Kissinger and Nixon (1995)

 

 



Director:     Daniel Petrie.

Starring:     Ron Silver (Henry A. Kissinger / Narrator), Beau Bridges (Richard Nixon), Ron White (H.R. 'Bob' Haldeman, Chief of Staff), George Takei (Le Duc Tho), Kenneth Welsh (James 'Scotty' Reston), Tony Rosato (Charles Colson, Special Counsel to the President), Henry Chan (President Nguyen Van Thieu), Matt Frewer (Gen. Alexander Haig, Dep. Asst. to the President for National Security Affairs), Tom Tran (Nbo), Ping-Yu Chang (Political advisor), Adrian Hough (Lord), Paul Miller (Negreponte), Ron Hartmann (Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker), Brett Halsey (Secretary of State William P. Rogers), Graham McPherson (Gen. William Westmoreland).

Made for television movie.

Based on the book Kissinger: A Biography by Walter Isaacson.

 

 

Set in the years 1972-1973, the movie deals with the relationship between President Richard M. Nixon and his national security advisor, Henry A. Kissinger. There was a great deal of tension between Nixon and Kissinger, much of it over the Vietnam War. Kissinger is trying hard to get a peace agreement with the North Vietnamese, but Nixon doesn't want peace before the 1972 elections in which he was to be reelected.  Nixon's actions mean that the failure of the peace negotiations and a bloody end to the war, January 1973.

Nixon was not a well-man, psychologically speaking.  He suffered from a bad case of paranoia and it brought him serious political consequences.  Soon after Nixon's reelection, the Watergate scandal breaks and Nixon begins his damage control and his descent into the abyss with Kissinger and his assistant general, Alexander Haig not only standing by him, but at time buoying his spirit.

Patrick Louis Cooney, Ph. D.

 

 

 

 

 

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