- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 18 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: May 10, 2005
- Originally Released: 1962
- Label: Warner Home Video
Encoding: Region (unknown)
Packaging: Keep Case
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40
- Dolby Digital 1.0 - English
- Suntitles - English, French, Spanish
Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary - Drew Casper - Film Historian
- Original Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Entertainment Weekly - 07/29/1994
"...A hornet's nest....One of the savviest of all films about politics..." -- Rating: A
USA Today - 08/12/1994
"...[With] many good performances..."
Premiere - 06/01/2005
"[A]bsolutely the best film ever made about American politics..."
Preminger's political thriller examines the dark side of politics and its tragic personal repercussions for an essentially decent man. When a President nominates a controversial candidate for Secretary of State, the political dealing and infighting begins as dissident legislators are willing to stoop even to blackmail to stop his confirmation -- or assure it. Preminger seemed to hit his stride lending a documentary tension to legal or political settings, and this is one of his best. Laughton's last role.
Description by Warner Home Video:
A controversial political appointee triggers DC gamesmanship and scandal. Henry Fonda, Walter Pidgeon and Charles Laughton in Otto Preminger's film of Allen Drury's best seller.
- This 1962 film, like many of Otto Preminger's other films, tread on controversial territory, namely homosexuality and McCarthyism. The film contains a scene set in a gay bar, an almost unheard of image in a big-budget film in 1962.
- Because the theatrical production of the story (itself based on a best-selling novel) was still playing when the film was made, the movie's opening was held off in a rights dispute.
- There is a computer-colorized version of the video available.
- The title sequence, with its animated Capitol Building with a dome that "lifts", and a montage of waving American flags, was designed by Saul Bass.
- Shot in Panavision.
- Charles Laughton's final screen appearance.