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Advise and Consent

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Advise and Consent

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
139 minutes
performer:
Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Don Murray
director:
Otto Preminger
distributor:
Video Treasures
author:
Wendell Mayes

We gave it a B+

Advise and Consent, a windy, watchable backstage political drama, focuses on a Senate confirmation battle over the controversial appointment by the President of a liberal pacifist (Henry Fonda) to be Secretary of State. Although based on Allen Drury’s novel of Cold War red-baiting, Otto Preminger’s film is still headline-fresh. The movie’s topical plot twists include allegations of homosexuality and presidential incompetence. Best casting: JFK in-law Peter Lawford as a womanizing New England senator. B+

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