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 »

Director:

Reviews
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A woman wakes up next to a murdered man. Did she do it herself, and if not, is she in danger herself?

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Jane Fonda, Jeff Bridges, Raul Julia
Guilty as Sin (1993)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A female lawyer takes an accused wife-murderer as a client, but finds herself morally compelled to betray him one way or another.

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Rebecca De Mornay, Don Johnson, Stephen Lang
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A retired British soldier struggles to adjust to everyday life, with increasing difficulty.

Director: Martin Stellman
Stars: Denzel Washington, Dorian Healy, Sean Chapman
Carbon Copy (1981)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A white corporate executive is surprised to discover that he has a black teen-age son who can't wait to be adopted into the, almost-exclusively-white community of, San Marino, California.

Director: Michael Schultz
Stars: George Segal, Susan Saint James, Jack Warden
The Offence (1973)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A burned-out British police detective finally snaps while interrogating a suspected child molester.

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Sean Connery, Trevor Howard, Vivien Merchant
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A newly elected District attorney finds himself in the middle of a police corruption investigation that may involve his father and his partner.

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Andy Garcia, Richard Dreyfuss, Lena Olin
Q & A (1990)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective encounters a former lover and her new protector, a crime boss who refuses to help him in this gritty ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Nick Nolte, Timothy Hutton, Armand Assante
Deathtrap (1982)
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's script.

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, Dyan Cannon
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When police officer Xavier Quinn's childhood friend, Maubee, becomes associated with murder and a briefcase full of ten thousand dollar bills, The Mighty Quinn must clear his name. Or try to catch him, which could be even trickier.

Director: Carl Schenkel
Stars: Denzel Washington, Robert Townsend, James Fox
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A New York City narcotics detective reluctantly agrees to cooperate with a special commission investigating police corruption. However, he soon discovers that he's in over his head, and nobody can be trusted.

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Treat Williams, Jerry Orbach, Richard Foronjy
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Detective Emily Eden is a tough New York City cop forced to go undercover to solve a puzzling murder. Her search for the truth takes her into a secret world of unwritten law and unspoken ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Melanie Griffith, Eric Thal, John Pankow
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An African American officer investigates a murder in a racially charged situation in World War II.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Howard E. Rollins Jr., Adolph Caesar, Art Evans
Edit

Cast

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
...
Irene Furman
...
Lucille DeWitt
Matt Salinger ...
Phillip Aarons, Independent Ohio Senatorial Candidate
...
Sheikh
Omar Torres ...
Roberto Cepeda, Presidential Candidate
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Smart woman See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Moc  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,800,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Though they don't share scenes in this film; Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman would later appear in Crimson Tide (1995). See more »

Quotes

Arnold Billings: [about Pete and Ellen, slamming phone down] They are now in his room fucking.
See more »

Connections

References Duel (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
Written by John Philip Sousa
Performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra (as The Boston Pops)
Conducted by Arthur Fiedler
Polygram Special Projects
A division of Polygram Records, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A realistic look at the political consulting industry
26 May 1999 | by (Ephrata, WA) – See all my reviews

Having worked in the political consulting industry, I found this film very realistic and true to form, although no one I knew had a private jet and I never got to take showers with my personal assistant. But the strategies and tactics shown in the film are a very good example of how the industry works. I enjoy watching the film every so often to remind me how much I did enjoy the business and how happy I am that I am no longer in it. The one thing they forgot to show was how difficult it was to collect our fees after the elections were over.


22 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is it just me, or is this rated awfully low? viewtifuljoe1010
Please...a decent DVD would be nice. rickert
Hilary for Governor of Washington State in 1986 psbate-1
Are there any photos or videos around?? samcarter-1
Does Anybody Know If This Was Originally BUG JACK BARRON? drprod
Discuss Power (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?