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Power (1986)

R | | Drama | 31 January 1986 (USA)
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
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Claire Hastings
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Wallace Furman
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Governor Andrea Stannard
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Jerome Cade
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Irene Furman
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Phillip Aarons
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Roberto Cepeda
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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 going 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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31 January 1986 (USA)  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,800,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Writer David Himmelstein said that one day, he saw a row of television monitors, playing political commercials, for different candidates. He said the spots all looked the same to him, so he did research to find out why, and what he discovered, he put into the script. See more »

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The character portrayed by Denzel Washington has the surname Billings. In the end credits, the character's surname is spelled Billing. See more »

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Arnold Billings: Look, we hired you to do a job, Mr. St. John, and it wasn't to investigate me and my company and it sure wasn't to exchange information with your ex-wife.
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Referenced in By Sidney Lumet (2015) See more »

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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.
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See "The Candidate"
6 May 2005 | by (New York, United States) – See all my reviews

Everyone involved (and the audience) should seek out "The Candidate" to see how good this movie could have been. What happened the South American story? What were Julie Christie and Kate Capshaw thinking to allow their roles to be cardboard cut-outs. Up to now I have liked every Gene Hackman performance and/or movie. He was either disinterested (which I can hardly believe) or dreadfully miscast. I have also liked and defended Richard Gere (and been vilified for it). But here he had no "power". He was never intimidating and only occasionally persuasive. All in all I was very disappointed. I really expected much more from this director and cast. If you can't find "The Candidate" watch "Wag the dog" again or even "Bulworth".


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