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Mastergate (1992)

Based on a satirical play about the U.S. Senate Watergate hearings in 1973-74.

Director:

Michael Engler

Writers:

Larry Gelbart (play), Larry Gelbart (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Reid ... Chip Chatworth
Marcia Strassman ... Merry Chase
Buck Henry ... Clay Fielder
Richard Kiley ... Archer Bowman
Ed Begley Jr. ... Steward Butler
Mark L. Taylor ... Foster Child
David Ogden Stiers ... Shepherd Hunter
Henry Jones ... Oral Proctor
Bruno Kirby ... Abel Lamb
Ron Vawter ... Nat Picker
Jerry Orbach ... Clifton Byers
Ben Stein ... Marvin Rotweiler
Ken Howard ... Courtleigh Bishop
Pat Morita ... Kevin Naito
James Coburn ... Major Manley Battle
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Based on a satirical play about the U.S. Senate Watergate hearings in 1973-74.

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Taglines:

A Washington Scandal Of Hollywood Proportions!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1992 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Archer Bowman: Our mandate is to dig down as far as we can no matter how high up that might take us.
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Top Notch Verbal Gymnastics
7 February 2000 | by Cliff729See all my reviews

This terrific made-for-cable adaptation of Gelbart's "Play On Words" is probably more suited to TV than it is for theater. Presented as TV coverage of a Congressional hearing, Mastergate describes an elaborate parody of Iran-Contra, in which illegal arms shipments are made using a big budget Hollywood action film as cover. (The film's "budget" eventually exceeds a billion dollars--"1.3 billion with catering.") The real joy of the play, though is Gelbart's brilliant use of language--the politicians on both sides of the gavel speak as much as they can while saying as little as possible. There's enough doublespeak to put George Orwell to shame, all delivered by a top-notch cast. Mastergate stands with The Candidate and Wag The Dog among the best political satires.


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