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The Best Man (1964)

 -  Drama  -  5 April 1964 (USA)
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The two front runners for their party's Presidential nomination, one principled and the other ruthless, vie for the ex-President's endorsement.

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William Russell
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Joe Cantwell
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Mabel Cantwell
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Alice Russell
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Sheldon Bascomb
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President Art Hockstader
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Don Cantwell
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Dick Jensen
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Herself
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Howard K. Smith
John Henry Faulk ...
Gov. T.T. Claypoole
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Sen. Oscar Anderson
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Mrs. Claypoole (scenes deleted)
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The other party is in disarray. Five men vie for the party nomination for president. No one has a majority as the first ballot closes and the front-runners begin to decide how badly they want the job. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Does The Best Man Always Get To The White House?

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5 April 1964 (USA)  »

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Gore Vidal's The Best Man  »

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Trivia

Final film of Lee Tracy. See more »

Goofs

When Joe Cantwell (Cliff Robertson) is watching the convention floor on TV monitors and talking on a walkie-talkie he is holding a coffee cup in his right hand when the shot is of his back but it disappears when the shot is from the front. See more »

Quotes

T.T. Claypoole: Nice thing about you, Joe, is that you can sound like a liberal, but at heart you're an American
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, a picture of every single U.S. President appears in order, from George Washington to Lyndon Johnson. See more »

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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 13 September 1964 (1964) See more »

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An Excellent Morality Play
16 May 2005 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

Gore Vidal's "The Best Man" is one of my favorite films. Though written at a time when political conventions still mattered, the subject matter is still very appropriate. Basic moral questions are asked and soul searching by the thoughtful viewer takes place. How far would you go to win? Would you knowingly slander a political opponent with false information to gain the upper hand? How much of a candidates past is relevant today?

The cast is brilliant. Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, Lee Tracy, Ann Sothern, all are wonderful. Mahalia Jackson makes a cameo singing her heart out at a pre-convention gathering. One of the candidates is rumored to have had psychological problems. Womanizing is another issue. There are homosexual rumors flying around concerning another candidate. Another candidate is a racist.

What is really interesting is Vidal's take on the supposed "two party system". In this movie, there is only one party, as the candidate to be nominated is according to the former President "almost certain to become our next President". This is prophetic on Vidal's part, as the two major party's today have drifted so similarly close to each other on many issues, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish them.

To correct the other reviewer of this film, Cliff Robertson does not play a bachelor candidate. Edie Adams does a great job playing his attractive wife.

"The Best Man" is great film, nearly as relevant today, as it was over 40 years ago. Now, if it was only available on DVD.


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