- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 5, 2004
- Originally Released: 1985
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: Excerpts from archival films documenting key events in President Richard M. Nixon's political career
- Interviews: Philip Baker Hall
- Audio Commentary:
- Robert Altman - Director
- Donald Freed - Writer
- Additional Text: Essay by Michael Wilmington
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"My mother always used to say that there is no path to peace. Peace is the path."
- Richard Nixon (Philip Baker Hall)
New York Times - 06/07/1985
"...A cinematic tour-de-force....[Hall's] contribution is a legitimate, bravura performance..."
New York Times - 12/29/1985
Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1985"
USA Today - 11/27/1992
"...Amazingly cinematic....It also preserves Philip Baker Hall's unforgettable bile-spouting performance..."
This funny, offbeat movie is a mythical portrayal of former President Richard Nixon's struggle to cope with the death of his political career after Watergate. The film is directed by visionary filmmaker Robert Altman who brought us MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER, NASHVILLE, THE PLAYER, and SHORT CUTS, among others. SECRET HONOR is based on the one-man stage play of the same name.
Essential Cinema |
- The one-man, one-act stage play SECRET HONOR opened in Los Angeles in 1983; later, Robert Altman backed the show's tour of the States. The production was turned into a film in 1984 during Altman's tenure as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, and co-produced by the University of Michigan Communications Department and the Los Angeles Actors Theatre. Some of the university's students also participated in the filming of the project.
- SECRET HONOR was first shown, unannounced, at the Seattle Film Festival in 1984. It then played for ten days at San Francisco's Cannery Theatre, immediately prior to the Democratic National Convention.
- Robert Altman said of the film, "We don't know what we've got here."
- SECRET HONOR is one of nine stage adaptations filmed by director Robert Altman in the 1980s, in addition to: COME BACK TO THE 5 & DIME JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN (1982), STREAMERS (1983), FOOL FOR LOVE (1985), and BEYOND THERAPY (1987). The other four adaptations are television films.
- The film is also known as SECRET HONOR: A POLITICAL MYTH; SECRET HONOR: LAST TESTAMENT OF RICHARD M. NIXON; and LORDS OF TREASON.