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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
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Irene Furman
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Lucille DeWitt
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Phillip Aarons, Independent Ohio Senatorial Candidate
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Sheikh
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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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,800,000 (USA)
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Paul Newman was supposed to star in the film, but asked director Sidney Lumet if he could delay filming for a few months. Newman wanted to focus on his race-driving career during the summer and did not want filming a movie to conflict with that. Lumet refused. 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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Referenced in Sitting Pretty (1990) See more »

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The Stars and Stripes Forever
Written by John Philip Sousa
Performed by The Boston Pops
Conducted by Arthur Fiedler
Polygram Special Projects
A division of Polygram Records, Inc.
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Good movie, about political image-makers, but ... so what??
29 July 2003 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

Perhaps this film would have hit me harder in 1986, but now, with so many movies and so much news reporting about the inner workings of politics and image-makers, I watched it on DVD (loaned by Ron and Evelyn) and came away thinking, "so what?" There really isn't anything new or Earth-shaking. Gere is good as the hot-shot political consultant who gets high dollars to get candidates elected to offices at various levels all over the USA and even Central and South America. He tells them, "do what I tell you and after you get into office, you can do whatever you want." I got the feeling that the movie is very authentic but has no great impact when it was over. The critic Ebert has a very fair and complete review. It's median IMDb vote of '6' is about right.


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