Steve Simels
June 13, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Best Man (Movie - 1964)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, Edie Adams, Richard Arlen, Shelley Berman, Mahalia Jackson, Margaret Leighton, Gene Raymond, Ann Sothern, Lee Tracy
director
Franklin J. Schaffner
author
Gore Vidal
genre
Drama, Politics

We gave it an A

If you think Primary Colors is a big deal, get a load of this: An idealistic, philandering presidential candidate trades dirty tricks with his hypocritical, possibly gay opponent in this knowing political intrigue scripted by Kennedy-clan confidant Gore Vidal. As savvy about power and the news media as its more famous contemporary The Manchurian Candidate, The Best Man gets revelatory performances from a canny cast (’30s player Tracy as an ex-President clearly deserved his Oscar nomination). On this, the film’s laser debut, a razor-sharp transfer does full justice to Haskell Wexler’s elegant black-and-white cinematography. A

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