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James Stewart as Mr. Smith, in Washington DC chambers of Congress             on Page One:
Selected Films & TV: A thru F

here on Page Two
Selected Films & TV:
G thru L • M thru R

on Page Three
Selected Films & TV: S thru Z
Books About Political Films

Selected  Political  Films & TV
A thru F {Page 1} • G thru L {just below} • M thru R • S thru Z {Page 3}

           G   thru   L
"Gabriel Over The White House"
[Cosmopolitan / M.G.M. Loew's March 1933]
Gabriel Over The White House 1933 movie starring Walter Huston  Described as a 'bizarre political fantasy with a socialist-fascist slant'. Newly-inaugurated President Judson Hammond is content to exercise a hands-off approach and leave the problems of Depression Era America to local authorities. But after a miraculous recovery from an auto accident, he is ready to take on every social ill and neither Congress, gangsters, nor the nations of the world can stop him. Co-produced by Wm. Randolph Hearst & Walter Wanger; directed by Gregory La Cava; script by Carey Wilson based on the novel "Rinehard" by T.F. Tweed; starring Walter Huston, Karen Morley, Franchot Tone, Arthur Byron, Dickie Moore, C. Henry Gordon, David Landau, Samuel S. Hinds, William Pawley, Jean Parker, Mischa Auer, Akim Tamiroff & Fred 'Snowflake' Toones
M.G.M. b&w DVD [1/2010] for $26.99
M.G.M./Warner Home Video b&w VHS [9/98] out of prodn/used
24"x32" 'premium' poster from Amazon for $34.99
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

cover of British paperback of "Gabriel Over The White House" 1933 fantasy novel by Thomas Frederic Tweed  "Gabriel Over The White House: A Novel of The Presidency" [1933]
by Thomas Frederic Tweed

T.F. Tweed [1890-1940] was a British novelist and an advisor to Liberal Party politician David Lloyd George. The book was originally published in 1933 as "Rinehard" under Tweed's name, then as "Gabriel Over The White House" under 'Anonymous'; the movie also credited 'Anonymous' for the novel.
Farrar & Rinehart hardcover [1933] out of print/scarce

"Game Change" TV movie [H.B.O. broadcast 10 March 2012]
won Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie  Jay Roach won Emmy Award for Outstanding Direction  
Danny Strong won Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing  Julianne Moore won Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress  
won Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting  
Game Change TV movie from H.B.O., won 5 Emmy Awards   The presidential primary and election of 2008 was unprecedented in its silliness, even for the circus that is U.S. politics. Co-produced & directed by Jay Roach; adaptation by Danny Strong; starring Julianne Moore {as Sarah Palin}, Woody Harrelson, Ed Harris {as John McCain}, Peter MacNicol, Jamey Sheridan, Sarah Paulson, Ron Livingston, David Barry Gray, Larry Sullivan, Mikal Evans, Colby French, Bruce Altman, Spencer Garrett, Brian Howe, John Rothman, Austin Pendleton, Alex Hyde-White, Ron Perkins, Sandy Bainum, Douglas Nelson; won 5 Emmy Awards, with 7 other Emmy noms: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Lead Actress {JMoore}, Outstanding Casting
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia
 Game Change post-election book by John Heilemann & Mark Halperin  "Game Change: Obama and The Clintons, McCain & Palin, and The Race of A Lifetime" [2010 New York Times bestseller]
by John Heilemann & Mark Halperin

Kindle Edition from HarperCollins [2/2010] for $9.99
HarperPerennial 8x59¼ pb [10/2010] for $11.43
HarperCollins 9¼x6¼ hardcover [1/2010] out of print/used
book entry at Wikipedia

"Gerrymandering" documentary [indep Oct 2010]
Co-produced & directed by Jeff Reichert; interviewess include governors Gray Davis, Howard Dean,
Arnold Schwarzenegger & Pete Wilson • credits at IMDb • official movie site

"Get On The Bus" [1996] from Spike Lee
credits at IMDb

"Good  Night.  And,  Good  Luck"
[Warner Independent Oct 2005]
Good Night and Good Luck poster  TV newsman Edward R. Murrow airs a story about a man discharged from the Navy without a trial. Murrow is accused of being a 'Communist sympathizer', and the C.B.S. news team goes on the offensive. "See It Now" airs a series of shows detailing the lies and un-Constitutional tactics of Senator Joe McCarthy, leading to McCarthy's censure by the U.S. Senate. Co-written & directed by & co-starring George Clooney; starring David Strathairn as Edward R. Murrow, Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., Frank Langella, with Joseph McCarthy via archive footage; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Script, Best Actor {DS, of course), Best Cinematograpy & Best Art Direction
Warner widescreen b&w DVD [3/2006] for $14.96
full credits from IMDb • official moviesite
11"x17" poster available at

"Government  Girl" [R.K.O. Jan 1944]
Government Girl magazine ad   A comedy that covers the issues in play toward the end of WWII: optimism, women in the workforce, housing & other shortages, production of war materiel, and the frenzy of wartime politics in Washington, DC. A bungling, naive lobbyist from Detroit is forced to rely on his pretty secretary to maneuver thru the federal bureaucracy to convert factories for building bombers. Produced, co-written & directed by Dudley Nichols; co-written by Budd Schulberg, from a story by Adela Rogers St. Johns; starring Olivia de Havilland, Sonny Tufts, Anne Shirley, Jess Barker, James Dunn, Paul Stewart & Agnes Moorehead
video/DVD not available; full credits from IMDb

"The Great Man Votes" [1939] /tt0031392/

"The Great McGinty"
[Paramount August 1940]
won Oscar for Best Original Screenplay   The Great McGinty   A political boss turns a bum into a successful crooked politician; when McGinty marries an honest woman, his career is in jeopardy. Written & directed by Preston Sturges; starring Brian Donlevy, Akim Tamiroff, Muriel Angelus, Allyn Joslyn, William Demarest, Arthur Hoyt & Thurston Hall; won Oscar for Best Original Screenplay
Universal b&w VHS [3/92] out of prodn/used
DVD as part of the Preston Sturges Collection box set
Universal DVD box set [11/2006] 7 disks for $41.99
full credits from IMDb
11"x17" poster available at

"Guilty By Suspicion"
[Warner Bros. March 1991]
Guilty By Suspicion video   A succesful film director returns from France to find himself unemployable, due to the blacklist; he is offered a film project by a major studio if he will testify against others, and he agrees, but then finds that he cannot concede to the cruel and tyrannical actions of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Written & directed by Irwin Winkler; starring Robert De Niro, Annette Bening, [blacklistee] Sam Wanamaker, Chris Cooper, Ben Piazza, Martin Scorsese & Tom Sizemore
Warner color DVD [6/2004] for $9.97
Warner color VHS [9/98] for $14.20
Varese soundtrack CD [3/91] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb

"Heaven's  Gate"
[Partisan/United Artists Nov 1980]
"A stinging indictment of American capitalism run amok." — Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
Heaven's Gate poster  Based on a real range war in Wyoming; a sheriff tries to prevent bloodshed between cattle barons and immigrant sodbusters, while vying with a ruthless hired gun for the lovely owner of a bordello. Written & directed by Michael Cimino; cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond; starring Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, John Hurt, Sam Waterston, Brad Dourif, Isabelle Huppert, Joseph Cotten, Jeff Bridges, Ronnie Hawkins, Paul Koslo, Geoffrey Lewis, Richard Masur, Rosie Vela, Mary Catherine Wright, Terry O'Quinn, Mickey Rourke & Willem Dafoe
M.G.M. widescreen color DVD [2/2002] for $12.99
M.G.M. widescreen color VHS [9/96] 2 tapes - out of prodn/used
M.G.M. color VHS [7/96] 2 tapes - out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
Final Cut / Heaven's Gate book by Steven Bach  
"Final Cut: Dreams & Disaster In The Making of Heaven's Gate,
The Film That Sank United Artists" [1985] by Steven Bach

WmMorrow 9¼x6 pb [1/94] out of print/used
Plume mass pb [6/86] out of print/used
WmMorrow hardcover [6/85] out of print/used

"House of Cards" original series [Netflix Feb 2013?]  
House of Cards 2013 original series from Netflix  Available exclusively online via Netflix; first season is 13 episodes; stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as a ruthless & power-hungry couple in Washington, DC
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDb • series entry at Wikipedia • official trailer [2:29] at YouTube

"Huey Long" [1985 documentary]
Directed by Ken Burns; credits at IMDb

"I Want Your Money" propaganda film
[Freestyle Releasing July 2010]
The filmmaking is adept technically, but the libertarian content is delusional nonsense

Co-produced, co-written & directed by Ray Griggs • full credits at IMDb • official movie site

"The Ides of March" [Sony/Columbia Oct 2011]  
The Ides of March directed by & starring George Clooney  An idealistic staffer of a potential presidential candidate is assigned as P/R spokesperson during the Ohio primary election and soon learns to be cynical. Co-produced, co-written, directed by & starring George Clooney; co-written by Grant Heslov & Beau Willimon, based on Willimon's 2008 stageplay "Farragut North"; also starring Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, Michael Mantell & Jennifer Ehle
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDb • official movie site • movie entry at Wikipedia

"In The Loop" [B.B.C./I.F.C. July 2009]
In The Loop comedy directed by Armando Iannucci  This movie is a howler of a comedy! During an international crisis, a British official opposed to war accidentally backs military action on TV; he suddenly has friends in Washington, DC and decides to use his new access to stop the British PM's spin-doctor from rigging the vote at the United Nations. Co-written & directed by Armando Iannucci; starring Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Gina McKee, James Gandolfini, Chris Addison, David Rasche, Zach Woods & Anna Chlumsky; won British Independent Film Award, nominated for Oscar & BAFTA awards
full credits at IMDb • official movie site

"Independence"  [National Park Service July 1976]
John Huston's 1976 short film "Independence"  28-minute color film made for the U.S. Bicentennial celebration, covering the Declaration of Independence, the Constitutional Convention, and the inauguration of President John Adams; the film is shown daily at Independence Park in Philadelphia
Directed by John Huston; narrated by E.G. Marshall; starring William Atherton, John Favorite, Pat Hingle {as John Adams}, Ken Howard {as Tom Jefferson}, Anne Jackson {as Abigail Adams}, Donald Moore, Scott Mulhern {as Alexander Hamilton}, Patrick O'Neal {as George Washington}, John Randolph {as Samuel Adams}, Paul Sparer {as John Hancock}, Tom Spratley, Donald Symington, James Tolkan {as Tom Paine} & Eli Wallach {as Ben Franklin}
DVD not available • National Park Service color VHS [undated] for $39.82 {sic}
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

"The Insider" [Touchstone Nov 1999]
The Insider   Co-written & directed by Michael Mann; co-written by Eric Roth; starring Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Philip Baker Hall & Lindsay Crouse; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Crowe), Best Script (Adapted), Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound; nominated for ACE, ASC, BAFTA, DGA & WGA awards
Disney Honme Video widescreen DVD [6/2004] for $11.98
Touchstone widescreen VHS [4/2001] out of stock/used
Touchstone widescreen VHS [4/2002] out of stock/used
Sony soundtrack CD [10/99] for $17.98
full credits from IMDb • official movie website
11"x17" poster available at
Jeffrey Wigand, whistleblower: official website
Time Magazine 10 Questions Interview [Feb 2005]

"J. Edgar" [Malpaso/Warner Bros. Nov 2011]  
J. Edgar Hoover biopic directed by Clint Eastwood  The life and times of J. Edgar Hoover, the longtime director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation division of the U.S. Justice Department Co-produced & directed by Clint Eastwood; script by Dustin Lance Black; starring Leonardo DiCaprio {as Hoover}, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, Gunner Wright, David A. Cooper, Jeffrey Donovan, Josh Lucas, Emily Alyn Lind, Jamie LaBarber & Lea Thompson
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDb • official movie site

"Kissinger & Nixon"
[T.N.T. tv movie Dec 1995]
Kissinger & Nixon   A look at the tensions between U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and his National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger and other factions inside the White House circa 1972 concerning peace talks with the Viet Cong. Directed by Daniel Petrie; written by Lionel Chetwynd, based on parts of Walter Isaacson's bio; starring Ron Silver {as Kissinger}, Beau Bridges {as Nixon}, Ron White, George Takei, Kenneth Welsh, Tony Rosato, Henry Chan, Matt Frewer {as Gen. Haig}, Paul Miller, Ron Hartmann, Brett Halsey & Graham McPherson
Turner color VHS [2/98] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
Kissinger biography  
"Kissinger: A Biography" [1992] by Walter Isaacson
S&S 9¼x6¼ pb [9/2005] for $15.60
S&S hardcover [9/92] out of print/many used

"Knife Fight" [I.F.C. Films Jan 2013]  
Knife Fight political drama starring Rob Lowe   A committed political strategist must reckon with the truth about his job while juggling a trio of flawed clients. Co-written & directed by Bill Guttentag; co-written by Chris Lehane; starring Rob Lowe, Julie Bowen, Richard Schiff, Saffron Burrows, Jennifer Morrison, Carrie-Anne Moss, Eric McCormick, David Harbour
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDb

"The Last Hurrah" [Columbia Oct 1958]
The Last Hurrah video   An aging, gentlemanly politician tries for re-election one more time, with an uphill battle against ethnic hatred and campaign financing, and the new factor of television campaigning. Directed by John Ford [1894-1973]; starring Spencer Tracy, Jeffrey Hunter, Dianne Foster, Pat O'Brien, Basil Rathbone, Donald Crisp, James Gleason, Edward Brophy & John Carradine
Sony b&w DVD [10/99] for $24.88
Sony b&w VHS [6/94] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
The Last Hurrah novel  
based on the 1956 novel by Edwin O'Connor [1918-68]
Back Bay Books 8x5½ pb [7/85] out of print/used
Amereon hardcover [7/2001] out of print/used
"The Last Hurrah" [Hallmark/Columbia tv movie Nov 1977]
Directed by Vincent Sherman; written by & starring Carroll O'Connor
video/DVD not available; full credits from IMDb

"The Last War Crime" [indep 2012?]  
The Last War Crime independent 2012 movie  What if?: A district attorney issues an indictment for ordering the illegal interrogations at Guantanamo that provided the false basis for invading Iraq, then races against time to deliver the subpoena in public before she can be squashed by ruthless agents of the government. Co-produced, written & directed by 'The Pen'; starring Deanna Hurst, Richard Tanner, Grey Wolf {as Dick Cheney}, Troy Conrad, Joanie Tomsky, William Knight, G. Larry Butler, Carl Solomon, Reggie De Morton, Kevin Sifuentes
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDb • official movie site

"Lions  For  Lambs"  [M.G.M./U.A. Nov 2007]
Lions For Lambs movie poster  An interesting project, intended as a political statement rather than a box-office smash. The three intercut storylines begin with a college professor (Redford) confronting an exceptional student who is coasting thru college (and thru his life); two of his former students who enlisted in the U.S. Army are gung-ho members of a botched helicopter assault in the freezing mountains of Afghanistan; and a veteran TV journalist (Streep) is spoon-fed a news story about that same assault operation by an ex-Army U.S. Senator (Cruise). The film made little money, and the showing I went to had only four people in the audience; the old gentleman behind me stated when it was over that "I'm more worried now than when I came in here" – precisely the movie's purpose. Co-produced by Paula Wagner, Matthew Michael Carnahan, Tom Cruise & Robert Redford; directed by and starring Robert Redford; script by Matthew Michael Carnahan; also starring Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Peter Berg, Michael Peρa, Derek Luke & Andrew Garfield
United Artists widescreen color DVD [4/2008] for $10.49
United Artists color DVD [4/2008] for $13.49
full credits from IMDb • official movie site {Flash only}

           M   thru   R
"Make Mine Freedom" [1948 cartoon short]
9½-minute anti-'ISM' animated short about how communism 'threatens the American way of life'; directed by
William Hanna & Joseph Barbera; voices of Billy Bletcher, Daws Butler & Frank Nelson • credits at IMDb

watch [9:28] free online at Internet Archive

"The Manchurian Candidate"
1962 classic: credits at IMDb; listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (5/2005)
2004 remake: credits at IMDb

"Meet  John  Doe" [Warner Bros. May 1941]
Meet John Doe poster  A pitch-black jeremiad against manipulation by the media: A laid-off female reporter writes a biting (fake) letter from a despairing unemployed 'John Doe' who threatens to jump off the top of city hall on Christmas Eve. The public outcry leads to the reporter keeping her job and the newspaper milking the story for all it is worth. The paper hires a down-and-out baseball player to portray 'John Doe'; his staunch character is very popular, causing a grass-roots political movement that is twisted by a ruthless financier. Produced & directed by Frank Capra [1897-1991]; story by Richard Connell & Robert Presnell Sr., script by Robert Riskin; music by Dimitri Tiomkin; starring Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan, Spring Byington, James Gleason, Gene Lockhart, Rod La Rocque, Regis Toomey & Sterling Holloway; Oscar nomination for Best Story
Alpha Video b&w DVD [1/2002] for $7.72
Passport b&w DVD [8/2003] for $3.72 {sic]
[unnamed] b&w VHS [undated] for $6.95
Timeless Multimedia b&w VHS [12/98] for $14.99
full credits from IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia
11"x17" poster available at

"The  Mouse  That  Roared"
[Columbia Pictures Oct 1959]
Mouse That Roared video  The tiny Duchy of Grand Fenwick decides to invade the United States, so that they can lose the war and then receive foreign aid. But the ragtag invasion force, armed only with medieval longbows, lands in New York City during a nuclear drill, wander about hoping to find someone to surrender to, and instead discover a scientist and his beautiful daughter. The tiny army kidnaps the two along with an 'ultimate weapon', resulting in capitulation by the U.S. and making Grand Fenwick a world power. Directed by Jack Arnold; starring Peter Sellers {in 3 roles}, Jean Seberg, Leo McKern & David Kossoff
Columbia/TriStar widescreen DVD [7/2003] for $22.46
Columbia/TriStar color VHS [7/93] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb
Mouse That Roared novel  
Based on the 1955 novel by Leonard Wibberley [1915-83]
Four Walls Eight Windows 8¼x5¼ pb [1/2003] out of print/used
Bantam mass pb [8/84] out of print/used
Amereon 9x6 hardcover [12/85] out of print/used

"Mr.  Rooney  Goes  To  Washington"
[C.B.S. News Special 1975]
watch program [57:39] free online at Internet Archive

"Mr. Smith Goes To Washington"
[Columbia Oct 1939]
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington poster  A classic struggle between good & evil: A naive Boy Scout leader is appointed U.S. Senator on a lark; threatened by his idealism, the corrupt system in Washington, DC first tries to bribe him, then manufactures a scandal. Directed by Frank Capra; script by Sidney Buchman, based on a story by Lewis R. Foster; starring James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Guy Kibbee, Thomas Mitchell, Eugene Pallette, Harry Carey, Beulah Bondi, H.B. Warner & William Demarest; won an Oscar for Best Original Story, nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Script, Best Actor, two Best Supporting Actors (CR & HC), Best Music [Dimitri Tiomkin], Best Art Direction, Best Editing & Best Sound; listed on National Film Registry in 1989
Sony b&w DVD [2/2000] for $19.99
Sony b&w VHS [2/2000] out of prodn/used
11"x17" poster available at
full credits from IMDb • watch official trailer [1:41] at YouTube

"Nixon" [Hollywood Pictures Dec 1995]
Oliver Stone's "Nixon"  
"Nixon" screenplay  
The discovery of the Watergate burglary and the subsequent attempted cover-up by the White House leads to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon • Co-produced, co-written & directed by Oliver Stone; starring Anthony Hopkins {as Nixon}, Joan Allen, Powers Boothe, Ed Harris, Bob Hoskins, E.G. Marshall, David Paymer, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Sorvino, Mary Steenburgen, J.T. Walsh & James Woods; Oscar noms for Best Original Script, Best Actor [AH], Best Supporting Actress [JA], Best Music Score
Disney Video widescreen color Blu-ray [8/2008] for $24.49
Disney Video Collector's Edition widescreen color DVD [3/2002] out of prodn/used
Disney Video color VHS [3/97] 2 tapes - out of prodn/used
Hollywood Rcds soundtrack CD by John Williams [12/95] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Nixon: An Oliver Stone Film" annotated screenplay & essays [1995]
Edited by Eric Hamburg

Hyperion 9¼x6½ pb [12/95] out of print/many used

more on President Richard M. Nixon at Spirit of America Bookstore
more on the WaterGate Conspiracy at Spirit of America Bookstore

"Parallax View" [1974] /tt0071970/
directed by Alan J. Pakula; based on the 1970 novel by Loren Singer

"The  Pentagon  Papers"
[Paramount tv special March 2003]
Pentagon Papers tv movie  Daniel Ellsberg was an analyst for RAND Corp. and the U.S. government, and a supporter of the war in VietNam. He became disillusioned when he discovered classified Defense Dept. documents detailing the deliberate fabrication of reasons to go to war in Southeast Asia. Convinced that the American people deserve to know the truth, he risked his career, his freedom, and even his life to expose the duplicity of the U.S. war machine. Directed by Rod Holcomb; script by Jason Horwitch; starring James Spader, Claire Forlani, Paul Giamatti, Alan Arkin, Kenneth Welsh, Maria del Mar, Sean McCann, James Downing, Richard Fitzpatrick & Jonas Chernick; script won WGA's Paul Selvin Honorary Award
Paramount color DVD [2/2004] for $17.99
full credits at IMDb

"Political Animals" [USA Network due Summer 2012]  
Six-hour political drama color mini-series from exec producers Greg Berlanti & Laurence Mark that centers on a
divorced former First Lady and current Secretary of State who is struggling to keep her family together while
simultaneously dealing with the crises of the State Department; starring Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino,
Brittany Ishibashi, Sebastian Stan • latest info at IMDb

"Politics" [M.G.M. July 1931] /tt0022273/
When small-town politicians ignore local corruption, a middle-aged widow becomes fed up and decides to run for mayor herself.
starring Marie Dressler, Polly Moran, Roscoe Ates & Karen Morley

"Politics and Pasta" [Tribeca Prodns 2013?]
Announced 4/2012: The biopic of Vincent 'Buddy' Cianci, Jr. will track his infamous 21-year stint as the
mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, where he earned a reputation for rooting out corruption in his town, but also
served five years for racketeering himself; based on his 2011 autobiography; David O. Russell is officially
set to direct • not yet listed on IMDb

"Poliwood" TV documentary
[Showtime Nov 2009] by Barry Levinson

"Power" [1986]
Filmed at Durango, Mexico; at Astoria Studios, Queens and Armonk in New York; Seattle, Washington;
Washington, DC; and at Bonanza Creek Ranch, Albuquerque & Santa Fe in New Mexico
Directed by Sidney Lumet; starring Richard Gere • full credits at IMDb

"The  Power  of  Nightmares:
The  Rise  of  The  Politics  of  Fear"

[BBC2 documentary Aug 2004]
Power of Nightmares documentary on CD & DVD  Written & directed by Adam Curtis; won Best Documentary awards from BAFTA, DGGB & RTVS
Booksod Publng CD-ROM [2/2006] for $14.95
Booksod Publng video CD-ROM [6/2006] for $19.99
B.B.C. feature DVD [6/2006] for $29.99
full credits at IMDb • B.B.C. News webpage

"The President's Mistress"
[Kings Road Ent./CBS-TV aired Feb 1978]
The President's Mistress 1978 TV movie  "Death, deceit, and sexual scandal in the highest office..."
Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey; adapted from the novel by Tom Lazarus; starring Beau Bridges, Karen Grassle, Larry Hagman, Joel Fabiani, Susan Blanchard, Thalmus Rasulala, Don Porter, Gail Strickland & Titos Vandis
Region 1 DVD not available • indep color VHS [undated] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia
The President's Mistress novel by Patrick Anderson  "The President's Mistress" [1976 novel] by Patrick Anderson
When a woman is killed in Georgetown, the D.C. police figure burglary, but her former lover thinks that she was killed to keep her quiet; he tries to solve the murder, but the police soon see him as the prime suspect.
Pocket mass pb [10/76] out of print/many, many used
Simon & Schuster hardcover [3/76] out of print/used

"Primary" [1960]
docufilm about J.F.K.'s win in Wisconsin

"Primary Colors" [Universal March 1998]
Primary Colors movie   The thinly-disguised satire of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign. Directed by Mike Nichols; script by Elaine May, based on Joe Klein's bestselling novel; starring John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Adrian Lester, Maura Tierney, Larry Hagman & Diane Ladd; script/adaptation nominated for Oscar, WGA & USC Scripter awards, won BAFTA; KB nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar, BAFTA & SAG awards
Universal widescreen DVD [4/99] for $8.99
Universal color DVD [9/98] for $8.99
full credits at IMDb
Primary Colors novel  
"Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics" [1996 bestseller]
by Anonymous {aka Joe Klein}

Random House 8x5¼ pb [10/2006] for $11.16
Trafalgar Square pb [10/96] for $9.40
Chatto & Windus hardcover [2/96] out of print/used
Random House ABR audio [8/2000] for $9.99
'Running Mate' sequel to 'Primary Colors'  "The Running Mate" sequel to 'Primary Colors' [2000]
by Joe Klein

Delta 9x5¾ pb [4/2001] out of print/used
Dial Press 9½x6½ hardcover [4/2000] out of print/used

"The  Quiet  American" [Mirage Nov 2002]
Quiet American video   An idealistic young American diplomat assigned to 1950s Saigon meets a disillusioned British journalist and a beautiful Vietnamese woman and becomes entangled in love, politics and intrigue that he is ill-prepared for. Directed by Phillip Noyce; based on the novel by Grahame Green; starring Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser & Do Thi Hai Yen; listed AFI Best 10 Films of 2002; Oscar nomination for Best Actor (Caine)
Miramax widescreen DVD [9/2004] for $17.39
Buena Vista color VHS [2/2004] for $14.99
Varese soundtrack CD [3/2003] for $14.99
full credits from IMDb
Quiet American novel  Novel by Grahame Green [1955]
Penguin Classics 8.4x5½ pb [9/2004] for $11.20
Penguin Classics pb [11/2002] for $10.40
Modern Library hardcover [10/92] for $10.47
Blackstone UNABR audio CD [2/2003] for $32.95
Blackstone UNABR audio [2/2003] for $19.77
M.B.A.P. ABR audio [10/2003] for $10.39
Blackstone audio [8/97] for $41.94

"Reds"  [Paramount Dec 1981]
A radical combination of historical drama and actual history. The interspersed interviews with then-still-living witnesses to the story of American journalist and Bolshevik activist John Reed [1887-1920] give a resonance beyond any previous film about the Russian revolutionary era. Truly an epic film. Produced, co-written, directed by & starring Warren Beatty; also starring Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson & Maureen Stapleton; filmed witnesses include Henry Miller & Will Durant; won Oscars for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actress; nominated for 9 more; won DGA, WGA, two BAFTA Awards
Paramount color DVD [10/2006] for $14.99
Paramount color VHS [1/2002] 2 tapes - out of prodn/used
BMG soundtrack CD [4/99] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
Romantic Revolutionary biography of John Reed by Robert A. Rosenstone  
"Romantic Revolutionary: A Biography of John Reed" [1975]
by Robert A. Rosenstone

Replica Books 9x6 hardcover [5/2001] out of print/used
Random House hardcover [6/75] out of print/many used

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