The Best Man (1964)

102 mins | Drama | 1964

Writer:

Gore Vidal

Cinematographer:

Haskell Wexler

Editor:

Robert Swink

Production Designer:

Lyle Wheeler

Production Company:

Millar/Turman Productions
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HISTORY

Includes newsreel footage of the 1960 U. S. presidential nominating conventions. ...

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Includes newsreel footage of the 1960 U. S. presidential nominating conventions.

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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dick Moder
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod assoc
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Cost supv
Cost des, Margaret Leighton
MUSIC
SOUND
Sd mix
Sd ed
Music ed
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Asst to prod
Main titles
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Best Man by Gore Vidal (New York, 31 Mar 1960).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
1964
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 6 Apr 1964
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Millar/Turman Productions
6 April 1964
LP27773
Duration(in mins):
102
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

At a U. S. presidential nominating convention in Los Angeles, the leading presidential candidates are William Russell, former Secretary of State, and Joe Cantwell, an unscrupulous conservative senator. To avoid scandal, Russell and his estranged wife have reconciled for the duration of the campaign. Cantwell, however, plans to exploit Russell's past history of mental illness. Both candidates seek the endorsement of Art Hockstader, a devious former president, who dies during the convention. Although he is told that Cantwell was an active homosexual in the Army, Russell refuses to divulge this information to the press. Sickened by such slander, Russell ends his candidacy, throwing his support to a third contender. In so doing, he regains his wife's ...

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At a U. S. presidential nominating convention in Los Angeles, the leading presidential candidates are William Russell, former Secretary of State, and Joe Cantwell, an unscrupulous conservative senator. To avoid scandal, Russell and his estranged wife have reconciled for the duration of the campaign. Cantwell, however, plans to exploit Russell's past history of mental illness. Both candidates seek the endorsement of Art Hockstader, a devious former president, who dies during the convention. Although he is told that Cantwell was an active homosexual in the Army, Russell refuses to divulge this information to the press. Sickened by such slander, Russell ends his candidacy, throwing his support to a third contender. In so doing, he regains his wife's love.

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Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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