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Power (1986)

After a close friend drops out of politics, a political consultant helping to find a replacement finds a web of corruption and deceit as well.

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Sidney Lumet
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Pete St. John
Julie Christie ... Ellen Freeman
Gene Hackman ... Wilfred Buckley
Kate Capshaw ... Sydney Betterman
Denzel Washington ... Arnold Billings
E.G. Marshall ... Senator Sam Hastings
Beatrice Straight ... Claire Hastings
Fritz Weaver ... Wallace Furman
Michael Learned ... Governor Andrea Stannard
J.T. Walsh ... Jerome Cade
E. Katherine Kerr ... Irene Furman
Polly Rowles ... Lucille DeWitt
Matt Salinger ... Phillip Aarons
Tom Mardirosian ... Sheikh
Omar Torres Omar Torres ... Roberto Cepeda
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Storyline

Pete St. John is a powerful and successful political consultant, with clients spread around the country. When his long-time friend and client, Ohio senator Sam Hastings, decides to quit politics, he is rapidly drafted to help with the campaign of the man destined to succeed him, unknown and mysterious businessman Jerome Cade. In parallel, and unaware of the potential dangers, he proceeds to unravel the mystery surrounding Hastings dropping out, with the aide of his ex-wife, a prominent Washington-based journalist. But interests more powerful than local arm wrestling are at stake, and things start going awry. Written by Jaber <_Jaber_@yahoo.com>

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More seductive than sex... More addictive than any drug... More precious than gold. And one man can get it for you. For a price. See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Yiddish

Release Date:

31 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moc See more »

Filming Locations:

Armonk, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,854,200, 2 February 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,800,000
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When this film premiered at the 1986 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, reels three and four were sequentially reversed by Sundance staffer and IATSE projectionist David Nelson. Most critics and viewers said that they didn't notice the mistake in what they called an otherwise disappointing film. One of the filmmakers demanded that the incomplete premiere be stopped, and it wasn't rescheduled, the only such film in festival history to do so. See more »

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The character portrayed by Denzel Washington has the surname Billings. In the end credits, the character's surname is spelled Billing. See more »

Quotes

Ellen Freeman: [talking about Senator Hastings] How much do you know about Sam, financially?
Pete St. John: He's never had that much, it's a salary.
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Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
Written by John Philip Sousa
Performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra (as The Boston Pops)
Conducted by Arthur Fiedler
Polygram Special Projects
A division of Polygram Records, Inc.
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See "The Candidate"
6 May 2005 | by hanrahanpmSee all my reviews

Everyone involved (and the audience) should seek out "The Candidate" to see how good this movie could have been. What happened the South American story? What were Julie Christie and Kate Capshaw thinking to allow their roles to be cardboard cut-outs. Up to now I have liked every Gene Hackman performance and/or movie. He was either disinterested (which I can hardly believe) or dreadfully miscast. I have also liked and defended Richard Gere (and been vilified for it). But here he had no "power". He was never intimidating and only occasionally persuasive. All in all I was very disappointed. I really expected much more from this director and cast. If you can't find "The Candidate" watch "Wag the dog" again or even "Bulworth".


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