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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alan Alda ... Joe Tynan

Barbara Harris ... Ellie

Meryl Streep ... Karen Traynor

Rip Torn ... Senator Kittner

Melvyn Douglas ... Senator Birney

Charles Kimbrough ... Francis
Carrie Nye ... Aldena Kittner

Michael Higgins ... Senator Pardew

Blanche Baker ... Janet
Maureen Anderman ... Joe's Secretary
Chris Arnold ... Jerry
John Badila ... Reporter on TV screen
Robert Christian ... Arthur Briggs
Maurice Copeland ... Mr. Edward Anderson

Lu Elrod ... Congresswoman at Party

Clarence Felder ... Golf Pro
Gus Fleming ... Eric

Merv Griffin ... Himself
Marian Hailey ... Sheila Lerner (as Marian Hailey Moss)

Dan Hedaya ... Alex Heller

Ronald Hunter ... TV News Director
Walter Klavun ... Waldorf M.C.
Norman La Rochelle ... Oscar Harris
Kaiulani Lee ... Angela
Charles Levin ... John Cairn
Christopher McHale ... Bert - Radio Aide

Ron Menchine ... Senator Aikers
Michael B. Miller ... Reporter Tom (as M.B. Miller)
Bill Moor ... Barry Traynor

Novella Nelson ... Carla Willis
Stephen D. Newman ... Congressman Wayne Tiller
Eric Pederson ... Waiter
Wyman Pendleton ... Dick Harman
Don Plumley ... Clerk at Golf Resort
Ben Prestbury ... Servant
Adam Ross ... Paul Tynan
Frederick Rolf ... Harvard Professor

Peter Henry Schroeder ... Ned (The Senator)
William Shust ... Ned Townes
Cathy Simpson ... TV Station Secretary
Martha Sherrill ... Woman at Golf Resort
Ben Slack ... Man in T-Shirt
Leon B. Stevens ... Senator Hamer
Frank Stoegerer ... Reporter
Suzanne Stone ... Reporter
Kay Todd ... Woman at Party
Jeff R. Wallace ... Elevator Operator
Nathan Wilansky ... Senate Clerk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joe Cipriano ... Photographer (uncredited)
T.G. Finkbinder ... Senate Aid (uncredited)
Stephen Frazier ... Senator's Aide (uncredited)

Frank Kahlil Wheaton ... Senate Aide (uncredited)

Directed by
Jerry Schatzberg 
Writing credits
Alan Alda (written by)

Produced by
Martin Bregman .... producer
Louis A. Stroller .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bill Conti 
Cinematography by
Adam Holender 
Film Editing by
Evan A. Lottman  (as Evan Lottman)
Art Direction by
David Chapman 
Set Decoration by
Alan Hicks 
Costume Design by
Jo Ynocencio 
Makeup Department
Colleen Callaghan .... hair department head
Margaret Sunshine .... makeup artist
Production Management
Louis A. Stroller .... unit production manager (as Lou Stroller)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yudi Bennett .... second assistant director
Ralph S. Singleton .... first assistant director (as Ralph Singleton)
Art Department
Leslie Bloom .... property master (as Les Bloom)
Richard Hughes .... scenic chargeman
Harold McConnell .... set dresser
Sound Department
Lee Dichter .... re-recording mixer
Marc Laub .... sound editor (as Marc M. Laub)
Dennis Maitland II .... boom operator
James Sabat .... sound (as Jim Sabat)
Louis Cerborino .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bob Reily .... special effects
Edward Iacobelli .... stunt coordinator (as Ed Iacobelli)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lou Barlia .... camera operator
Sandy Brooke .... assistant camera
Dick Deats .... key grip
James Finnerty .... key grip (as Jim Finnerty)
Michael Ginsburg .... still photographer
Lee Heckler .... gaffer
Jerome L. Posner .... best boy (as Jerry Posner)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Al Craine .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Marjorie Deutsch .... assistant editor
Denine Rowan .... assistant editor
Don Schatzberg .... apprentice editor
Trudy Ship .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Stuart Neumann .... location manager
Music Department
Stephen A. Hope .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Transportation Department
Edward Iacobelli .... transportation captain (as Ed Iacobelli)
Other crew
Richard Cohen .... consultant
Shari Leibowitz .... production secretary
Sandy McLeod .... script supervisor
T.G. Finkbinder .... stand-in for Rip Torn (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Joe Tynan" - International (English title) (informal short title)
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108 min
Color (Technicolor)
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The picture's title during production was"The Senator" and also had earlier had a working title of "A Public Affair".See more »
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Art Predicting life, 25 February 2005
Author: alicecbr from United States

As Rip Torn is getting a blow job in his senatorial office, an aide looks down and sees a woman's legs under the desk. The senator from La. tells the aide to leave, and we see the bewildered look on his face as he leaves. Small wonder, though, as this movie which shows the salacious side of life in D.C. goes on to reveal wild parties. This same senator is seen bragging on his mile-high exploits and the party climaxes in the grand piano being shoved out the window and traveling down the driveway, flowers on top intact.

Barbara Harris does a great job as the senator's wife. The role of the reluctant teen-ager is not fully developed, and her absence at the great nomination event of the Democratic party is not explained. When you contrast this movie with the carefully orchestrated phoniness of the Republican National Convention, you see easily how our 'free and open' society has degenerated. There were no riot cops with batons and stun guns suppressing the dissidents at this convention.

Alda is still too much of a nice guy in this movie, although he does sexual lust really well, ripping off Streep's clothes. Streep does a nice job, showing her frustration and sadness at her neglectful treatment by her own financially successful husband. The work of the senate aide is also demonstrated as clearly including the handing out of hotel room keys with no questions asked.

Reminding me of Dukakis' wife Kitty and Ford's wife, Betty, you see what the strain of being a Congressman's wife can be. Great points were made about the explicit price paid for having seen a therapist, having shock therapy or the like.

This movie isn't as good as 'The Best Man', Gore Vidal's wonderfully written movie, but who can write that well in this day and time. See the movie for it's strangely prophetic scenes. And then see Alan Alda, as the CORRUPT senator opposite Howard Hughes in 'the Aviator' just in time for the Oscars. Great contrast.

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