The true story of a man who, on February 22, 1974, was thwarted from an ambitious plan for political assassination provides the basis for this striking psychological drama. Sam Bicke (Sean Penn) is a salesman for an office-supply company whose life is slowly beginning to unravel. Bicke's job is going nowhere, his wife, Marie (Naomi Watts), has ...
The true story of a man who, on February 22, 1974, was thwarted from an ambitious plan for political assassination provides the basis for this striking psychological drama. Sam Bicke (Sean Penn) is a salesman for an office-supply company whose life is slowly beginning to unravel. Bicke's job is going nowhere, his wife, Marie (Naomi Watts), has left him, and his boss (Jack Thompson) keeps pushing self-help books on him that make a mockery of his state of mind. One of Bicke's few friends is Bonny Simmons (Don Cheadle), an auto mechanic, and together they come up with an idea for a tire shop on wheels; while neither has the money to finance the project, Bicke has learned of a program for small-business loans instituted by President Richard Nixon, which he's certain will come through for him. But Bicke is denied his loan, which dovetails with his increasing suspicion of the president's Vietnam policies and a sudden interest in the "by any means necessary" political activism of the Black Panther Party. Desperate to seem important in some way, Bicke becomes increasingly obsessed with the duplicity of Richard Nixon, until he chooses to take it upon himself to stop the president once and for all. The Assassination of Richard Nixon was the first feature film from director Niels Mueller. Mark Deming, Rovi
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Based on a true story, this film is affecting, with the character, Samuel J. Bicke (Sean Penn) inevitably lingering on in the viewer's mind. Sean Penn gives a near-brilliant performance of a man fragmenting due to the circumstances in his life coming together to build up an explosive mix in his mind. His drained wife, Marie, played by a dark-haired Naomi Watts, has separated from him, making it difficult for him to be with his children, as she wants little to do with him. His boss, Jack Jones (Jack Thompson), a greasy, vindictive man, taunts him with mean pranks, aided by his equally unattractive son, and his black 'best friend', Bonny (Don Cheadle) is tried constantly by the racial standards of the time. This is 1974 when Richard Nixon is about to face Watergate.
It is not easy to watch the mind of another human-being slowly disintegrate, and Sean Penn is just about faultless playing an insincere, smarmy character harbouring the resentments and hatred of a potential killer. Thinking he will make a difference to the world by killing President Nixon, he acquires a gun and a plot and takes steps to become the first terrorist to use a plane as a bomb. It is riveting, if gruelling theatre. The actors are all above average and the direction has the proficiency to allow us time to watch Bicke's anguish and inevitable implosion. In the light of future events, this film is startling in its prediction of the future.