dramatisation of a real-life interview which occurred in 1977 between up-and-coming TV personality David Frost and disgraced US president Richard Nixon.
Nixon had remained silent in the years following his resignation, but people wanted to know the truth, but it was almost impossible to procure without the possibility of TV journalists damaging their own reputations, so Frost was treading on eggshells in his approach to, and conduct during, the infamous showdown.
This isn't without the usual romanticised Hollywood gloss but plays out really well, with taut, low-key direction from Ron Howard. It isn't imperative to the plot to possess knowledge of the Watergate scandal or the truths about the Vietnam War, but it helps if you know a little about the background.
Frank Langella delivers a first class performance as Tricky Dicky and Michael Sheen also give a credible account as the intrepid young journalist.
On the DVD bonus menu, it's also worth watching excerpts from the real-life interview for comparison.