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The Best Man

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Original title
The Best Man
Running time
102 min.
United States United States
Gore Vidal
Mort Lindsey
Haskell Wexler (B&W)
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Millar/Turman Productions
Drama | Politics
Synopsis / Plot
Intellectual William Russell and down-to-earth Joe Cantwell are front runners for a party nomination that will almost certainly mean the Presidency. Cantwell is prepared to use anything to achieve his goal while Russell sees himself as a man of principle - though his philandering means he is relieved his wife is prepared to appear alongside him. Both men crucially need the support of the ailing President, and as the stakes become higher each team has to decide how dirty they are prepared to get.
1964: Nominated for Oscar: Best Supporting Actor (Lee Tracy)
1964: 2 Nom. Golden Globes: Best Supporting Actor (Tracy) and Actress (Sothern)
1964: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Drama Screenplay
1964: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival: Special Jury Prize
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