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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

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 »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman appeared in Crimson Tide (1995). 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

Arnold Billings: Look, we hired you to do a job, Mr. St. John, and it wasn't to investigate me and my company and it sure wasn't to exchange information with your ex-wife.
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Connections

Referenced in The Golden Child (1986) 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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User Reviews

What makes Dick Gere run? Sing-Sing-Sing!
1 July 2000 | by MicuSee all my reviews

I don't know what Cy Coleman concocted for this otherwise good picture, but the reason I never stop watching it again is the music in which it is soaked from the beginning to the end, i.e.unending recollections of SING SING SING, as played by Benny Goodman and his band in the late thirties. Benny had passed more than ten years when the film was finished, so they skipped him from the credentials, together with Louis Prima, who composed the famous standard. Revolting. henry caraso


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Yiddish

Release Date:

31 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Power 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

Gross USA:

$3,800,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,800,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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