Tanner '88

Tanner '88

DVD - 2004
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During the 1988 presidential campaign, Democratic hopefuls spiritedly canvass the country, jostle for their party's nomination and the honor of opposing Republican Vice President George Bush. Then Senator Jack Tanner suddenly emerges from the shadows of a lengthy political hiatus to challenge candidates such as Al Gore, Jesse Jackson, Gary Hart, and Michael Dukakis. Tanner is a fictitious presidential candidate who goes out on the campaign trail to shed light on America's political process and landscape.
Publisher: Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection ; Chicago, IL : Distributed by Home Vision Entertainment, [2004]
ISBN: 9780780029118
0780029119
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 353 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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TheeAvebury
Oct 28, 2017

This has that Altman mix; often brilliant, and occasionally over the-top, and self conscious. The acting is generally good, but a little uneven. Some characters are very real, others come off as pure caricature. The series felt longer than it needed to be to make its points. The middle
episodes were a bit boring- but the first few episodes are as good as Altman's best, and definitely worth watching.

Movies_and_Music Jul 07, 2016

During the 1988 elections a large slate of Democratic politicians were fighting for the chance to take on Vice President George H. W. Bush for the presidency. While the primaries were going on, director Robert Altman filmed fictional Senator Jack Tanner interacting with his real life counterparts. The result is a great inside look at the primary process and a great satire of the ridiculousness of a political campaign. It's wonderfully well done with lots of now historical figures caught at least slightly off guard. Frequent Altman actor, Michael Murphy is terrific as is Cynthia Nixon as his daughter and Pamela Reed as a tough reporter. It's surprising how many of the details remain timeless about the process.-Don

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