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Based on the lauded novel by Allen Drury, this political drama depicts the debate sparked when controversial candidate Robert Leffingwell (Henry Fonda) is nominated as U.S. Secretary of State. As concerns are aired during the Senate investigation of Leffingwell's qualifications, Senator Brig Anderson (Don Murray), the head of the committee, soon finds the proceedings descending into heated exchanges, with various politicians trying to further their own agendas.

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Henry Fonda
Robert Leffingwell
Charles Laughton
Sen. Seabright Cooley
Don Murray
Sen. Brigham Anderson
Walter Pidgeon
Senate Majority Leader
Peter Lawford
Sen. Lafe Smith
Gene Tierney
Dolly Harrison
Franchot Tone
The President
Lew Ayres
The Vice President
Burgess Meredith
Herbert Gelman
Paul Ford
Sen. Stanley Danta
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Critic Reviews for Advise and Consent

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (3)

  • 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.

    October 23, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Grips like a vice thanks to the skill with which Preminger's stunning mise en scène absorbs documentary detail.

    February 9, 2006
  • There are many other dull and naughty characters in this brisk whirl on the Washington merry-go-round.

    June 11, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 10, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • One doesn't believe in the atmosphere or in the people. No senator has ever been as senatorial as Walter Pidgeon.

    July 31, 2019 | Full Review…
  • You can't hire a judge without breaking a few nerves. This insightful political film is terrific.

    August 15, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Advise and Consent

  • Dec 31, 2014
    A brilliant examination of American politics, blind hypocrisy, idealism, and self-interest. For my money, it's one of Don Murray's finest performances. The sets and locations are excellent, and as best as I can tell, at least some are authentic. (The film's trailer indicates that certain scenes were actually filmed in a real senate committee room!) Altogether, an excellent and exciting film.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2012
    A great political drama full of marvelous performances from all involved. Ahead of itsâ(TM) time in the examination of political witch hunts and blackmail, as well as other taboo subjects very rarely examined in film at that time. A fantastic script and good direction make it both enthralling and tense.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2011
    Its a bit scatterbrained for my taste, as it shifts back and forth between characters at odd moments. It also spends way too much time on the build-up to the reveal of a homosexual love affair (although the brief sequence in the gay bar proved less offensive than I anticipated) but there are enough strong performances and a well earned ambiguous ending that help earn it a passing grade from me.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2011
    "Advise and Consent" is a political drama and also the last of Charles Laughton's performances and features a solid performance along with the other stars including Henry Fonda. This is a deliberately slower film and one that requires your full attention but is ultimately watchable thanks to it's talented cast and solidly acted performances. It's a dialogue driven film and one that gives an interesting look behind the closed doors of our Nation's leaders and what influences them and their jobs. It's interesting enough to hold our attention but a little long and flounders at times but ultimately picks up at the end.
    Chris B Super Reviewer

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