Plot & Details
A star-studded cast portrays political movers and shakers in this drama about politics and the media. Richard Gere is Pete St. John, a gilt-edged "image" advisor to the likes of powerful and often crooked politicians -- including a South American candidate for the top office in his country and, reluctantly, a conservative industrialist named Jerome Cade (J.T. Walsh). Cade is after a Senate seat vacated by Sam Hastings (E.G. Marshall), a liberal politician who fits in with the views that Pete once upheld. When things start to go wrong, it looks like Cade's gruff advisor Arnold Billings (Denzel Washington) might hold one of the keys to Pete's discovery of the truth about Cade -- and may be the reason why Hastings is leaving his job.
- Genre(s): Drama
- Run Time: 111min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 01/31/1986
- DVD Release Date: 05/18/1999
- Distributor(s): 20th Century Fox
- Director(s): Sidney Lumet
- Starring: Richard Gere , Julie Christie , Gene Hackman , Kate Capshaw , Denzel Washington
- Themes: Political Corruption,Rise To Power,On the Campaign Trail
- Tone: Slick,Talky,Wry,Satirical,Cynical
- Keywords: advertising,business,campaign,con/scam,election,manipulation,mastermind,media,pawn [person],political-corruption,politician,public-relations
- Country of Origin: USA (01-31-1986)
- Language: English