Watch: Tim Matheson as Reagan in Nat Geo's 'Killing Reagan' Trailer

July 31, 2016
Source: YouTube

Killing Reagan Trailer

"Last time I checked, I am in control here." We don't usually cover TV trailers, but this one seems like it's worth making an exception for. Killing Reagan is a feature film for the National Geographic Channel made by filmmaker Rod Lurie. It's an adaptation of the book of the same name retelling the events of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan in March of 1981. Actor Tim Matheson plays Reagan, Cynthia Nixon plays his wife Nancy, and the cast includes Joe Chrest, Joel Murray, Gary Weeks, and Kyle S. More as John Hinckley Jr, who tried to shoot Reagan while at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. in an attempt to impress actress Jodie Foster. Even though this is technically a TV movie, it looks like it has some strong performances in it, and it might be worth catching when it airs. Take a look.

Here's the official trailer (+ book cover) for Rod Lurie's Killing Reagan, direct from YouTube:

Killing Reagan Poster

A look at John Hinkley's 1981 assassination attempt against U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Based on the best-selling book, Killing Reagan charts the events that led to one moment of national terror, and the unexpected imprints it made on history. Killing Reagan is directed by Israeli-American filmmaker Rod Lurie, of the films The Contender, The Last Castle, Resurrecting the Champ, Nothing But the Truth, and Straw Dogs previously. The screenplay is by Eric Simonson and Bill O'Reilly; based on the book of the same name by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard. The feature film, Killing Reagan, will premiere on the National Geographic Channel as a Global Television Movie Event on Sunday, October 16th later this fall. Thoughts?

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  • When he said "last time I checked, I was in control", I waited for :"say my name!" Could be good, but I am not interested in Reagan's life.
  • shiboleth
    Yeah, assassinations are not really the way to solve anything. Yeah, there are a lot of public figures to despise, but to feel accountable for them ..? And, afterwards, the only thing one can achieve with the assassination of someone is even more mess. Terrible thing even to think of ... Anyway, Reagan was a villain in my understanding of politics and public service, so I'm not interested in this ...
  • This looks terrible. Bill O'Reilly is a mental case, would never watch this. Since you've covered a tv show, what did you reckon to Stranger Things? It might be interesting in the future with things like that coming out almost as mini-movies?
    • I watched two episodes of Stranger things. I loved the 80s vibe.
      Doubtful FirstShowing will start covering series. STRANGER THINGS was very good though.
    • Bo
      I agree it looks terrible and O'Reilly is a mental case. This movie was also directed by Rod Lurie who is a schlock artist and this certainly does look like maudlin schlock. I've never forgive Lurie, when he was a critic, and panned Warren Beatty's Bulworth. Fair enough, but Lurie was an obvious Republican/Conservative. What was idiotic was he hated the look of the film; the cinematography. The DP on that movie was the great Vittorio Stararo who shot Apocalypse Now and Beatty's Reds. So I knew that Lurie as an idiotic without a bit of aesthetic awareness. TV and this silliness of a movie is right up his alley.
    Lifetime called. They want there POS back.
  • kitano0
    Listen, I am not a Reagan fan, not by a long shot. What I am is a fan of good acting and characterization...this looks like it will fit the that criteria. This will be a total fabrication, and that's the way to look at it going in. Matheson and Nixon look great in this.
  • Quietus
    1. Disappointed that the quote wasn't a reference to Alexander Haig's actual words. 2. So, this is the result of Rupert Murdoch purchasing National Geographic.
    • Mark Brackney
      Wait, Murdoch owns National Geographic, now? Why was I not informed of this...
  • Mark Brackney
    Seriously, though, fuck Bill O'Reilly.
    • tommyturner
      Very intelligent and well thought out. How long did it take you to come up with such an eloquent, insightful way of expressing your feelings? Seriously, though......
      • Mark Brackney
        ...I take it you're a Fox News fan, I guess? Well, with that said, if you're going to vote for Trump, the ballot's to the right. The far-right.
        • tommyturner
          You may THINK you know about me. Make assumptions that COULD be true. What IS true, though, is that you have a very base, crass vocabulary and don't have (or don't care to have) the ability to create an intelligent discussion. Your original post is just so deep and insightful.
          • Mark Brackney
            Are you, are you butthurt because I said the "f"-word? Besides, you just literally "met" me. You're judging me based on one, particular comment, and not, like, hundreds of my other comments. So, with that said, piss off, you little wanker, and be anally-injured somewhere else, okay? Okay. Have a pleasant evening. Jerk.
          • tommyturner
            Wow. Thank you for repeatedly making my point.
          • Mark Brackney
            ...okay, now you're just trolling. Good bye!




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