Hail to the Chief Blogathon – Secret Honor (1984)


This is the first of three posts that are part of the Hail to the Chief Blogathon being hosted by Robin of Pop Culture Reverie.

Tnx for letting me participate!


secret-honor“My mother use to always say that there is no path to peace because peace is the path.” – Nixon

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Oct 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A fictionalized version of what Nixon might have said if he chose to make a confession tape.

My Take on it – When Robin announced this blogathon, I was quite excited because being a fan of the Presidency, I had dreams of rewatching some of my favorite Presidential film portrayals for this blogathon.

I decided however that it would probably be even better if I were to choose 3 films that OI have never seen and review them in the hope of creating additional favorite Presidential film portrayals.

This film actually took me by surprise because it was totally not what I had expected at all.

Phillip Baker Hall does a wonderful job here in this one man show and portrays a version of Nixon that seems both familiar and distant.

Unfortunately, this film is a complete mess and feels like a 90 minute rant instead of something with a bit more structure.

There isn’t much pleasure watching this film because of the fact that the character of Nixon keeps going off on tangents and just rants and raves the whole time while he is supposedly trying to tape a confession of his actions.

The tangents are completely raged filled and it’s truly a wonder that some of them even make a bit of sense before falling once again into oblivion.

We will never know whether the ideas presented here are even close to the truth or not.  I just hope that the real truth makes more sense than what they presented here.

Bottom Line – Hall does a great job here but the film is a complete mess because there is no pleasure watching a man become completely obsessed as he tries to confess. The monologue goes off on so many raged filled tangents that it’s a miracle that even some of the rants are valid. No one will ever know what is truth or fiction here but let’s hope the reasonings are better than the ones presented here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film effectively launched Philip Baker Hall’s cinematic career. Prior to his tour de force performance here, Hall’s career had largely been confined to small roles on TV and in the theater. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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4 thoughts on “Hail to the Chief Blogathon – Secret Honor (1984)

  1. Pingback: The Hail-to-the-Chief Blogathon Is Finally Here | Pop Culture Reverie

  2. Rating: Razzie Worthy – Oh my! And it’s a Robert Altman film? I couldn’t expect sometthing razzie worthy coming from him :0
    I’ll be glad to avoid this movie, thanks!
    Don’t forget to read my contribution to the blogathon! 🙂
    Cheers!
    Le

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