• Publication date: December 29, 2009

The mad story of a true man How it all led him to the idea

The Assasination of Richard Nixon is based on real-life events surrounding Sam Bicke. Unable to cope with his failures in life, as well as President�s Nixon�s duplicity, Sam decides to hijack a plane in order to crash it into the White House.

The Assasination of Richard Nixon is based on real-life events surrounding Sam Bicke. Unable to cope with his failures in life, as well as President�s Nixon�s duplicity, Sam decides to hijack a plane in order to crash it into the White House.

The film stars Sean Penn as Sam Bicke, Jack Thompson as Jack Jones, Mikelti Williamson as Harold Mann, Don Cheadle as Bonny, Naomi Watts as Mary Bicke, Michael Wincott as Julius Bicke, and Nick Searcy as Tom Ford. The film is directed by Niels Mueller.

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 is a salesman for an office-supply company whose life is slowly beginning to unravel. Bicke's job is going nowhere, his wife, Marie, has left him, and his boss 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, 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, until he chooses to take it upon himself to stop the president once and for all.

The film received special recognition in excellence in filmmaking by the National Board of review, USA.

Rated R for language and a scene of graphic violence

Running time: 95 mins