In 1977, three years after Richard Milhous Nixon resigned the presidency of the United States of America in disgrace in the midst of the Watergate scandal, television personality David Frost convinced him to break his silence in one no-holds-barred interview for the hefty price of half a million dollars. Nixon intended to talk circles around the lightweight interviewer and try to redeem himself in the eyes of America, while Frost intended to try to give the former president the trial he would never have after he’d been pardoned for any potential wrongdoing. The result was a display of verbal maneuvering that eventually resulted in Nixon likely revealing more than he’d ever wanted to.
The Broadway play Frost/Nixon won Frank Langella a Tony for his portrayal of Nixon, and he is reprising that role for Ron Howard’s film version, as is Michael Sheen returning to play Frost. They’re supported by a team of great actors, like Sam Rockwell, Oliver Platt and Kevin Bacon, and it’s got Academy Award consideration written all over it.
Here is some footage of the actual Frost/Nixon interviews.