- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 5 hours, 53 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 5, 2004
- Originally Released: 1988
- Label: Criterion
- 2-Disc Set
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Video discussion between Robert Altman and Garry Trudeau
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Essay by Michael Wilmington - Film Critic
- Essay by Michael - Video Critic
- Essay by Garry Kornblau - Culture Critic
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 10/30/1992
"...Crisply shot on high-definition tape, TANNER '88 is one of the most highly praised programs in the history of television that has not been extensively seen..."
Rolling Stone - 10/28/2004
"[I]n some ways prescient -- with its comic vision of an obsessively spin-doctored presidential candidate..."
Both notorious in their respective fields for presenting biting, often hilarious, takes on modern life in America, director Robert Altman and cartoonist Garry B. Trudeau combined forces for this ground breaking mini-series made for the HBO network. Set during the 1988 presidential race, the cutting-edge satire follows the campaign of fictional democratic candidate Jack Tanner (Michael Murphy). A nice guy who doesn't seem to have the killer instinct of competitors Michael Dukakis or Jesse Jackson, Tanner nonetheless forges ahead with the help of his campaign manager T.J. Cavanaugh (Pamela Reed), youthful aide Stringer Kincaid (Daniel Jenkins), and teenage daughter Alex (Cynthia Nixon). Also thrown into the mix are kindhearted newspaper columnist Taggerty Hayes (Kevin J. O'Connor), ditzy assistant Andrea Spinelli (Ilana Levine), and Joanna Buckley (Wendy Crewson), Dukakis's campaign head and the secretive love of Tanner's life. Over the course of the series' 11 episodes, Altman brilliantly mixes real life politicians and celebrities with Trudeau's fictional characters, creating a candidate who is immediately recognizable and wholly believable. Murphy is a perfect choice for the well-intentioned Tanner, a man who is constantly questioning the absurdity of his surroundings. Hysterical, poignant, and deeply addictive, TANNER '88 is an unforgettable historical time capsule, compliments of two of the most original artists of late 20th Century America.