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Power (1986)

 -  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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Senator Sam Hastings, Ohio
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Claire Hastings
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Wallace Furman, New Mexico Gubernatorial Candidate
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Governor Andrea Stannard, Washington
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Jerome Cade, Ohio Senatorial Candidate
E. Katherine Kerr ...
Irene Furman
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Lucille DeWitt
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Phillip Aarons, Independent Ohio Senatorial Candidate
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Omar Torres ...
Roberto Cepeda, Presidential Candidate
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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 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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You have the ballot. But who has the power? See more »

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31 January 1986 (USA)  »

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$3,800,000 (USA)
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When this film premiered at the 1986 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, reels 3 and 4 were sequentially reversed by Sundance staffer and IATSE projectionist David Nelson. Most critics and viewers said that they didn't notice the mistake in what they called an otherwise disappointing film. One of the film's makers demanded that the incomplete premiere be stopped and it wasn't rescheduled, the only such film in festival history to do so. See more »

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Arnold Billings: [about Pete and Ellen, slamming phone down] They are now in his room fucking.
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Not A Galvanizing Political Thriller, But OK For A Popcorn Movie
2 April 2013 | by (Corning, California) – See all my reviews

There is a reason this political film flies under the radar; I doubt it's up for rediscovery, either. A power cast and a power director (Sidney Lumet--director of Dog Day Afternoon and Network) should somehow add up to more than this limp media expose, but once in a while a movie is just an entertainment, and with Richard Gere in thoughtful mode (without much of a character or a script), Julie Christie as a concerned ex-spouse, and Denzel Washington cast against type, this is an OK two hours that don't demand much from the viewer, and, while predictable, certainly meant well.

It was the script, Sidney, and someone should have told you. Wag The Dog is the political gem that works; The Candidate or even better, the original Manchurian Candidate with Sinatra are more persuasive--but if you like the stars, this one passes the time pleasantly.


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