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Franklin J. Schaffner

The Best Man

Director Franklin J. Schaffner Composer Mort Lindsey Cast Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, Edie Adams
Edition 2024
102' - 1964 - Drama - Dialogue: English
Shot just before the murder of JFK, The Best Man is a tight portrait of political campaigning, including blackmail and machinations of all kinds. Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson star in this battle between two Democratic candidates for the presidential nomination, a media circus cynically observed by author-screenwriter Gore Vidal.
Written by the virulent essayist Gore Vidal, this political morality lesson (with sarcastic dialogues to be savoured) in which two potential presidential candidates seek the support of the dying ex-president before their nomination. Henry Fonda is the pragmatic and righteous politician; Cliff Robertson is an untrustworthy and demagogic type, inspired by Senator Joe McCarthy, the man behind the witch-hunt against communists whose shadow hung over American politics in the early sixties. The poisonous political jousting takes place entirely during two decisive days of the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles, a media circus that D.O.P. Haskell Wexler films in semi-documentary style and in which he also inserts newsreel footage to add to the realism. The Best Man also shows the fast-growing impact of the television medium, with TV coverage filling screens everywhere from the Convention arena to the bedroom.

Tickets & screenings: from 19 September 2024.

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Franklin J. Schaffner


Mort Lindsey


Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, Edie Adams


Gore Vidal

Director of Photography

Haskell Wexler


Robert Swink


Stuart Millar, Lawrence Truman

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Countries of production

United States of America

Screenplay based on

"The Best Man" (Gore Vidal)