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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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Sidney Lumet
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Pete St. John
Julie Christie ... Ellen Freeman
Gene Hackman ... Wilfred Buckley
Kate Capshaw ... Sydney Betterman
Denzel Washington ... Arnold Billings
E.G. Marshall ... Senator Sam Hastings
Beatrice Straight ... Claire Hastings
Fritz Weaver ... Wallace Furman
Michael Learned ... Governor Andrea Stannard
J.T. Walsh ... Jerome Cade
E. Katherine Kerr ... Irene Furman
Polly Rowles ... Lucille DeWitt
Matt Salinger ... Phillip Aarons
Tom Mardirosian ... Sheikh
Omar Torres Omar Torres ... 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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You have the ballot. But who has the power? See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Yiddish

Release Date:

31 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moc See more »

Filming Locations:

Armonk, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Burt Reynolds was considered for the lead. He was not able to perform in the movie, because of injuries he suffered on the set of City Heat (1984). 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

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!
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Features The Price Is Right (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
Written by John Philip Sousa
Performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra (as The Boston Pops)
Conducted by Arthur Fiedler
Polygram Special Projects
A division of Polygram Records, Inc.
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A realistic look at the political consulting industry
26 May 1999 | by jcorkrumSee all my reviews

Having worked in the political consulting industry, I found this film very realistic and true to form, although no one I knew had a private jet and I never got to take showers with my personal assistant. But the strategies and tactics shown in the film are a very good example of how the industry works. I enjoy watching the film every so often to remind me how much I did enjoy the business and how happy I am that I am no longer in it. The one thing they forgot to show was how difficult it was to collect our fees after the elections were over.


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