State of the Union

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It's a battle for integrity between a presidential candidate and his wife when he is backed by a millionairess.


Studio Universal
SKU 202715819
UPC 025192063022
UPC 14 00025192063022
Format DVD
Release Date 8/22/2006
Rating NR
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Based on a Pulitzer Prize winning play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, this well cast film is enhanced by Tracy's portrayal of an idealistic industrialist who runs for the presidency.
Plot Summary
Summary At the urging of a power-mad female newspaper publisher, self-made millionaire Grant Matthews goes after the Republican presidential nomination. In order to enhance his image, he convinces his estranged wife to return to him so they can provide a united front to the voting public. But as the campaign goes along, the liberal candidate becomes increasingly disillusioned with the political process.
Entertainment Weekly "Frank Capra's comedy-drama scathingly examines the way political candidates are packaged." -- Grade: B 08/25/2006 p.71
Frank Capra
Van Johnson
Lewis Stone
Katharine Hepburn
Spencer Tracy
Cast & Crew
Angela Lansbury - Actor
Anthony Veiller - Screenplay
Anthony Veiller - Producer
Frank Capra - Producer
Frank Capra - Director
George J. Folsey - Cinematographer
Howard Lindsay - Based On Play By
Katharine Hepburn - Actor
Myles Connolly - Screenplay
Russel Crouse - Based On Play By
Spencer Tracy - Actor
Van Johnson - Actor
Victor Young - Original Music By
William Hornbeck - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1948
Catalog ID 20630
UPC 00025192063022
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 95 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource Crazy for Cinema
Review The main problem with this Hepburn/Tracy pairing is not enough Tracy with Hepburn. The film itself is an intriguing look at the underhanded dealings and compromises needed to succeed on the road to the White House. Though over 50 years old, the film is probably just as accurate a portrait of campaigning today as it was then...Great performances and a well-written script are somewhat ruined by slow pacing and an abundance of politicking. Those not interested in the workings of the government machine need not apply.
ReviewRating 8
Review The 1948 Frank Capra film is based on a play about a man running for President and the conflict that arises between his wife and the woman who is running his campaign. It is a talky feature, and loaded with topical references that will become obscurer and obscurer with each passing election. The performances of Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Angela Lansbury, Van Johnson, and Adolphe Menjou, on the other hand, are timeless. The plot seems to mistake pragmatism for evil and idealism for good, but that is what movies are for.
Reviewer Doug Pratt
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Product Attributes
Actor Tracy,Spencer
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Contemporary as ever...Great entertainment.
Silver Screen Reviews A near perfect companion piece to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington...

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