President Nixon Liked Movies --- Complete List Of Every Film He Saw As President

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  1. David Von Pein

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    Most U.S. Presidents liked to watch movies in the White House (and Camp David, among other screening locales).

    And Richard Nixon really seemed to like to watch movies while he was President (from 1969 to 1974). Jimmy Carter, from the info I've seen gathered, is the President who saw the most movies as Chief Executive -- 580 of them! Carter, in fact, is the only U.S. Prez to screen an "X"-Rated flick while President ("Midnight Cowboy").

    I thought the linked list below (of Nixon's screenings) might be of interest to some people.

    Kind of interesting to see that Mr. Nixon had free time enough to view more than 500 films while serving as President. He probably saw more movies than some DVD collectors see nowadays.

    Mr. Nixon didn't waste much time either -- just two days after being inaugurated in January 1969, he watched his first movie in the White House ("The Shoes Of The Fisherman"). Never heard of it. ...........

    MOVIES PRESIDENT NIXON WATCHED.
     
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    Looks like the man really enjoyed Patton and Around the World in 80 Days.
     
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    A lot of Clint Eastwood too.
     
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    Wow. Impressive list. President Nixon was a film fan. That's quite a movie list indeed.
     
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    I believe Midnight Cowboy's rating was reduced to R in 1971, well before Carter took office.

    DJ
     
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    Wow, Nixon had great taste in movies.

    Just glancing at the list, he seemed to really like John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, and large-format epics. Eclectic, too... Citizen Kane and Lawrence of Arabia... with Kelly's Heroes and Mame. [​IMG]

    Great to see that he was a fan of Around the World in 80 Days and Lawrence of Arabia, as well.
     
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    What movies did other presidents watch?

    And does the White House still use film projection or does it now use video?
     
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    Nixon was obviously a fan of David Lean as well, having watched Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Bridge on the River Kwai and Ryan's Daughter.
     
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    Yes, but I think it's quite possible that Mr. Carter viewed a special screening of the "X"-Rated version at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. *

    * = Info provided by "Deep Throat II", my personal source to POTUS. [​IMG]
     
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    I'd enjoy seeing a movie-watching list for both President Clinton and President Kennedy. I have a feeling I'd like the films on both of those lists.

    I know the last film ever seen by JFK was the Oscar-Winning "Tom Jones".
     
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    I thought I read somewhere that From Russia with Love was the last movie he saw.
     
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    I know that President George W. Bush screened "Thirteen Days" at the White House early in his term. I believe he invited Senator Ted Kennedy to the screening as well.

    I thought "Thirteen Days" was a pretty solid flick.
     
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    [​IMG] Please. You can attack any film as being a film and not 100% pure truth. Thirteen Days was as faithful a representation of the Cuban Missile Crisis as you're going to get in a film. And the extras make it very clear where time compression, etc. are used to tell the story. The guy at that link just has a political axe to grind. [​IMG]
     
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    Regardless of the accuracy of the history involved, I thought the crew and actors did a decent job of developing tension, etc.
     
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    Just to note, I have Thirteen Days in my DVD collection. It's not so bad to let other points of view in.
     
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    Havent seen 13 Days yet but I kept meaning too.

    I wonder what Nixon thought of All the Presidents Men? [​IMG]
     
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    LOL

    I wonder if he ever watched it. If he did it obviously wasn't when he was in office!
     
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    What a fascinating cultural artifact.

    It certainly humanizes him: it's hard to dislike someone who apparently liked Billy Wilder.
     

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