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sku: XRI 33523D
- 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:
|Starring||Henry Fonda & Charles Laughton|
|Performer:||Gene Tierney, Burgess Meredith, Peter Lawford, Walter Pidgeon, Don Murray, Lew Ayres & Franchot Tone|
|Directed by||Otto Preminger|
|Edited by||Louis R. Loeffler|
|Screenwriting by||Wendell Mayes|
|Composition by||Jerry Fielding|
|Cinematography by||Sam Leavitt|
|Story by||Allen Drury|
|Produced by||Otto Preminger|
The settings are powerfully like real. A Senate hearing room, the Senate itself, a party home in immediate Washington and varying apartments plus a place in DC suburbia all have the look of genuineness. Full Review
Rating: A- -- A poignant, biting expose of the American political process, boasting a large ensemble of terrific actors (Fonda, Laughton), Preminger's saga set the trend of future, more sensationalitsic political melodramas like Fail Safe and All the President's Men. Full Review
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Preminger's visual savvy turns that most staid and insufferable of social terrariums, the floor of the U.S. Senate, into a vibrant, perpetually shifting Voronoi diagram. Full Review
Rating: 3.5/4 -- You can't hire a judge without breaking a few nerves. This insightful political film is terrific. Full Review
[A]bsolutely the best film ever made about American politics...
...A hornet's nest....One of the savviest of all films about politics... -- Rating: A
Grips like a vice thanks to the skill with which Preminger's stunning mise en scène absorbs documentary detail.
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.