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Richard(1972)

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Richard M. Nixon reflects on his rise to power: Upon returning from service in the Navy, he replies to a newspaper advertisement for a political candidate. The three campaign managers who placed the ad hire Richard but, upon noting his awkwardness, advise him to undergo plastic surgery. After Richard engages the services of a hack doctor, he is left with swollen cheeks. Accompanied by his wife Pat, he nonetheless catapults to success, first gaining election as a Congressman, then Senator, then Vice President to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. However, John F. Kennedy defeats him in a presidential campaign, and soon after, Pat Brown beats him in a race to be governor of California. Humiliated and despondent, Richard is cheered by a visit from his guardian angel, who assures him he has a destiny to fulfill on earth, but orders him to be subjected to brainwashing in order to improve his personality. Three Washington doctors force Richard to watch multiple film reels of his speeches, resulting in his successful reformation, to the point that he finds his own image nausea-inducing. The new Richard regains national prominence. While attending a celebration party, he samples marijuana, then imagines his younger self admonishing him for his various wicked ways. Richard renounces his former behavior and, after being named President, also enjoys his new skills as a song-and-dance man.