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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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Jerry
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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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Years later, Meryl Streep admitted she did this film after her fiancée John Cazale's death earlier in the year, as a way of coping with his loss. She noted, "I did this film on automatic pilot," Meryl remembers, "I couldn't have worked with a more lovely, more understanding person than Alan Alda." See more »

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28 September 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I was a senatorial intern in the 70's. (Fortunately never seduced.)

But this film accurately depicted the City of the Time.

Watch for the two or three second bit that depicts the "auto-pen."

When I was an intern, I was interviewed by my small-hometown-newspaper, and instructed by my supervisor that I could discuss anything, I could even disagree with the Senator, but I WAS NOT TO MENTION THE AUTO-PEN!!!

The auto-pen was a device that manipulated an actual felt-tip pen to produce a signature replica to make it appear that the Senator had actually signed a letter.


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