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Power (1986)

R | | Drama | 31 January 1986 (USA)
After a close friend drops out of politics, a political consultant helping to find a replacement finds a web of corruption and deceit as well.

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Senator Sam 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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Lucille DeWitt
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Phillip Aarons
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Roberto Cepeda
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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 going awry. Written by Jaber <_Jaber_@yahoo.com>

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,854,200, 2 February 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,800,000
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Trivia

This was Noel Harrison's first film since Take a Girl Like You (1969) 17 years earlier. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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 Sitting Pretty (1990) See more »

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Sing, Sing, Sing
Written by Louis Prima
Performed by Benny Goodman
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Good movie, about political image-makers, but ... so what??
29 July 2003 | by 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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