Assassination of Richard Nixon, The

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The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)

The Assassination of Richard Nixon is a 2004 drama that focuses on the failed assassination of President Richard Nixon by Samuel Byck (changed to Bicke in the film) in 1974. The film was the directorial debut of writer/director Niels Mueller and stars Sean Penn as Bicke and Don Cheadle as Bonny Simmons, his friend and business partner.



Smith & Wesson Model 14

The main weapon used in this movie is a Smith & Wesson Model 14 "target masterpiece" fitted with custom pearl grips . Stolen from Bonny (Don Cheadle), Sam (Sean Penn) uses it to kill his wife's dog and during his hijacking of the plane. In the actual events, Byck (his real name was changed for film) used a .22 revolver of an unknown make or model.

Smith & Wesson Model 14 - .38 Special
Sam finds the Benny's revolver in a drawer. Notice the pearl grips and the Smith & Wesson logo.
Sam kills the family dog.
Sam holds the revolver on the scared passengers
Sam commands a flight attendant to shut the door.
Tell them, Maestro, tell them why I did this. After being shot three times, Sam goes into a monologue (not seen here) and puts the S&W to his head.

Unknown Smith & Wesson Revolvers

The security guards at the airport are carrying Smith & Wesson revolvers of an unknown model. They are most likely either Smith & Wesson Model 10s, Smith & Wesson Model 15s, or Smith & Wesson Model 19s. They could be a combination of the three. In the actual event Charles Troyer (an Anne Arundel County police officer on the jetway) injured Byck with a .357 Magnum taken from Maryland Aviation Administration Police Officer George Neal Ramsburg (Byck had just shot and killed him). Also, there were Police Officers trying to shoot the Plane tires before it could get off the ground, but their .38 special revolvers could not penetrate them.

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