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The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)

Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment. It means losing an old friend and fudging principles to make the necessary deals, as well... See full summary »

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Jerry Schatzberg

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Alan Alda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Alda ... Joe Tynan
Barbara Harris ... Ellie
Meryl Streep ... Karen Traynor
Rip Torn ... Senator Kittner
Melvyn Douglas ... Senator Birney
Charles Kimbrough ... Francis
Carrie Nye Carrie Nye ... Aldena Kittner
Michael Higgins ... Senator Pardew
Blanche Baker ... Janet
Maureen Anderman Maureen Anderman ... Joe's Secretary
Chris Arnold Chris Arnold ... Jerry
John Badila John Badila ... Reporter on TV screen
Robert Christian Robert Christian ... Arthur Briggs
Maurice Copeland Maurice Copeland ... Mr. Edward Anderson
Lu Elrod ... Congresswoman at Party
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Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment. It means losing an old friend and fudging principles to make the necessary deals, as well as further straining his already part-time family life. But it could be a big boost to his career, so he takes it on. Helping him prepare the case is pretty southern researcher Karen Traynor, and their developing relationship further complicates and compromises his life. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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What drives a man to his limits... the power of love or the love of power? See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Verführung des Joe Tynan See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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The length of Alan Alda and Barbara Harris'marriage had run for was nineteen years. See more »

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Art Predicting life
25 February 2005 | by alicecbrSee all my reviews

As Rip Torn is getting a blow job in his senatorial office, an aide looks down and sees a woman's legs under the desk. The senator from La. tells the aide to leave, and we see the bewildered look on his face as he leaves. Small wonder, though, as this movie which shows the salacious side of life in D.C. goes on to reveal wild parties. This same senator is seen bragging on his mile-high exploits and the party climaxes in the grand piano being shoved out the window and traveling down the driveway, flowers on top intact.

Barbara Harris does a great job as the senator's wife. The role of the reluctant teen-ager is not fully developed, and her absence at the great nomination event of the Democratic party is not explained. When you contrast this movie with the carefully orchestrated phoniness of the Republican National Convention, you see easily how our 'free and open' society has degenerated. There were no riot cops with batons and stun guns suppressing the dissidents at this convention.

Alda is still too much of a nice guy in this movie, although he does sexual lust really well, ripping off Streep's clothes. Streep does a nice job, showing her frustration and sadness at her neglectful treatment by her own financially successful husband. The work of the senate aide is also demonstrated as clearly including the handing out of hotel room keys with no questions asked.

Reminding me of Dukakis' wife Kitty and Ford's wife, Betty, you see what the strain of being a Congressman's wife can be. Great points were made about the explicit price paid for having seen a therapist, having shock therapy or the like.

This movie isn't as good as 'The Best Man', Gore Vidal's wonderfully written movie, but who can write that well in this day and time. See the movie for it's strangely prophetic scenes. And then see Alan Alda, as the CORRUPT senator opposite Howard Hughes in 'the Aviator' just in time for the Oscars. Great contrast.


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