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31 January 1986 (USA) See more »
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 »
Pete St. John is a powerful and successful political consultant, with clients spread around the country... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Not A Galvanizing Political Thriller, But OK For A Popcorn Movie See more (16 total) »


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Richard Gere ... Pete St. John

Julie Christie ... Ellen Freeman

Gene Hackman ... Wilfred Buckley

Kate Capshaw ... Sydnet Betterman

Denzel Washington ... Arnold Billing

E.G. Marshall ... Senator Sam Hastings, Ohio

Beatrice Straight ... Claire Hastings

Fritz Weaver ... Wallace Furman, New Mexico Gubernatorial Candidate

Michael Learned ... Governor Andrea Stannard, Washington

J.T. Walsh ... Jerome Cade, Ohio Senatorial Candidate
E. Katherine Kerr ... Irene Furman
Polly Rowles ... Lucille DeWitt
Matt Salinger ... Phillip Aarons, Independent Ohio Senatorial Candidate

Tom Mardirosian ... Sheikh
Omar Torres ... Roberto Cepeda, Presidential Candidate
Ricardo Gallarzo Jr. ... Interpreter (as Ricardo Gallarzo)
Jessica James ... Helen, Pete's Secretary
Glenn Kezer ... Frank McKusker, New Mexico Gubernatorial Candidate
Douglas Newell ... David Garber
Scott Harlan ... Ralph Andropwicz, Pete's Number-Cruncher
Nick Flynn ... Wilson Jacobs
Ed Van Nuys ... Charles Whiting

Noel Harrison ... Leonard Thompson
Jackson Beck ... Jackson Beck - The Voice
Leila Danette ... Poor Woman

Kevin Hagen ... Cop
Timothy Jecko ... Business Executive
Margaret Barker ... Wealthy Matron

D.B. Sweeney ... College Student
Linda DeNiro ... Desk Clerk
Lynn Klugman ... Video Technician
John Robert Evans ... Senator #1
Elizabeth Kendrick ... Receptionist
Jim Hartz ... Commentator
Roger Grimsby ... Commentator
Margaret Hall ... Commentator
Brad Holbrook ... Commentator

Donna Hanover ... Commentator
Frank Casey ... Commentator
Kristi Witker ... Commentator
Marvin Scott ... Anchorman

Daryl Edwards ... Waiter

Martha Pinson ... Assistant
Jack Zahniser ... Jack, Pete's Pilot
Burke Pearson ... City Clerk
Janet Sarno ... Moderator

Robert Fieldsteel ... Assistant Director
Gregory Wagrowski ... Assistant Director
Robert Krüger ... Barry (as Robert Kruger)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eldo Ray Estes ... Campaign Aide (uncredited)

Tony Head ... Reporter (uncredited)
Lynda Lenet ... Cocktail Waitress (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sidney Lumet 
Writing credits
David Himmelstein (written by)

Produced by
Wolfgang Glattes .... associate producer
Reene Schisgal .... producer
Mark Tarlov .... producer
Kenneth Utt .... associate producer
Original Music by
Cy Coleman 
Cinematography by
Andrzej Bartkowiak (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Andrew Mondshein 
Casting by
Joy Todd 
Production Design by
Peter S. Larkin  (as Peter Larkin)
Art Direction by
William Barclay 
Set Decoration by
Thomas C. Tonery 
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
Makeup Department
Joe Cranzano .... makeup artist
Bob Grimaldi .... hair stylist
Production Management
Lilith Jacobs .... post-production supervisor
Kenneth Utt .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Gittelson .... second assistant director
Wolfgang Glattes .... first assistant director
Glen Trotiner .... dga trainee
Art Department
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... property master
Ken Kammerer .... set dresser
William Lucek .... master scenic artist
John McDonnell .... property master
Sound Department
Louis Cerborino .... sound editor
Randall Coleman .... assistant sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Newman .... sound mixer
Peter Odabashian .... sound editor
Maurice Schell .... supervising sound editor
Ron Stein .... stunt cameraman
Camera and Electrical Department
James W. Finnerty .... grip
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer
Richard C. Kratina .... camera operator
Carl Landi .... grip
Billy Miller .... key grip
Gary Muller .... first assistant camera
Hank Muller .... first assistant camera
Dusty Wallace .... gaffer
Casting Department
Sally Jackson .... extras casting
Editorial Department
Sam Adelman .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Ron Korb .... musician: flute
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Transportation Department
Joseph Fanning .... transportation captain
Ricardo Gallarzo Jr. .... transportation captain
George A. LeBow .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Emilia Arau .... production office liaison: Mexico City
Grace Blake .... production office coordinator
Richard Lundin .... wrangler
Susan Metzger .... unit publicist
Martha Pinson .... script supervisor
Noel Tirsch .... assistant production auditor
'Chico' Hernandez .... wrangler (uncredited)

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111 min
Color (Technicolor)
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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 »
Claire Hastings:[to Ellen, who is about to write an hurtful article about the Hastings] When you'll write this, make sure I'm the monster!See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Not A Galvanizing Political Thriller, But OK For A Popcorn Movie, 2 April 2013
Author: museumofdave from Corning, California

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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