If you think Primary Colors is a big deal, get a load of this: An idealistic, philandering presidential candidate trades dirty tricks with his hypocritical, possibly gay opponent in this knowing political intrigue scripted by Kennedy-clan confidant Gore Vidal. As savvy about power and the news media as its more famous contemporary The Manchurian Candidate, The Best Man gets revelatory performances from a canny cast (’30s player Tracy as an ex-President clearly deserved his Oscar nomination). On this, the film’s laser debut, a razor-sharp transfer does full justice to Haskell Wexler’s elegant black-and-white cinematography. A
Genre: Drama, Politics; Starring: Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, Edie Adams, Richard Arlen, Shelley Berman, Mahalia Jackson, Margaret Leighton, Gene Raymond, Ann Sothern, Lee Tracy; Director: Franklin J. Schaffner; Author: Gore Vidal; MPAA Rating: Unrated
Posted June 13 1997 — 12:00 AM EDT
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