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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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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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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1979 (USA) See more »

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The Senator See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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The film features a character called Senator Birney who was played by veteran actor Melvyn Douglas. In the 2016 US Presidential Race, Senator Bernie Sanders ran in the Democrat Primaries for US President but lost out to former FLOTUS, US Senator and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. See more »

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28 September 2001 | by Zorro-3See all my reviews

I was a senatorial intern in the 70's. (Fortunately never seduced.)

But this film accurately depicted the City of the Time.

Watch for the two or three second bit that depicts the "auto-pen."

When I was an intern, I was interviewed by my small-hometown-newspaper, and instructed by my supervisor that I could discuss anything, I could even disagree with the Senator, but I WAS NOT TO MENTION THE AUTO-PEN!!!

The auto-pen was a device that manipulated an actual felt-tip pen to produce a signature replica to make it appear that the Senator had actually signed a letter.


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