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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|
Rating: 2/5 -- There are many other dull and naughty characters in this brisk whirl on the Washington merry-go-round. Full Review
New York Times
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 -- Incisive, sometimes brutal, study of American high politics, based on Allen Drury's best-selling novel, featuring outstanding performances from the leads and a great collection of character actors. Full Review
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
...[With] many good performances...
Rating: 3.5/4 -- You can't hire a judge without breaking a few nerves. This insightful political film is terrific. Full Review
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.
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