Nixon script
Nixon (1995)
Synopsis: Nixon is a 1995 American epic biographical film directed by Oliver Stone for Cinergi Pictures that tells the story of the political and personal life of former U.S. President Richard Nixon, played by Anthony Hopkins. The film portrays Nixon as a complex and, in many respects, admirable, though deeply flawed, person. Nixon begins with a disclaimer that the film is "an attempt to understand the truth [...] based on numerous public sources and on an incomplete historical record."

A BLACK SCREEN as the film rattles out, followed by a RADIO

REPORT over the darkened room, the sounds of doors closing.

RADIO REPORT (V.O.)

Five men wearing surgical gloves and

business suits, and carrying cameras

and electronic surveillance equipment,

were arrested today in the

headquarters of the Democratic

National Committee in Washington.

They were unarmed.

Nobody knows yet why they were there

or what they were looking for...

FADE IN TO:

EXT. THE WHITE HOUSE - NIGHT (1973)

TITLES RUN - A raw November night. We are looking through

the black iron bars of the fence towards the facade of the

Executive Mansion. A LIGHT is on in a second floor room.

We move towards it through the bars, across the lawn. Dead

leaves blow past. A SUBTITLE READS: "NOVEMBER 1973"

A black LIMOUSINE slides up to the White House West Wing.

An armed GUARD with a black DOBERMAN approaches.

The window opens slightly. The Guard peers in. Then, he

opens the door.

GUARD:

Good evening, General Haig.

GENERAL ALEXANDER HAIG gets out, walks up the steps. He

carries a manila envelope. As he enters the White House,

we hear an AUDIO MONTAGE of NEWS REPORTERS from the

previous year. The VOICES fade in and out, overlap.

REPORTERS (V.O.)

Judge John Sirica today sentenced the

Watergate burglars to terms ranging

from up to forty years ... The White

House continues to deny any

involvement ...

INT. THE WHITE HOUSE - VESTIBULE - NIGHT

HAIG enters, starts up the stairs. The mansion is dark,

silent. Like a tomb.

REPORTERS (V.O.)

Presidential counsel John Dean

testified before the Senate Watergate

Committee that the scandal reaches to

the highest levels ...

MOVING:
A low-angle shot of Haig's spit-shined shoes moving

down the long corridor of the second floor of the

Residence.

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Christopher Wilkinson

Christopher Wilkinson (born March 29, 1950) is an American screenwriter, producer, and director. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Nixon (1995). He also wrote the screenplays for Ali (2001) and Copying Beethoven (2006), the latter of which he also produced. Most of his scripts are historically based and co-written with Stephen J. Rivele. more…

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