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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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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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There are many ways to be seduced. Fame. Power. Love. Joe Tynan knows them all. See more »

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Alan Alda was still appearing in the TV comedy show series M*A*S*H (1972) when this movie was made and released. See more »

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The acting is good. The story is accurate is very Washingtonian!

Meryl Streep (Out of Africa, The Bridge of Madison County) plays the other woman, and at this time with a southern accent. Alda(Mash, Jake's Women)plays the politician who has an affair hurting his relationship with his wife Ellie(Peggy Sue Got Married). Charles Kimbrough, (Murphy Brown) plays Joe Tynan's advisor. Alda stays in Washington and his family stays in his home town. The kids are hurting because dad is always away, the wife tries all she can to accommodate her carrier and her children to fit Tynan's life. The acting is good. The story is accurate as Washington politics of 1999. The wife finds out that her husband is having an affair and makes a speech stating to be proud of her husband. This is so Washingtonian! Personally I purchased the tape because I like Meryl and Alda. Since the title of a movie does not necessarily reflect the movie, I decided to get it. It is better then Wag the Dog but I do not recommend because I am sick and tired of tales of adultery and corrupted politicians! There are many other topics that are much more interesting. I am giving this movie a five because of the actors. This movie is one that you should intentionally miss watching.


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