Films/TV of the Nixon Era 1968-1974

1968 - ABC Evening News for Sept. 13: (1) North Vietnam attack near Tay Ninh. (2) Nixon and Humphrey campaign (3) Sen. Strom Thurmond at work with Judiciary Committee (4) George Wallace campaign in Cincinnati (5) Barry Goldwater opens senatorial campaign (6) Baseball's Dennis McLain of Detroit Tigers (7) French-British Concorde & Soviet TU-144 due to make 1st flights (8) Czech-Soviet crisis (9) Pueblo crew in North Korea (10) Talman anti-cigarette commercial.

1969 - CBS Evening News for July 28: (1) Nixon on world tour promotong his Nixon Doctrine calling for reduction of American military involvement in Asian affairs.(2) In Vietnam, fighting north of Saigon. Lull believed prelude to new offensive. (3) In Mideast, Israel planes hit Arab positions across Suez Canal & in Jordan. (4) Future of Ted Kennedy (5) Gun Control Report (6) Fiscal surplus report, stock market (7) Surtax extension and ABM. (7) House Armed Services subcommittee report blames command structure for Pueblo capture & shooting down of reconnaissance plane. (8) Nerve gas report. (9) C-5A cost report. (10) Soviet Fleet in Cuba.(11) Broadway composer Frank Loesser, 59, dies in NY of lung cancer. (12) Smoking report. (13) National Urban League Conference. (14) Space news,low-cost houseing, Apollo XI crew in good health, moon rocks.

1970 - Documentary film Woodstock, directed by Michael Wadleigh released March 26, 1970, about the Woodstock rock concert of 1969 at Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York on August 15-17, won Oscar for Best Documentary of 1970.

1972 - NBC Evening News for January 10: (1) Baton Rouge riot (2) US Naval task led by U.S.S. Enterprise force in Bay of Bengal leaves for S. China Sea (3) Sheik Mujibur Rahman returns to a free Bangladesh with hatred for no one, but satisfaction that truth has triumphed over falsehood, welcomed by thousands (4) Nixon may have supported W. Pakistan in clash with India because of Communist China. Scenes of Chinese tearing down Anti-American signs in Peking, Shanghai, & Hangchow, where Nixon will visit. UPI quotes London sources that purging of Chinese leadership who were against opening to US and Pro-Russian. Death of former Vice Prem. Chen Yi announced (5) Election campaign with Humphrey, Muskie.

1974 - CBS Evening News for January 11: (1) Energy crisis. Oil industry critic Christopher Rand believes oil companies withhold supplies with government's knowledge. Sen. Henry Jackson heads committee to probe energy crisis. (2) Kissinger and spying (3) Russian wheat deal delayed (4) tobacco report.

1974 - ABC Evening News for January 11: (1) Mideast ceasefire by Kissinger (2) Energy crisis.(3) Kissinger and White House "plumbers" unit (4) Ehrlichman and Watergate (5) tobacco report (6) Super Bowl.

1976 - All the President's Men, feature film, directed by Alan J. Pakula, based on the 1976 book by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward about Watergate.

1977 - David Frost Interviews Richard Nixon, six-hour interview broadcast on BBC-TV. "Frost's interviews with Richard Nixon after Watergate were revealing, much acclaimed and achieved the largest audience for a news interview in history." 1

1980 - Ten Thousand Day War, TV documentary series in 13 one-hour episodes produced the the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, written by Peter Arnett, narrated by Richard Basehart. Episode 8 "Front Line America" on first Nixon administration 1969-72 as protest grows, Kent State, Jane Fonda, Eugene McCarthy. Episode 9 "Soldiering On" on first Nixon administration 1969-72. Episode 10 "The Village War" on the vietnamization effort. Episode 11 "Peace" on Kissinger at Paris peace talks, the 1972 agreement, the December Christmas bombing, the Jan. 1973 peace, Thieu feels betrayed, Nixon resigns 1974. Episode 12 "Surrender" on U.S. pull-out 1973-1975. Episode 13 "The Unsung Soldiers" on the end of war in 1975; return of vets & their problems.

1980 - Television and the Presidency, TV documentary based on the "Making of the President" books by Theodore White, hosted by E. G. Marshal and Theodore White, broadcast in three episodes by CBS.

1986 - Our World 1973, one-hour documentary on ABC-TV.

1994 - Forrest Gump, feature film, released June 23, directed by Robert Zemeckis.

1994 - Watergate, five-hour TV documentary directed by Mick Gold, narrated by Daniel Schorr, broadcast Aug. 7 by the Discovery Channel.

1995 - Kissinger and Nixon, TV film broadcast Dec. 10 on TNT, directed by Daniel Petrie, based on the 1992 biography of Henry Kissinger by Walter Isaacson, with Beau Bridges as Nixon and Ron Silver as Kissinger.

1995 - Nixon, feature film released Dec. 20 by Buena Vista Pictures, directed by Oliver Stone, with Anthony Hopkins and Joan Allen as Dick and Pat.

1998 - Cold War, documentary TV series by CNN in 24 episodes, broadcast Dec. 1998 and Jan. 1999.

2000 - Remember the Titans, feature film released Sept. 23, directed by Boaz Yakin, based on the true story of T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, where Herman Boone was appointed the first black coach of the integrated high school football team in 1971.

2001 - The Dish, feature film released in the U.S. March 14, directed by Rob Sitch, about the Australian TV relay station that broadcast the live picture from Apollo 11 on April 20, 1969.

2002 - The Weather Underground, documentary film directed by Sam Green and Bill Siegel, produced by KQED.

2003 - The Pentagon Papers, feature film directed by Rod Holcomb, broadcast by FX, based on the true story of Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the papers to the New York Times in 1971.

2004 - Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry, documentary film released oct. 1, directed by George Butler, based on the 2004 book Tour of Duty, by Douglas Brinkley.

2006 - Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer, documentary TV episode of "Sports in the 20th Century" by HBO, broadcast April 25, about King's promotion of women's tennis, Associated Press's Woman Athlete of the Year in 1967 and 1973, Sports Illustrated's Sportswoman of the Year in 1972, Time Magazine's Woman of the Year in 1976. Her match with Bobby Riggs was broadcast from the Houston Astrodome on September 20, 1973. drawing the largest TV audience yet for a live tennis match, estimated at 50 million.

Sources:

  1. Profile: Sir David Frost from BBC
  2. The Weather Underground film
  3. Cold War Policies includes Films and Nixon 1968-74

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