MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 44,775 this week

Power (1980)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Biography | Drama  -  14 January 1980 (USA)
5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 22 users  
Reviews: 1 user

Loosely based on the life of Jimmy Hoffa, this traces the rise of Tommy Vanda (Joe Don Baker) from a Chicago dock worker to an influential labor leader who, like Hoffa, finds himself behind... See full summary »

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1351 titles
created 06 Sep 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 31 May 2013
 
a list of 300 titles
created 28 Aug 2013
 
list image
a list of 18 titles
created 22 Sep 2013
 
a list of 16 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Power" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Power (TV Movie 1980)

Power (TV Movie 1980) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Power.
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Killing Heat (1981)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A city-woman moves to a foreign country with her future husband, giving up all the comforts of cosmopolitan life. Life in the countryside finally takes its toll on her, and she finds ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Raeburn
Stars: Karen Black, John Thaw, John Kani
Brotherly Love (TV Movie 1985)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A businessman is stalked by his murderous twin brother, who has just been released from a mental hospital.

Director: Jeff Bleckner
Stars: Judd Hirsch, Karen Carlson, George Dzundza
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A pirate crewman kills his captain after learning where he has hidden his buried treasure. However, as he begins to lose his memory, he relies more and more on the ghost of the man he just ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Medak, Spike Milligan
Stars: Peter Sellers, Anthony Franciosa, Spike Milligan
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young man gains significant political influence as the leader of a counterculture rock band with his rallying cry of voting rights for teenagers.

Director: Barry Shear
Stars: Christopher Jones, Shelley Winters, Diane Varsi
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Zee is walking up and down Manhattan streets, talking to herself and to the husband who has just left her. At a sidewalk café she runs into Eli. A very unlikely, funny and touching ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Jaglom
Stars: Michael Emil, Karen Black, Michael Margotta
Trilogy of Terror (TV Movie 1975)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Three bizarre horror stories all of which star Karen Black in four different roles playing tormented women.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Karen Black, Robert Burton, John Karlen
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A houswife, tired of her everyday routine, makes changes in her hair, her wardrobe and her makeup, and begins to take on the personality of a woman who had died five years earlier.

Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: Karen Black, George Hamilton, Robert F. Lyons
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Somewhat fact-based story of the lives and attempted 1962 escape of several inmates in the famous correctional facility. Young inmate Clarence Carnes masterminds a grand escape involving ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Krasny
Stars: Michael Beck, Art Carney, Alex Karras
Dummy (TV Movie 1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A deaf and dumb young man is accused of murdering a prostitute and defended by a deaf lawyer.

Director: Frank Perry
Stars: Paul Sorvino, LeVar Burton, Brian Dennehy
Mr. Horn (TV Movie 1979)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of frontiersman Tom Horn, and his career as a cavalry scout, a tracker, a Pinkerton agent and a range detective, and the final events in his life that led to his tragic death.

Director: Jack Starrett
Stars: David Carradine, Richard Widmark, Karen Black
Because He's My Friend (TV Movie 1978)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An American military man moves his family to Australia to undergo training in submarine warfare, providing new challenges for his wife and their developmentally disabled son.

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Karen Black, Keir Dullea, Jack Thompson
Crash (TV Movie 1978)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

True story recounting the crash of Eastern Airlines flight 401, which crashed in the Everglades while on approach to Miami in December 1972. Accurate in many respects, the movie goes ... See full summary »

Director: Barry Shear
Stars: William Shatner, Adrienne Barbeau, Brooke Bundy
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Tommy Vanda
...
Rose Vanda-Buchanan
David Groh ...
Howard Da Silva ...
Jack Eisenstadt
...
Scott Brady ...
Armstrong
...
Hillman
...
Jack Vanda
Suzanne Lederer ...
Catherine
...
Sham Murphy (as Bill Lucking)
...
Loading Dock Foreman
...
Arthur 'Art' Konigsburg
Laraine Stephens ...
Norma Greer
...
Vince Yanelli
...
Mother Vanda
Edit

Storyline

Loosely based on the life of Jimmy Hoffa, this traces the rise of Tommy Vanda (Joe Don Baker) from a Chicago dock worker to an influential labor leader who, like Hoffa, finds himself behind bars in a federal prison, and not long after, taken for a ride by shady men never to be seen again. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 January 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Weg zur Macht  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Wonderful !!!

The perfect example of American "savoir faire", American saga about the true life of an union leader over thirty years. Inspired by Jimmy Hoffa's actual life, as was Norman Jewison's FIST, starring Sylvester Stallone. In this film, Joe Don Baker is really awesome as the lead, probably here the best performance of his whole career, better than the WALKING TALL trilogy. Although he was efficient here too.

I am surprised that this terrific TVM has not been commented yet. I don't understand. It would deserve to be talked about, and in a better way than mine. Written by Ernest Tidyman, author of SHAFT, this movie is made in a way that the audience stays stuck to this outstanding story, the classic rise and fall scheme as many people love to watch. American dream...

Director Barry Shear died during the production of the feature, and Virgil Vogel continued the work. The is here a bunch of old Hollywood stars: Howard Da Silva, Paul Stewart, Jo Van Fleet, Scott Brady, Victor Jory, and Red Buttons in a gang mob character, very surprising for this actor who has never been a bad guy in his whole career; at least as far as I know.

SPOIERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPIOLERS SPOILERS

The last five minutes are unforgettable: just after Joe Don Baker has to testify in front the Grand Jury against the mob and rotten politics, he gets into a car with two men and the scene after, we see ONLY these two men get out of the car, in an automobile graveyard, and the car in question is grabbed by a giant grip before being dropped in a car crusher...And this is the end of this fantastic TV movie.

No comment.

A genuine masterpiece.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Power (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?