Advise & Consent

Advise & Consent

DVD - 2005
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"A Senate subcommittee meets to confirm the President's controversial nominee for Secretary of State."

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hesselugano
Feb 27, 2017

An easily forgettable film. Charles Laughton was close do death when he made his lackluster performance. Patrons who like this sort of film would do much better borrowing Rod Lurie's "The Contender" - better script and way better acting.

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Nursebob
Feb 11, 2017

Otto Preminger’s searing adaptation of Allen Drury’s politically charged novel is just as pertinent today as it was at the height of the Cold War. Drury based his characters on real politicians (Peter Lawford’s womanizing schemer is a stand-in for JFK while George Grizzard’s unscrupulous senator from Wyoming has Joseph McCarthy written all over him) and many of the events taking place in the novel were loosely based on real life incidents. In Preminger’s capable hands this attention to detail gives rise to an engrossing and wholly believable tale of underhanded deals, misguided patriotism, and the type of self-serving backstabbing that seems to be a Washington mainstay. Anti-communist rhetoric echoes back to the witch hunts of the 1950’s—the recently coined logo “In God We Trust” looms prominently over the senate chamber and Preminger never misses a chance to throw a bit of dirt onto that sentiment whether it’s a prostitute sneaking out of a senator’s hotel room or a rich socialite wining, dining, and screwing her way into the Capitol’s inner circle. Crisp B&W cinematography renders D.C. in all it’s tree-lined glory and a host of stand-out performances give the film the immediacy of a live stage production only slightly marred by a stars ’n stripes ending. Lew Ayres, Walter Pidgeon, Gene Tierney, and Burgess Meredith round out the cast and a very prim Betty White makes her screen debut as a no-nonsense representative from Kansas.

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akirakato
Feb 11, 2016

This is a 1962 American political drama directed by Otto Preminger, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1595 novel of the same name by Allen Drury.
The title derives from the United States Constitution's Article II, Sec. 2, cl. 2, which provides that the President of the United States "shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States".
The film, set in Washington, D.C., follows the consequences of a Presidential nomination for Secretary of State of a man with a hidden past who commits perjury in the course of confirmation proceedings.
It pushed censorship boundaries with its depiction of a married senator who is being blackmailed over a wartime homosexual affair, and was the first mainstream American movie after World War II to show a gay bar.
It is a big surprise to see the gay senator commit suicide.

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kleaver
Sep 27, 2014

far too boring..

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Monolith
Nov 02, 2013

Strong cast, but that wasn't enough to keep me from nodding off. Almost 2½ hours of dull and grating vitriolic chatter. Charles Laughton here in his last role as a nasty drawling Southern senator was the only thing that was mildly entertaining.

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eusebius
Oct 28, 2013

Moderately entertaining, too much political minutiae drags the story down. Fonda is dull, so are most of the other actors.

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mi2nerdy
Aug 12, 2010

Classic old film showing an inside look at politics with a wonderful cast... even a young Betty White makes an appearance!!!

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Monolith
Nov 02, 2013

Robert Leffingwell: "Son, this is a Washington, D.C. kind of lie. It's when the other person knows you're lying, and also knows you know he knows."

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