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A star-studded cast portrays political movers and shakers in this drama about politics and the media. Richard Gere is Pete St. John, a gilt-edged "image" advisor to the likes of powerful and often crooked politicians -- including a South American candidate for the top office in his country and, reluctantly, a conservative industrialist named Jerome Cade (J.T. Walsh). Cade is after a Senate seat vacated by Sam Hastings (E.G. Marshall), a liberal politician who fits in with the views that Pete once upheld. When things start to go wrong, it looks like Cade's gruff advisor Arnold Billings (Denzel Washington) might hold one of the keys to Pete's discovery of the truth about Cade -- and may be the reason why Hastings is leaving his job. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

  • Release date:January 31, 1986

Cast

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

Crew

Sidney Lumet
Director
Wolfgang Glattes
Producer
Mark Tarlov
Producer
Reene Schisgal
Producer
David Himmelstein
Screenwriter
Andrzej Bartkowiak
Cinematographer
Andrew Mondshein
Editor
Peter Larkin
Production Designer
William Barclay
Art Director
Laurencio Cordero
Special Effects
Joy Todd
Casting
Kenneth Utt
Production Manager
Peter Odabashian
Sound Editor
Joe Cranzano
Makeup
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