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 PROLOGUE APPEARS on a black screen:

"This film is an attempt to understand the truth of Richard

Nixon, thirty-seventh president of the United States. It

is based on numerous public sources and on an incomplete

historical record.

In consideration of length, events and characters have been

condensed, and some scenes among protagonists have been

conjectured."

On a portable screen we read the famous words from Matthew:

"What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole

world and lose his own soul?" This FADES into:

A BLACK AND WHITE 16-mm sales training FILM. At the

moment, the sales manager, BOB, is chatting with EARL, a

rookie salesman.

BOB:

Sure you've got a great product, Earl.

But you have to remember what you're

really selling.

(then)

Yourself.

INT. WATERGATE HOTEL - CONFERENCE ROOM - NIGHT

Seven men in shirts and ties are seated around a table in a

darkened room. They are smoking Cuban cigars, idly

watching the film.

TITLE:
"JUNE 17, 1972." Then: "THE WATERGATE HOTEL"

A BUSBOY yawns as he clears away the remains of dinner. A

WAITER starts pouring Margaritas from a pitcher.

A balding man in his early fifties tosses a five onto the

table. He is HOWARD HUNT.

HUNT:

Just leave it.

The waiter puts down the pitcher, picks up the five, and

follows the busboy out of the room.

The moment the door closes behind them, GORDON LIDDY is on

his feet, locking the door. OTHER MEN are visible, putting

on jackets, securing technical equipment from briefcases

and bags. They are: FRANK STURGIS, BERNARD BARKER, EUGENIO

MARTINEZ, VIRGILIO GONZALES, and JAMES MCCORD.

LIDDY:

(checks his watch)

Zero-one-twenty-one. Mark.

Sturgis rolls his eyes, drains his Margarita. Liddy pulls

a wad of cash from his pocket, starts passing out hundred

dollar bills to his men.

LIDDY (CONT'D)

Just in case you need to buy a cop.

But don't spend it all in one place.

We're going to do McGovern's office

later tonight.

McCord shakes his head.

LIDDY (CONT'D)

Orders from the White House, partner.

Liddy bypasses Hunt, who is browsing a folded Spanish

language paper.

LIDDY (CONT'D)

Howard ... What the hell? What're you

doing?

HUNT:

Dogs ... Season starts tomorrow.

(off Liddy's look)

It keeps me calm. I don't like going

back into the same building four

times.

Liddy mutters something didactic in German.

HUNT (CONT'D)

Mein Kampf?

LIDDY:

(translates into English)

"A warrior with nerves of steel is yet

broken by a thread of silk."

Nietzsche.

HUNT:

Personally I'd prefer a greyhound with

a shot of speed.

LIDDY:

(to all)

Remember -- listen up! Fire team

discipline is there at all times.

Keep your radios on at all times

during the entire penetration. Check

yourselves. Phony ID's, no wallets,

no keys. We rendezvous where? The

Watergate, Room 214. When? At zero

three-hundred.

STURGIS:

Yawohl, mein fartenfuhrer.

LIDDY:

(narrowing, waving his gun)

Don't start with me, Frank, I'll make

you a new asshole.

HUNT:

(rising past them)

Let's get the fuck out of here, shall

we, ladies?

LIDDY:

Anything goes wrong, head for your

homes, just sit tight -- you'll hear

from me or Howard.

HUNT:

(aside)

Personally, I'll be calling the

President of the United States.

A nervous chuckle as Hunt follows Liddy out the main door.

The rest exit through the door behind the screen.

The FILM is ending. Bob puts a hand on Earl's shoulder.

BOB:

And remember, Earl: Always look 'em in

the eye.

(to the camera)

Nothing sells like sincerity.

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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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