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Tanner '88 

Not Rated | | Comedy | TV Mini-Series (1988– )
A behind-the-scenes look at a former Michigan U.S. Representative's campaign as he vies for his party's Presidential nomination.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Michael Murphy ...  Jack Tanner 11 episodes, 1988
Pamela Reed ...  T.J. Cavanaugh 11 episodes, 1988
Daniel Jenkins ...  Stringer Kincaid 11 episodes, 1988
Matt Malloy ...  Deke Connors 11 episodes, 1988
Ilana Levine ...  Andrea Spinelli 11 episodes, 1988
Cynthia Nixon ...  Alex Tanner 10 episodes, 1988
Jim Fyfe ...  Emile Berkoff 10 episodes, 1988
Veronica Cartwright ...  Molly Hark 10 episodes, 1988
Frank Barhydt Frank Barhydt ...  Frank Gatling 9 episodes, 1988
Sandra Bowie Sandra Bowie ...  Stevie Chevalier 8 episodes, 1988
Wendy Crewson ...  Joanna Buckley 8 episodes, 1988
Kevin J. O'Connor ...  Hayes Taggerty 7 episodes, 1988
Richard Cox ...  David Seidelman 7 episodes, 1988
Greg Procaccino Greg Procaccino ...  Barney Kittman 7 episodes, 1988
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A behind-the-scenes look at a former Michigan U.S. Representative's campaign as he vies for his party's Presidential nomination.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Official Sites:

Criterion Collection

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tanner '88 See more »

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Production Co:

Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(11 parts) | (10 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Aaron Sorkin has acknowledged that this miniseries had an influence on The West Wing (1999), which he created, in its underlying idealism, and in its view of political staffers as people who at least struggle to do the right thing. See more »

Quotes

Jack Tanner: [writing in his diary] March 11, 1988. I've spent the day talking with contributors. Even after a year of such calls, it still amazes me how many ordinary citizens feel strongly enough about an election's outcome to give. Their faith lends much dignity to the whole process by which we choose our country's ...
[Alex knocks]
Alex Tanner: Dad? USA Today is on the other line. They want to know, if you were a fruit or a vegetable, which one would you be?
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Alternate Versions

As a prelude to the first screening of the sequel _"Tanner on Tanner" (2004) (mini)_, the original mini-series was shown again on the Sundance Channel (in the US) and BBC 4 (in the UK). The re-release was subtitled "Once More in '04", and each episode was preceded by a newly filmed introduction, in which one of the main characters talks to camera about their memories of the '88 campaign, 16 years on. See more »

Connections

Followed by Tanner on Tanner (2004) See more »

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Astute Addition to the Altman Canon
5 October 2001 | by erahatchSee all my reviews

Terrific for those looking for a hidden Altman masterwork. It shares many traits with Altman's best (i.e. _Nashville_, _Short Cuts_, and Three Women_, etc.): strong ensemble acting, overlapping dialogue, quirky sense of humor, lots of serendipity. The political insider's perspective - which we must credit to Trudeau - only adds to the fun. _Tanner_ gains greater richness of character and narrative as it unfolds. Here's hoping Tanner runs again


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