MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2022 (#21 of 49) – Advise and Consent (1962) – Encore Review 2


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #21 of the 49.

Let’s continue with… 

“Mr. President, is the Senator calling me a liar?” – Fred Van Ackerman

“The record must stand as it is, Mr. President. How the Senator interprets that record is his own problem, not mine.” – Senator Bessie Adams

Initial Viewing Memories – Came across this film by accident a few years back and was immediately sold on it by the way that the politics works. The characters are all quite vivid and the dialogue is crisp and witty from start to finish.

Number of Times Seen – 3 Times (20 Apr 2016, 30 Apr 2018 and 12 Jan 2022)

Link to original reviewHere and  Here

Brief Synopsis – A look at the way that the Senate works when the President tries to get a new Secretary of State approved.

My Take on it – This is a movie that was never on my radar and then I stumbled across it by accident a few years back and immediately became enthralled by it.

As a fan of US politics and history, I found the story to be quite compelling and gripping due to the way that things play out.

The characters are created in a very vivid and profound way which adds so much to the way one looks at the politics of the time.

The cast is top notch and includes so many famous leading men from that era that it still shocks me to see how many wished to work with Otto Preminger on this movie even if they only were given small roles.

The film’s dialogue is constantly witty and fresh and warrants paying close attention to especially during the various political jabs that they throw at one another in a very simple and nonchalant way throughout.

The film has lots of subplots going on at once and they find ways to connect them all in a way that keeps it so satisfying to watch unfold.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Allen Drury, who was a congressional correspondent for The New York Times during the 1950s, while he was writing the book. Nearly every character is based on a real person (Lafe Smith is based on John F. Kennedy; Orrin Knox is based on Robert A. Taft, Fred Van Ackerman is based on Joseph McCarthy and the president is modeled on Franklin D. Roosevelt). Even the blackmailing of Brig Anderson, and how it’s resolved, is based on a real incident. And the Leffingwell nomination is based on the House Un-American Activities Committee investigation of Alger Hiss. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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