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Tanner '88 (Criterion Collection) (1988)

Cast: Michael Murphy, Michael Murphy, Pamela Reed, more...
Director: Robert Altman, Robert Altman
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Studio: Criterion Collection, Criterion
Genre: Political Satire, Criterion Collection
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Written by Garry Trudeau and directed by Robert Altman, this is an amusingly vicious squint at the American electoral process. Michael Murphy plays Jack Tanner, Democratic Presidential nominee. Also featured are Cynthia Nixon as Jack's teenage daughter Alex, and Pamela Reed as campaign manager T. J. Cavanaugh. Despite the mocking nature of the material, the "cinema verite" style and inclusion of real-life political figures (Bruce Babbitt, Kitty Dukakis) in cameos led some impressionable viewers to believe that Jack Tanner was an actual candidate--resulting in quite a few write-in votes in November! Originating as a two-part special, Tanner was expanded into twelve chapters, which ran irregularly from February 15 through August 27, 1988, on the HBO cable service. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Two weeks since he left us, many us realize that we're only just beginning to appreciate the legacy of Robert Altman. At the Daily, we've barely been able to keep up with the tributes (here and here). In 2003, David D'Arcy spoke with him about a career that spanned half a century. Full article >>

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Tanner '88 (Criterion Collection) (Disc 1 of 2) (1988)
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6.83 (36 votes)
Tanner '88 (Criterion Collection) (Disc 2 of 2) (1988)
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7.18 (22 votes)

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