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The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)

R | | Drama | 17 August 1979 (USA)
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

Writer:

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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Storyline

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 {J-26}

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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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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Senator See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$19,595,168

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,595,168
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Locations in the American state of Maryland, according to the picture's production notes, doubled for settings set in Louisiana, Washington D.C., and Westchester, New York. These included residential, countryside, and government building locales. Noticeable landmark exteriors were filmed in the U.S. capital of Washington D.C. See more »

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The acting is good. The story is accurate is very Washingtonian!
5 April 1999 | by macpherrSee all my reviews

Meryl Streep (Out of Africa, The Bridge of Madison County) plays the other woman, and at this time with a southern accent. Alda(Mash, Jake's Women)plays the politician who has an affair hurting his relationship with his wife Ellie(Peggy Sue Got Married). Charles Kimbrough, (Murphy Brown) plays Joe Tynan's advisor. Alda stays in Washington and his family stays in his home town. The kids are hurting because dad is always away, the wife tries all she can to accommodate her carrier and her children to fit Tynan's life. The acting is good. The story is accurate as Washington politics of 1999. The wife finds out that her husband is having an affair and makes a speech stating to be proud of her husband. This is so Washingtonian! Personally I purchased the tape because I like Meryl and Alda. Since the title of a movie does not necessarily reflect the movie, I decided to get it. It is better then Wag the Dog but I do not recommend because I am sick and tired of tales of adultery and corrupted politicians! There are many other topics that are much more interesting. I am giving this movie a five because of the actors. This movie is one that you should intentionally miss watching.


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