Power and Beauty

Power and Beauty

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Director: Susan Seidelman

Cast: Natasha Henstridge, Kevin Anderson, Peter Friedman

     
 

This drama based on the true story of Judith Campbell Exner, who was a lover and confidante to both President John F. Kennedy and mob kingpin Sam Giancana, gets a spare presentation on DVD. Power and Beauty has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. No multiple language options…  See more details below

Overview

This drama based on the true story of Judith Campbell Exner, who was a lover and confidante to both President John F. Kennedy and mob kingpin Sam Giancana, gets a spare presentation on DVD. Power and Beauty has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. No multiple language options or bonus materials have been included for this edition.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
The story behind Beauty and Power, culled from the dubious recollections of alleged Kennedy mistress and mob connection Judith Exner, is certainly tawdry and scandalous enough to be an entertaining TV movie, but the film lacks the wit and vitality of good pulp. Director Susan Seidelman is saddled with a flat, cliché-ridden script. For example, Exner (Natasha Henstridge) describes Frank Sinatra (John Ralston) as having "something magical about him," and says of Jack Kennedy (Kevin Anderson), "The man was like a magnet." This may be the type of dialogue one should expect from the screenwriters behind Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare, but it doesn't make for an evening of scintillating viewing. Anderson delivers a strong performance in what is perhaps the sleaziest characterization of Kennedy ever seen onscreen, and Peter Friedman is also good as a surprisingly warmhearted Sam Giancana, but the cast is generally lackluster. In the lead role, Henstridge is disappointingly bloodless as the inappropriately haughty adulteress and mafia hanger-on. The film doesn't have the kind of tabloid energy that would have allowed it to overcome its lack of believability. Considering the incendiary nature of the source material, it's astounding how tediously it all plays out.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/2003
UPC:
0758445108729
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Showtime Ent.
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[monaural, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
9,400

Special Features

Closed Caption; Interviews with: Natasha Henstridge, Kevin Anderson; Filmographies on: Susan Seidelman- director, Natasha Henstridge, Kevin Anderson

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Natasha Henstridge Judith Campbell Exner
Kevin Anderson John F. Kennedy
Peter Friedman Sam Giancana
John Ralston Frank Sinatra
Grant Nickalls Billy Campbell

Technical Credits
Susan Seidelman Director
Andrew Adelson Executive Producer
Tracey Alexander Executive Producer
William Bast Original Story,Screenwriter
Keiko Deguchi Editor
David Erickson Screenwriter
Michael Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Huson Original Story,Screenwriter
Camilla Toniolo Editor
Derrick Underschultz Cinematographer
Patrick Williams Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening [2:55]
2. The Summit [7:51]
3. Under My Skin [10:08]
4. The Third Mistake [6:12]
5. Jack [12:24]
6. Mistress and Courier [8:28]
7. The President's Men [9:34]
8. Ask Not What You Can Do [9:27]
9. Does He Love Me? [8:02]
10. Presidents and Kings [6:46]
11. The Hearing [8:15]
12. Credits [3:38]

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Power and Beauty 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the intrigue of this movie, but also enjoyed the fact that great attention to detail was paid. I have a habit of checking everything whether it be furniture, clothing, cars, etc. just to make sure it's period perfect. Many movies fail to get it right and I'm getting old enough now that I can remember more decades. This movie is definitely worth watching and makes you want to go back to those days (the good stuff, not the bad :)!