Secret Honor

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A fictionalised former President Richard M. Nixon offers a solitary, stream-of-consciousness reflection on his life and political career – and the “true” reasons for the Watergate scandal and his resignation.

Secret Honor is a 1984 American historical drama film directed by Robert Altman, written by Donald Freed and Arnold M. Stone, and starring Philip Baker Hall. It is based on the play, and follows Richard Nixon as a fictional account attempting to gain insight. It was filmed at the University of Michigan.


A disgraced Richard Nixon is restlessly pacing in the study at New Jersey in the late 1970s. Armed with a loaded revolver, a bottle of Scotch whisky and a running tape recorder, while surrounded by closed circuit television cameras, he spends the next ninety minutes recalling, with rage, suspicion, sadness and disappointment, his controversial life and career in a long monologue.

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