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Power

Year: 1986
Production Co: Lorimar Productions
Director: Sidney Lumet
Cast: Richard Gere, Julie Christie, Kate Capshaw, Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, J T Walsh
By all accounts (and I don't remember enough about the film, which goes to show those accounts must be right), Power isn't about anything. Or more precisely, it's about the shady, manipulative dealings of the political strategist industry, but it doesn't have a plot.

I remember Richard Gere as the hero schmoozing his way through a bunch of political campaigns where people will sell their soul for the power his skills can get them, stage managing idiots into marketable brands, his cynicism and skill carrying him.

I remember he has a crisis of conscience when he's met with a real leader who wants to make a real difference for the right reasons, not a lump of media savvy clay for him to mould for the fodder machine. But by all those same accounts there's not really a conclusion or definite arc of any character, and I'd hesitate to agree because I only remember the barest thread of story.

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