Power (1986)

R  |   |  Drama  |  31 January 1986 (USA)
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Pete St. John is a powerful and successful political consultant, with clients spread around the country. When his long-time friend and client Ohio senator Sam Hastings decides to quit ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Senator Sam Hastings, Ohio
Claire Hastings
Wallace Furman, New Mexico Gubernatorial Candidate
Governor Andrea Stannard, Washington
Jerome Cade, Ohio Senatorial Candidate
E. Katherine Kerr ...
Irene Furman
Polly Rowles ...
Lucille DeWitt
Matt Salinger ...
Phillip Aarons, Independent Ohio Senatorial Candidate
Omar Torres ...
Roberto Cepeda, Presidential Candidate


Pete St. John is a powerful and successful political consultant, with clients spread around the country. When his long-time friend and client Ohio senator Sam Hastings decides to quit politics, he is rapidly drafted to help with the campaign of the man destined to succeed him, unknown and mysterious businessman Jerome Cade. In parallel and unaware of the potential dangers, he proceeds to unravel the mystery surrounding Hastings dropping out with the aide of his ex-wife, a prominent Washington-based journalist. But interests more powerful than local arm wrestling are at stake and things start getting awry. Written by Jaber <_Jaber_@yahoo.com>

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More seductive than sex... More addictive than any drug... More precious than gold. And one man can get it for you. For a price. See more »




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Release Date:

31 January 1986 (USA)  »

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$3,800,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Wrong title for a great movie
29 August 2004 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

The box cover and the title for the movie are wrong. This is not a movie about power, but the power of the media. The cover shows a little figure of a man (Gere) standing in the center of the title: Power. Almost as timeless as Network, Power is also the story of the media and the power it has over the world. Gere is the star of the film, but Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington carry the film with their great supporting roles. Although the plot of the South American candidate disappears somewhere in the middle of the movie, the story of the 3 other candidates in Washington, Ohio and New Mexico is what keeps the movie going. An interesting and very true look into the world of the media in politics, Power is a shelved classic that is worth the watch.

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