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The Capra flavor is here, in the paeans to liberty and the American Way, and in the crackling pacing of dialogue scenes. Capra's affection for supporting players is also evident, with standout stuff from Menjou, Van Johnson (as a cynical aide), Lewis Stone, and Raymond Walburn. But the film's roots as a hit play (by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse) are a little too evident, and the film as a whole doesn't feel as bracingly Capraesque as the director's 1930s work. Having said that, the political satire is as relevant today as it was in 1948, although the rapid-fire topical references might be puzzling to non-campaign buffs. Note for bloopers collectors: Hepburn's name is spelled "Katherine" in the opening credits. --Robert Horton
Both Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn give amazing performances.
Hollywood always seems to produce better Presidents and candidates for President than the real world, which is certainly the case with this 1948 Frank Capra film.
That's because a certain president cribbed much of it for his own political ends.
I'm so glad I finally watched this film! Both Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn give amazing performances. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
When I read a book devoting a discussion to Windle Wilkie I 'had to' see "State of the Union" as a takeoff on his run for the presidency. I thoroughly enjoyed it....BGPublished 3 months ago by Bob Graves
The age old problem of elections controlled by power brokers is aptly portrayed in this movie with excellent acting by the stars. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joan Hutcheson
This is a fantastic movie. Not only does it show the two stars at their best, but it features some other wonderful actors, including Angela Lansbury, Van Johnson and Adolphe... Read morePublished 8 months ago by BAM
Tracy and Hepburn are corny but great.
The directing is strong. Many of the political issues are still valid. Read more