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Aircraft tycoon Grant Matthews (Spencer Tracy) is goaded into running for president by his politically ambitious longtime girlfriend, newspaper publisher Kay Thorndyke (Angela Lansbury). At the suggestion of unscrupulous campaign manager Spike McManus (Van Johnson), Matthews reunites with his long-estranged wife, Mary (Katharine Hepburn), for the sake of appearances. But when the idealistic Mary learns of Kay's behind-the-scenes role, it throws the entire campaign into turmoil.

Cast & Crew

Spencer Tracy
Grant Matthews
Angela Lansbury
Kay Thorndyke
Van Johnson
"Spike" McManus
Lewis Stone
Sam Thorndyke
Howard Smith
Sam I. Parrish
Charles Dingle
Bill Nolard Hardy
Anthony Veiller
Screenwriter
Myles Connolly
Screenwriter
Victor Young
Original Music
George J. Folsey
Cinematographer
William Hornbeck
Film Editor
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Urie McCleary
Art Director
Emile Kuri
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Critic Reviews for State of the Union

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for State of the Union

  • Nov 13, 2011
    Capra's last great work, this political thriller is an amazing study of politics. It features great performances from Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. The final scene is definitely something that's worth waiting for.
    Graham J Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2010
    Tracy becomes president with the help of his wife, Hepburn, even though his advisers often disagree with her help. This is a fun movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2010
    Another in a long line of Tracy/Hepburn collaborations, this film has all the political entitlement and virtues of Mr. Smith, with the twist of the impressionable duo, one confused and exploited for means, and his wife, so steadfast and determined in her beliefs that she resembles the true persona of Hepburn. Always child friendly and feel good, Capra delivers on yet another inspiring film.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 22, 2008
    As always the pair works together wonderfully this time as a couple in a troubled marriage. Angela Lansbury offers a razor sharp portrayal of the other woman, even the usually vapid Van Johnson offers up a quality performance.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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