name = Power
producer = Reene Schisgal
Mark Tarlov Kenneth Utt Wolfgang Glattes
starring = Richard Gere
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
January 31, 1986
runtime = 111 min.
imdb_id = 0091786
"Power" is a 1986 American
drama filmdirected by Sidney Lumet. The original screenplayby David Himmelstein focuses on political corruptionand how power affects both those who wield it and the people they try to control.
Denzel Washington won the
Image Awardfor Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture.
Pete St. John, a ruthless and highly successful
media consultant, is asked to join the campaign of little-known Ohiobusinessman Jerome Cade, who hopes to win the Senate seat vacated by St. John's friend Sam Hastings. He comes in conflict with Arnold Billings, a public relationsexpert whose firm has been hired by Cade. St. John's investigation into Billings' background prompts Billings to retaliate by bugging St. John's office phones, flooding the basement of his headquarters, tampering with his private jet, and interfering with his other clients. His actions force St. John to take a hard look at himself and what he has become and to decide if his ex-wife Ellen and ex-partner Wilfred Buckley are right in believing his success is due primarily to the exploitation of others.
Richard Gere..... Pete St. John
Julie Christie..... Ellen Freeman
Gene Hackman..... Wilfred Buckley
Kate Capshaw..... Sydney Betterman
Denzel Washington..... Arnold Billing
E.G. Marshall..... Sam Hastings
Beatrice Straight..... Claire Hastings
Fritz Weaver..... Wallace Furman
Michael Learned..... Andrea Stannard
J.T. Walsh..... Jerome Cade
Matt Salinger..... Phillip Aarons
Principal production credits, etc.
Film editing..... Andrew Mondshein
*Original Music .....
Cinematography..... Andrzej Bartkowiak
*Production Design ..... Peter S. Larkin
*Art Direction ..... William Barclay
*Set Decoration ..... Thomas C. Tonery
Costume Design..... Anna Hill Johnstone
Twentieth Century-Foxrelease was filmed in Armonk, New York; the Kaufman Astoria Studiosin Queens, New York City; Albuquerqueand Santa Fe, New Mexico; Durango, Mexico; Seattle, Washington; Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Parkin Agua Dulce, California; and Washington, DC.
In his review in the "
New York Times", Vincent Canbydescribed the film as "a well-meaning, witless, insufferably smug movie that . . . suffers from the total lack of a comic imagination." [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A0DE1DA113DF932A05752C0A960948260 "New York Times" review] ]
In the "
Chicago Sun-Times", Roger Ebertobserved, "It's smart, it's knowledgeable, sometimes it's funny, occasionally it is very touching, and I learned something from it . . . The movie builds up considerable momentum during its first hour. There's a sense of excitement, of identification with this man who is being driven by his own energy, ambition and cynicism . . . During the second half of the movie, however, a growing disappointment sets in. "Power" is too episodic. It doesn't really declare itself to be about any particular story, any single clear-cut issue . . . the movie itself seems to sense that it's going nowhere. The climax is a pointless, frustrating montage of images. It's a good montage, but it belongs somewhere in the middle of the movie; it states the problem, but not the solution or even the lack of a solution. The movie seems to be asking us to walk out of the theater shaking our heads in disillusionment, but I was more puzzled than disillusioned." [ [http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19860131/REVIEWS/601310302/1023 "Chicago Sun-Times" review] ]
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Internet Movie Database
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