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This is a timeless tale about the character of men and how much they are willing to compromise for power. Apart from the segregation references the film is very current and applies very much to the election of '08 and elections to come.
Liberal = communist, communist = gay. Of course. The Best Man is relatively entertaining and even more entertainingly relevant. Henry Fonda yet again plays a political candidate. Edie Adams is a total babe.
This is one you should watch before the conventions. It seems dated: a womanizer running for President. Swiftboating. My favorite is when the former pres asks Russell (Henry Fonda) about believing in God, Russell makes a point that he's never mentioned God in a speech. The former pres replies "In [my] days we had to pour God over everything like ketchup."
The more things change, the more they remain the same.
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.
A pleasant surprise. Two great lead performances. Henry Fonda is pretty damn funny as well as portraying the kind of candidate a lot of us would vote for. Shelley Berman gives a great Jack Lemmon-esque performance. If you're looking for something classic that will keep you interested, check it out. Some of Cliff Robertson's dialogue, with his wife especially is kinda corny, but overall, quite entertaining.
A movie where the label 'liberal' is worn with pride. Written by Gore Vidal, it is a story about a political convention where the nominee will be determined by ballot. Made me really miss the old conventions when anything could happen.
Watch this before the upcoming conventions for great perspective on DC political types. Excellent excellent entertainment from Gore Vidal. The main viable candidate characters are basically Adlai Stevenson and Richard Nixon types.
As seen by the recurring bits in the Annals of American Empire, Gore Vidal does political conventions better than anyone in American letters. The Stevenson-esque Fonda squares off against the Kennedy-McCarthy hybrid played by Robertson. gorgeously shot with the behind the facade, bare-knuckled political talk redolent of Vidal.
This is one of the most underated Henry Fonda films. Also one of the best political films I have seen. If you enjoy smart political films. You should check this out. Written by Gore Vidal, it still resonates today. The election-year backbiting and smear campaigns at the film's core will be as familiar to people today as it was when it came out.
This movie adaptation of Gore Vidal's stage play is one of the best films ever made about American politics ("The Candidate" is also excellent). Too bad it's yet to be issued on DVD. TCM plays it on occasion, especially near Presidential election time.