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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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William Russell
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Joe Cantwell
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Mabel Cantwell
Margaret Leighton ...
Alice Russell
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Sheldon Bascomb
Lee Tracy ...
President Art Hockstader
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Sue Ellen Gamadge
Gene Raymond ...
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
Penny Singleton ...
Mrs. Claypoole (scenes deleted)
George Kirgo ...
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Storyline

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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Drama

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5 April 1964 (USA)  »

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Gore Vidal's The Best Man  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

George Furth's first movie. See more »

Goofs

Several times, stock footage of actual political rally doesn't match scenes shot especially for movie. In several shots, no one is sitting in upper seats of auditorium that are nonetheless packed in newsreel footage of same alleged event. See more »

Quotes

President Art Hockstader: Y'know, it's not that I object to your being a bastard, don't get me wrong there. It's your being such a stupid bastard that I object to.
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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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MUDSLINGING!
11 February 2000 | by (Auburn, Me) – See all my reviews

60's flick about political mudslinging between two candidates who are vying for their party's nomination for president. The action takes place at the convention as both Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson dig up the dirt about each other. Compared to today's politics this 64 film actually seems tame. Fun to watch especially during a presidential election year.


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