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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe Tynan
... Ellie
... Karen Traynor
... Senator Kittner
... Senator Birney
... Francis
Carrie Nye ... Aldena Kittner
... Senator Pardew
... Janet
Maureen Anderman ... Joe's Secretary
Chris Arnold ... Jerry
John Badila ... Reporter on TV screen
Robert Christian ... Arthur Briggs
Maurice Copeland ... Mr. Edward Anderson
... Congresswoman at Party
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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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One of two theatrical feature films that actress Barbara Harris appeared in that were first released in the year of 1979. The films were The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979) and The North Avenue Irregulars (1979). See more »

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Referenced in The Contender: The Making of a Political Thriller (2001) See more »

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Strong drama highlighted by fine performances
2 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

Strong drama of morals and ambition. Alda has written himself a showcase part and does very well in the lead providing a strong center to the picture and he's aided by two superior actresses, one, Meryl Streep, on the way up and the other Barbara Harris always under-appreciated. Meryl is vulnerable and appealing but Barbara Harris is the treasure, giving the film's best performance and providing the heart that would be missing with her contribution. An incredibly skillful actress who was too unique for Hollywood to utilize properly she speaks volumes without saying a word through subtle facial expression. Also notable is Melvyn Douglas giving another of the marvelous supporting performances that were a staple of the twilight of his career.


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