Advise & Consent

Advise & Consent

DVD - 2005
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The President's choice of an unpopular Secretary of State leads to divisions in the Senate and the blackmail and death of a senator.
Audience: OFRB rating: PG.
Publisher: Burbank : Warner Home Video, [2005]
Copyright Date: ℗2005
ISBN: 9780790792064
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Advis
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (138 min.) : digital, sound, black and white ; 12 cm
Language Note: In English with French and Spanish subtitles.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.


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Oct 11, 2018

Director Otto Preminger's early life experiences in the field of law followed him into this politically dense film story of Capitol intrigue. Some lines in the script still seem relevant, like that of Charles Laughton: "We want to know what you intend to give away to the Communists!" It turned out to be Laughton's final role in life, before dying six months after the films release. As the esteemed Senator from South Carolina, Laughton sounds like a progenitor of Kevin Spacey's role of Frank Underwood in "House of Cards" --replete with drawl, pomp, and storied language.

Feb 27, 2017

An easily forgettable film. Charles Laughton was close do death when he made his lackluster performance. Patrons who like this sort of film would do much better borrowing Rod Lurie's "The Contender" - better script and way better acting.

Feb 11, 2017

Otto Preminger’s searing adaptation of Allen Drury’s politically charged novel is just as pertinent today as it was at the height of the Cold War. Drury based his characters on real politicians (Peter Lawford’s womanizing schemer is a stand-in for JFK while George Grizzard’s unscrupulous senator from Wyoming has Joseph McCarthy written all over him) and many of the events taking place in the novel were loosely based on real life incidents. In Preminger’s capable hands this attention to detail gives rise to an engrossing and wholly believable tale of underhanded deals, misguided patriotism, and the type of self-serving backstabbing that seems to be a Washington mainstay. Anti-communist rhetoric echoes back to the witch hunts of the 1950’s—the recently coined logo “In God We Trust” looms prominently over the senate chamber and Preminger never misses a chance to throw a bit of dirt onto that sentiment whether it’s a prostitute sneaking out of a senator’s hotel room or a rich socialite wining, dining, and screwing her way into the Capitol’s inner circle. Crisp B&W cinematography renders D.C. in all it’s tree-lined glory and a host of stand-out performances give the film the immediacy of a live stage production only slightly marred by a stars ’n stripes ending. Lew Ayres, Walter Pidgeon, Gene Tierney, and Burgess Meredith round out the cast and a very prim Betty White makes her screen debut as a no-nonsense representative from Kansas.

Feb 11, 2016

This is a 1962 American political drama directed by Otto Preminger, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1595 novel of the same name by Allen Drury.
The title derives from the United States Constitution's Article II, Sec. 2, cl. 2, which provides that the President of the United States "shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States".
The film, set in Washington, D.C., follows the consequences of a Presidential nomination for Secretary of State of a man with a hidden past who commits perjury in the course of confirmation proceedings.
It pushed censorship boundaries with its depiction of a married senator who is being blackmailed over a wartime homosexual affair, and was the first mainstream American movie after World War II to show a gay bar.
It is a big surprise to see the gay senator commit suicide.

Sep 27, 2014

far too boring..

Nov 02, 2013

Strong cast, but that wasn't enough to keep me from nodding off. Almost 2½ hours of dull and grating vitriolic chatter. Charles Laughton here in his last role as a nasty drawling Southern senator was the only thing that was mildly entertaining.

Oct 28, 2013

Moderately entertaining, too much political minutiae drags the story down. Fonda is dull, so are most of the other actors.

Aug 12, 2010

Classic old film showing an inside look at politics with a wonderful cast... even a young Betty White makes an appearance!!!


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Nov 02, 2013

Robert Leffingwell: "Son, this is a Washington, D.C. kind of lie. It's when the other person knows you're lying, and also knows you know he knows."

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