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The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)

R | | Drama | 17 August 1979 (USA)
Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment. It means losing an old friend and fudging principles to make the necessary deals, as well... See full summary »

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Joe Tynan
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Ellie
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Senator Kittner
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Senator Birney
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Francis
Carrie Nye ...
Aldena Kittner
Michael Higgins ...
Senator Pardew
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Janet
Maureen Anderman ...
Joe's Secretary
Chris Arnold ...
Jerry
John Badila ...
Reporter on TV screen
Robert Christian ...
Arthur Briggs
Maurice Copeland ...
Mr. Edward Anderson
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Congresswoman at Party
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Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment. It means losing an old friend and fudging principles to make the necessary deals, as well as further straining his already part-time family life. But it could be a big boost to his career, so he takes it on. Helping him prepare the case is pretty southern researcher Karen Traynor, and their developing relationship further complicates and compromises his life. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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The nickname of Senator Joseph Tynan (Alan Alda) was "Joe". See more »

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One of the best films of the 70s
27 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979) Once again, Streep creates cinematic sparks in a role not quite big enough to qualify as a starring vehicle. This time, affecting a southern accent (the first of many roles she would tackle that required linguistic flexibility) she plays a political maneuverer latching onto up-and-coming Senator Alan Alda. Her portrayal is a brittle blend of coiled-up energy and soft southern feminine allure. It's one of my favorite roles she's played to date.

Also, look for the seldom-seen onscreen Barbara Harris as Alda's smart and nobody's-fool-of-a-wife. Her quirky way of handling dialogue has always been for me, a text book demonstration for younger actresses on how to make a part your own.

There's a fun, sexy scene with Alda and Streep ripping each other's clothes off too though don't expect the exposure you see in movies of the '90s. All in all, it is well worth the effort to seek out this undeservedly-overlooked movie in your local video store.


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