Power

  • 1986
  • Movie
  • R
  • Political

The electoral process has always been a matter of selling a candidate to the public. With the vast array of technologies available today, the marketing of political candidates has become a highly competitive, multimillion-dollar industry. Director Sidney Lumet's POWER examines this often ruthless world through the eyes of Pete St. John (Richard Gere), a...read more

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The electoral process has always been a matter of selling a candidate to the public. With the vast array of technologies available today, the marketing of political candidates has become a highly competitive, multimillion-dollar industry. Director Sidney Lumet's POWER examines this often

ruthless world through the eyes of Pete St. John (Richard Gere), a much sought-after campaign strategist. St. John journeys back and forth across the country to juggle his candidates and their needs. Wallace Furman (Fritz Weaver) is an ineffectual but wealthy businessman who wants to be governor

of New Mexico. Andrea Stannard (Michael Learned) is the governor of Washington, who may have trouble getting reelected since she left her husband and children for her campaign manager. In Ohio, St. John is shocked to learn his old friend, Sen. Hastings (E.G. Marshall), has decided against running

for another term. But he is soon contacted by a representative (Denzel Washington) of businessman Jerome Cade (J.T. Walsh) who wants Hasting's senate seat. The diverse elements of the plot are fairly complicated, but Lumet is a strong director who knows how to effectively weave these components

together. Gere, in one of his better performances, is the all-important connecting factor. The secondary roles are well cast, with Washington and Learned giving the most assured characterizations.

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  • Released: 1986
  • Rating: R
  • Review: The electoral process has always been a matter of selling a candidate to the public. With the vast array of technologies available today, the marketing of political candidates has become a highly competitive, multimillion-dollar industry. Director Sidney L… (more)

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