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2 August 1992 (USA) See more »
In this political thriller, an ambitious press secretary discovers that the opposing political candidate has feathered the nest of his campaigns with terrible lies. | Add synopsis »
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Judd Nelson ... Andrew Blumenthal

Richard Jordan ... Chris Poulas

Sally Kirkland ... Helen Poulas

Justine Bateman ... Darcy Link

John Savage ... Wallace Roberts
Frank Converse ... John Eastham

Joe Grifasi ... Paul Melton
Larry 'Ratso' Sloman ... Charlie Phelps

Malachi Throne ... Ken Blumenthal

John Bedford Lloyd ... Pat O'Hara
Véronique Ryke ... Denise
Jennifer Youngs ... Stephanie Poulas
Jack Flynn ... Fisherman
George Rafferty ... Eddie

Daniel Adams ... Fisherman
Patrick Floersheim ... Dr. Adrian Stamas
Patricia Dow ... Abigail Eastham

Tatyana Yassukovich ... Poulas' receptionist
Carrie O'Brien ... Eastham's receptionist
Bruce Geduldig ... Attorney

Kyndra Joy Casper ... Young Stephanie

Sandi Schultz ... Newsstand vendor
Gerald Orange ... Moss Goomes

Tom Kemp ... State representative
Jean-Pierre Stewart ... Tom Albert
Michel Boufassa ... Waiter
Sally Browne ... Lady
Mary Lou Roberts-Hamers ... Lady
Stanley Bond ... Old man
William Bulger ... Himself (as Senator William Bulger)
Daniela Akerblom ... Announcer

Maggie Wagner ... Betty Sullivan
Paul Golub ... Howie

Bill Siegel ... Republican State chairman
Michael Morris ... Poulas aide
Mimi Seaton ... Poulas aide
Martin Agerup ... Poulas aide
Thomas Gruenberg ... Poulas aide

Dorothy Gallagher ... Reporter

Alan Goluboff ... Reporter
Jillian Finn ... Reporter
Less Clack ... Newscaster
Judith Burnett ... Newscaster
Sal Giannetta ... Homeless man
Mary Ann Barteau ... Old woman
Harry Barteau ... Publisher
Laurence Elliott ... Publisher
Malcolm Turner ... Commuter
Danny Sherman ... Orderly
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eric Bruno Borgman ... State House Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
Daniel Adams 
Writing credits
Daniel Adams (written by) &
William Snowden (written by)

Produced by
Don Carmody .... executive producer
Tom Gruenberg .... producer (as Thomas Gruenberg)
Original Music by
John Cale 
Cinematography by
John Drake 
Film Editing by
Jacqueline Carmody 
Casting by
Lynn Kressel 
Production Design by
Dan Yarhi 
Art Direction by
Axel Werner 
Set Decoration by
Jacques M. Bradette  (as Jacques Bradette)
Costume Design by
Julie Rae Engelsman 
Sound Department
Donavan Dear .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Becchio .... second assistant camera
William M. Weberg .... dolly grip
Editorial Department
Ricardo Olivero .... color timer
Other crew
Martha-Marie Kleinhans .... production coordinator
Jill Robertson .... production assistant

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Regular politics, maybe..., 30 April 2002
Author: earle_f_woodward from Atlanta, Georgia

Regular politics, maybe, ordinary film, yes. Acting: Judd Nelson fresh from "Off the Hip" made the mistake of another law-type film and while not a complete failure, can't recoup the original taste of hungry young man in search of Truth, Justice and the 'American Way'; Justine Bateman, while perfectly cast in 'Family Ties', can't justify any acting ability since. The rest were ok and the supposed reasons to watch after the first 'teaser' promised more than it gave. A movie to watch only if there is little else to entertain you.

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