Synopsis: Pete St. John is a powerful and successful political consultant, with clients spread around the country. When his long-time friend and client, Ohio senator Sam Hastings, decides to quit politics, he is rapidly drafted to help with the campaign of the man destined to succeed him, unknown and mysterious businessman Jerome Cade. In parallel, and unaware of the potential dangers, he proceeds to unravel the mystery surrounding Hastings dropping out, with the aide of his ex-wife, a prominent Washington-based journalist. But interests more powerful than local arm wrestling are at stake, and things start going awry.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Sidney Lumet
Production: Lorimar Home Video
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

but you have got to admit that...

...Wallace has just got

that certain-- you know.

Mrs. Furman, Wallace,

I'll be right down.

Are you sure you want to handle

this campaign?

- Why?

- Why?

If this guy were masturbating

his hand would fall asleep.

We have nothing to lose.

Anything that gets over 39%

makes us look good.

And it pays the overhead.

Wallace, you're running

for governor.

It's not gonna be easy.

What we're aiming for here,

the ideal,

is that you personify

the themes of the campaign.

That you make a statement

just by standing up. Now,

our themes are:

new ideas, new directions.

Change! Vigor!

No offense, but you look

too soft to change a tire...

- ...much less a state.

- That's ridiculous.

- What are you saying?

- He's saying you're a wimp.

What I'm saying is,

you've got to align

the perception with the reality.

We've got two immediate problems.

One, you were born into money.

Two, you did it out of state,

which wasn't too smart,

but these are turnable,

we'll manage this whole thing.

All right, I want you to go

on a high protein diet...

...and start working out

on a Nautilus,

three times a week,


We also gotta work on punching up

this delivery of yours.

And energyze it, make it track

with the message. Okay?

- Yeah, okay.

- Now let's talk about colors.

Syd's gonna take you

to this guy on 57th Street...

...for a couple of dozen shirts,

once we get set on the shades.

I don't like you in blue or gray.

Too cold for you.

You're running

in New Mexico.

You look a little

washed out.

Don't you ever

get outside at all?

I've asked him

to stay out of the sun...

...because his family has

a history of skin cancer.

But you've never had it.


Long-term exposure, right?

This is only going to be

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David Himmelstein

David U. Himmelstein is an American academic physician specializing in internal medicine. He is a distinguished professor of public health and health policy in the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, an adjunct clinical professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and a lecturer at Harvard Medical School. He is also the co-founder (with Steffie Woolhandler) of Physicians for a National Health Program, an organization advocating for single-payer healthcare in the United States. more…

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