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The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)

R | | Drama | 17 August 1979 (USA)
Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment. It means losing an old friend and fudging principles to make the necessary deals, as well... See full summary »

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Jerry Schatzberg

Writer:

Alan Alda
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Alda ... Joe Tynan
Barbara Harris ... Ellie
Meryl Streep ... Karen Traynor
Rip Torn ... Senator Kittner
Melvyn Douglas ... Senator Birney
Charles Kimbrough ... Francis
Carrie Nye Carrie Nye ... Aldena Kittner
Michael Higgins ... Senator Pardew
Blanche Baker ... Janet
Maureen Anderman Maureen Anderman ... Joe's Secretary
Chris Arnold Chris Arnold ... Jerry
John Badila John Badila ... Reporter on TV screen
Robert Christian Robert Christian ... Arthur Briggs
Maurice Copeland Maurice Copeland ... Mr. Edward Anderson
Lu Elrod ... Congresswoman at Party
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Storyline

Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment. It means losing an old friend and fudging principles to make the necessary deals, as well as further straining his already part-time family life. But it could be a big boost to his career, so he takes it on. Helping him prepare the case is pretty southern researcher Karen Traynor, and their developing relationship further complicates and compromises his life. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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What drives a man to his limits... the power of love or the love of power? See more »

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Drama

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R | See all certifications »
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Actress Meryl Streep won a number of Best Supporting Actress awards for her role in this movie. These included the New York Film Critics Circle Award, the National Society of Film Critics Award, the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Award and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award. Most of these were awarded to Streep for her performance not only this film but also for Manhattan (1979) and/or also for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979). See more »

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Aldena Kittner: You know, I really don't think you should be seen talking to that horse's ass.
Joe Tynan: Which one?
Aldena Kittner: My husband.
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Politics drama or Romance?
27 March 2020 | by avandeburgtSee all my reviews

How did she pilot that plane ? Maybe it should have been run on Netflix Rip Torn's character is a real pig but at least know it In the bedroom scene between Alda and Streep in a room with a bed and that's what the room is for his character to get her character in bed this is less about politics and more about the sex but I did not think the sex scene was all that funny a man betraying his family and children is not funny didn"t someone say that Karen Traynor helped him fight another senate battle which says this wasn't their first go round with one another and he was power tripping from the get-go the trivia it never mentioned that Alan Alda had personally picked Meryl Streep for this picture


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Senator See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$19,595,168

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,595,168
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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