Advise and Consent (1962)


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Movie Info

This film hinges upon the appointment of Robert Leffingwell to the U.S. Senate. Leffingwell has been hand-picked by the President, meaning that there'll be a battle on the Senate floor. To neutralize Murray, his opposition threatens to dredge up a homosexual incident in Murray's past.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Allen Drury, Wendell Mayes
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 10, 2005


as Robert Leffingwell

as Sen. Seabright Coole...

as Sen. Brigham Anderso...

as Senate Majority Lead...

as Sen. Lafe Smith

as Sen. Fred Van Ackerm...

as Dolly Harrison

as The President

as The Vice-President

as Herbert Gelman

as Johnny Leffingwell

as Sen. Stanley Dante

as Ellen Anderson

as Hardiman Fletcher

as Senate Minority Lead...

as Sen. Bessie Adams

as Sen. Tom August

as Nightwatchman

as Sen. Knox

as Sen. Hanson

as Bartender

as Sen. Hendershot

as Sen. Kanaho

as Sen. Velez

as British Ambassador

as Lady Maudulayne

as Celestine Barre

as Rev. Birch

as Ray Shaff

as French Ambassador

as Pidge Anderson

as President's Secretar...
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Critic Reviews for Advise and Consent

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Top Critic

Grips like a vice thanks to the skill with which Preminger's stunning mise en scène absorbs documentary detail.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 11, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

You can't hire a judge without breaking a few nerves. This insightful political film is terrific.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Cinema Sight

Viewing it today, its quaintness and timidness make it seem out of step with the even more insidious contemporary times.

Full Review… | February 22, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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… | December 14, 2007

Audience Reviews for Advise and Consent

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

The prospect of a great ensemble cast, Otto Preminger directing and tale of political ugliness surrounding the confirmation of a new Secretary of State should be enough to pull anyone in. Unfortunately all the dust Advise and Consent kicks up in the first act doesn't really stay in the air too long and by the time a lot of the things that were set up early on in the movie finally happen in the last 20 minutes, you can't really bring yourself to care or be surprised. The cast was good despite many of them (Henry Fonda included) disappearing like drunken party guests in search of someplace to pass out and the rest not seeming entirely necessary at all. Overall, Advise and Consent overstays its welcome after shifting its focus too many times and overstaying its welcome for about a half hour. Not too bad (Charles Laughton stole the show) but there are reasons you don't hear about this one too often...

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


Excellent political drama with top flight cast, obviously some dated attitudes but that aside a very interesting film. And Betty White even pops up as the senator from Kansas!!

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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