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The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)

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

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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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Storyline

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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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There are many ways to be seduced. Fame. Power. Love. Joe Tynan knows them all. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Verführung des Joe Tynan See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Alan Alda was top first billed, Barbara Harris was second billed and Meryl Streep received third billing. See more »

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Featured in Sneak Previews: Take 2: Love Stories (1979) See more »

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Strong drama highlighted by fine performances
2 October 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Strong drama of morals and ambition. Alda has written himself a showcase part and does very well in the lead providing a strong center to the picture and he's aided by two superior actresses, one, Meryl Streep, on the way up and the other Barbara Harris always under-appreciated. Meryl is vulnerable and appealing but Barbara Harris is the treasure, giving the film's best performance and providing the heart that would be missing with her contribution. An incredibly skillful actress who was too unique for Hollywood to utilize properly she speaks volumes without saying a word through subtle facial expression. Also notable is Melvyn Douglas giving another of the marvelous supporting performances that were a staple of the twilight of his career.


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