The Best Man (1964)
Based on a satirical play by Gore Vidal (who also wrote the screenplay), this keen-edged political comedy takes a ruthless look at political conventions and the Presidential candidates who would do anything to be endorsed by an influential commander-in-chief.
as William Russell
as Joe Cantwell
as Mabel Cantwell
as President Art Hockst...
as Alice Russell
as Sue Ellen Gamadge
as Sheldon Bascomb
as Dan Cantwell
as Dick Jensen
as T.T. Claypoole
as Oscar Anderson
as Mrs. Claypoole
as Mrs. Merwin
as Sen. Lazarus
as Gov. Merwin
as Mrs. Anderson
as Cleaning woman
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Critic Reviews for The Best Man
It's hard to be educational while being poignant, but this film does both easily.
Mostrando como os bastidores da política podem ser sujos, o filme conta com ótimas atuações de Fonda, Robertson e Tracy (indicado ao Oscar) e, escrito por Gore Vidal, traz diálogos afiados e inteligentes.
Audience Reviews for The Best Man
The Best Man starts off with all the promise of being a biting political satire minus the humor. As it goes on it looks like its going to draw blood, but by the end you're drenched in saliva from getting gummed for the last 20 minutes. This movie had a great cast and a simple premise with plenty of minute details that could've made the movie but a weak third act keep The Best Man from being a Henry Fonda movie you've actually heard of. Worth the watch though.More
A great movie from 1964 that shows what goes on behind the door in politics and the running for president of the United States/ Henry Fonda is Mr. Nice Guy do everything by the book, Cliff Robertson played the cutthroat role. Its presidential Primary time, watch what both do to become the next president of the United States. What I found interesting was the statement made in the movie we don't want another Nixon problem.. Remember this was filmed in 1964 long before Nixon became president. Another interesting item was the meeting between both candidates where one promises the other anything to stop running against him, reminded me of the meeting between Hilary Clinton and Obama. Film in B&W which was another surprise for 1964, Watched this one instantly on Netflix, which is a awesome deal, video quality as good as having the DVD. 4 Stars for this one.More
Great political film that really translates into politics today. Its about 2 men running for the president, Fonda is a rich intellectual who uses reason to get ahead. Robertson is a brute who uses fear and threats to get ahead. It's pretty much Bush vs Kerry. The acting is great and Gore Vidal's script is flawless and Wexler's cinematography is stunning as usual.More
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