Power

Power

Director: Sidney Lumet

Cast: Richard Gere, Julie Christie, Gene Hackman

     
 

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Sidney Lumet's political drama Power comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This is a

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Sidney Lumet's political drama Power comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This is a sub-par release from Warner Brothers.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
An underrated political drama from director Sidney Lumet, who strays outside of his usual New York City confines for a flawed but fascinating tale of Washington, D.C., intrigue that unfortunately didn't hit pay dirt with audiences or critics due to a convoluted mystery plot and some phony domestic drama. While the central scandal at the center of this story proves somewhat anticlimactic, and scenes involving the hero's marital problems ring pretty hollow, what this film is chiefly about is the slick, cynical media manipulation that goes on in political races at every level. Lumet immerses his narrative in the details of exactly how and why it's done, and in these scenes, he renders a fascinating work that's equal parts exposé and primer. Whether advising a client on what to wear, what to say, how to talk, and most significantly, what to believe, or advising a campaign on which voice-over narrator or music to select for an ad campaign, Richard Gere oozes slimy authenticity and nervous, over-caffeinated energy in a scrupulously researched role. Anchored not just by Gere, but also by fine performances from E.G. Marshall and Denzel Washington, Lumet's film frays and crumbles at the edges only when straying too far outside the purview of its protagonist's professional life. That's certainly a serious problem, but not a fatal one by any means. For political process buffs that enjoy films such as The Candidate (1972) and Primary Colors (1998), Power is a solid enough effort to earn a spot on the must-see list.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/1999
UPC:
0012569040120
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:51:00

Special Features

Includes interactive menus

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Gere Pete St. John
Julie Christie Ellen Freeman
Gene Hackman Wilfred Buckley
Kate Capshaw Sydney Betterman
Denzel Washington Arnold Billing
E.G. Marshall Sen. Sam Hastings
Beatrice Straight Claire Hastings
Fritz Weaver Wallace Furman
Michael Learned Gov. Andrea Stannard
J.T. Walsh Jerome Cade
E. Katherine Kerr Irene Furman
Polly Rowles Lucille DeWitt
Matt Salinger Phillip Aarons
Tom Mardirosian Sheikh
Omar Torres Robert Cepeda
John Evans 1st Senator
Rick van Nutter Charles Whiting
Ricardo Gallarzo Interpreter
Jessica James Helen
Glenn Kezer Frank McKuster
Douglas Newell David Garber
Scott Harlan Ralph Andropwicz
Nick Flynn Wilson Jacobs
Noel Harrison Leonard Thompson
Jackson Beck The Voice
Leila Danette Poor Woman
Kevin Hagen Cop
Timothy Jecko Business Executive
Margaret Barker Wealthy Matron
D.B. Sweeney College Student
Linda de Niro Desk Clerk
Lynn Klugman Video Technician
Elizabeth Kendrick Receptionist
Jim Hartz Commentator
Roger Grimsby Commentator
Margaret Hall Commentator
Brad Holbrook Commentator
Donna Hanover Commentator
Frank Casey Commentator
Kristi Witker Commentator
Marvin Scott Anchorman
Martha Pinson Assistant
Jack Zahniser Pilot
Burke Pearson City Clerk
Janet Sarno Moderator
Robert Fieldsteel Assistant Director
Gregory Wagrowski Assistant Director
Ron Stein Stunt Cameraman
Robert Kruger Barry
Ed Van Nuys Charles Whiting
Darryl Edwards Waiter

Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director
William Barclay Art Director
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
Cy Coleman Score Composer
Laurencio Cordero Special Effects
Joe Cranzano Makeup
Wolfgang Glattes Producer
David Himmelstein Screenwriter
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard C. Kratina Camera Operator
Peter Larkin Production Designer
Andrew Mondshein Editor
Peter Odabashian Sound Editor
Reene Schisgal Producer
Mark Tarlov Producer
Joy Todd Casting
Thomas Tonery Set Decoration/Design
Kenneth Utt Production Manager

Scene Index

Jump To A Scene
0. Jump To A Scene
0. Menu Group #1 with 29 chapter(s) covering 01:50:39
1. Credits with a beat (Sing, Sing, Sing). [2:23]
2. Crisis on camera. [3:03]
3. Details. [1:55]
4. St. John's job. [4:54]
5. Loyal only to money. [3:13]
6. Hastings' news. [5:14]
7. Old acquaintances. [5:09]
8. Current and wannabe governors. [4:34]
9. Exaggerating?. [1:55]
10. Jerome Cade. [4:53]
11. Searching. [6:28]
12. Horsing around. [4:05]
13. Caught in the printer. [3:35]
14. Taking license. [2:25]
15. Wired. [3:30]
16. Concerned questions. [6:01]
17. Close encounter. [5:45]
18. His every move. [2:40]
19. Now more than ever. [4:25]
20. Deplaned. [2:21]
21. Favor for a friend. [5:42]
22. The monster. [4:16]
23. "Elect Casde and get paid." [2:43]
24. "Prove me wrong." [5:28]
25. Thinking past November. [3:34]
26. Election night. [3:30]
27. Something human. [2:14]
28. Tools of the trade (The Stars and Stripes Forever). [1:49]
29. End Credits (Sing, Sing, Sing). [2:41]

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