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The Seduction of Joe Tynan (2011)

Alan Alda , Meryl Streep , Jerry Schatzberg  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alan Alda, Meryl Streep, Barbara Harris, Rip Torn, Charles Kimbrough
  • Directors: Jerry Schatzberg
  • Writers: Alan Alda
  • Producers: Martin Bregman
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005ETAMFK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,131 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Alan Alda and Barbara Harris star with Academy Award winner Meryl Streep in The Seduction of Joe Tynan, the critically acclaimed hit about senator (Alda) with presidential ambitions and the price he has to pay. Joe Tynan is a decent, hardworking senator whose job in Washington keeps him away from his wife (Harris) and family. Matters become even more complicated when he begins to develop a relationship with a civil rights activist (Streep) in this political drama where power and principles, like love and marriage, collide.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Political Film Ever March 15, 2004
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This is the best political film ever made. Other films distort, simplify or just plain get wrong what federal politics is like at the highest levels. As one who used to work in the White House, I can tell you that this is the only film that understands and reveals what the game is really like.
This is the best film Alan Alda ever made, and Meryl Streep and Rip Torn are both very strong as well. This film MUST be reissued in DVD! Criterion Collection--are you listening? Please!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alan Alda'a finest hour in film July 20, 2005
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I first saw this film on late night tv in high school. It was the first film I ever saw that effectively conveyed the inner workings of washington politics- How things actually get done.

Its theme- What happens when idealism clashes with personal ambition? - is still relevant in these times. Joe Tynan will remind you of many politicians on the cusp of national prominence.

The film's plot entails a liberal U.S. Senator from New York who sees a political opportunity in leading the opposition to a controversial supreme court nominee. After he succeeds, it then explores the personal consequences of the higher political profile this action has brought.

Alan Alda (who wrote the script- his best- I don't how the same guy wrote "Betsy's Wedding")- gave a very nuanced, three dimensional performance as Joe Tynan. The character is a likeable, idealistic fellow being "seduced" ever so slowly by presidential ambition. How much is he willing to sacrifice for the ultimate prize?

This film should be required viewing for West Wing fans who'd like to see Mr. Alda in another political role.

Meryl Streep is excellent as Joe Tynan's colleague/lover. Look out for a subtle scene with Rip Torn. It is hysterical!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super-great October 2, 1999
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This overlooked gem may be both Streep and Alda's greatest film. As one to whom politics is both life and life's work, I can counsel you that this is one of the most realistic political films ever, not to mention one of the most enjoyable. See it and be convinced. Also, don't miss Rip Torn--I once worked for a Senator just like the character he plays!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest political satire/drama of all time January 25, 1999
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There is no doubt that this is a great movie. It engages its audience and provides them with an experience that will surely stand as a film that will inspire you to pull through the Doldrums of a hard day or if you're going through a difficult time in life, this will give you hope at the other end of the tunnel. It concerns a young liberal senator by the name of Joe Tynan (Alan Alda in his hreatest performance ever besides Hawkeye on M*A*S*H ) who has everything. A beautiful wife (Barbara Harris), children, and happiness. But he has a fling with his attractive female partner (Meryl Streep) and his life is literally going to fall apart. Eventually, his wife finds out and she learns to understand her husband's troubles and I feel, that at the resolution, she forgives him and gives him another chance. But there is fireworks between Joe and another senator friend because he testified against him in a case in which he lead just to earn him some publicity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why is there no DVD available? August 1, 2009
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This is a movie not just for Alan Alda and Maryl Streep admirers, but for anyone interested in American politics. Early work for both, it is nevertheless very nuanced. The themes seem to be timeless, both in politics and human relations. Thematically, like The Candidate, it's a wake-up call for everyone who may be "seduced" by power, fame and passion...and is this not everyone? As entertainment value, it's engaging, compelling, funny and disturbing, but ultimately hopeful. The mystery of why this hasn't been released in DVD is unexplainable....it's a great film, has timely relevance, and two major stars. What gives?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SEDUCTION OF JOE TYNON July 15, 2007
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I THOUGHT THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT PORTRAYAL OF POLITICS IN THE USA. ALAN ALDA WAS EXCELLENT AS ALWAYS BUT BARBARA HARRIS'S PERFORMANCE WAS TRULY
MAGNIFICENT. IF YOU LIKE MOVIES ABOUT POLITICS THIS WILL SUIT YOUR
FANCY.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seduction of Joe Tynan January 9, 2007
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One of Alan's first films after his appearance on MASH. He plays a US senator who lusts for Meryl Streep's character, a lobbyist from Louisiana. Meryl carries Alan in this film and you can tell Alda is learning to act for the big screen. In all it is a delightful film with a great supporting cast. (Barbara Harris)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The poster - reproduced on the VHS boxcover - for this 1979 political/romance drama is pretty interesting, with the faces of the three principals in a row, the central one unsmiling, and the words "There are many ways to be seduced. Fame. Power. Love. Joe Tynan knows them all."

It's kind of an interesting image, and certainly an evocative tagline, for what turns out unfortunately to be a problematic and only intermittently successful film. The ingredients are fine and surely must have boded well at the time: star/writer Alan Alda was still in the midst of his success on M*A*S*H and had starred in two of the bigger commercial and critical successes of the previous year, CALIFORNIA SUITE and SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR; costar Barbara Harris was a Tony winner, multiple Golden Globe nominee and Oscar nominee; Melvyn Douglas had won an Oscar and been nominated for another and was to win a second Oscar for BEING THERE in 1979, the same year this film was released; Rip Torn was making a name as a prominent character actor and eccentric lead; and then there was a young actress named Meryl Streep, who won her first Oscar in 1979 also. The director was Jerry Schatzberg, winner of the Palme d'or at Cannes in 1973 for SCARECROW and widely known for the gritty junkie drama PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK which had helped make Al Pacino a star. The music was by Bill Conti, Oscar nominee a couple of years earlier for the memorable theme song "Gonna Fly Now" from ROCKY.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Great movie when I saw it in the theatre, so when I saw it on DVD I grabbed myself a copy !
Published 3 months ago by NYB
2.0 out of 5 stars I didn't finish watching this
I wanted to watch this because I was certain is was about the seduction of power and greed and how well meaning people can be easily manipulated. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lma
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Political Story
The Seduction of Joe Tynan is a timeless peek into politics, and resonates strongly today. This movie depicts the journey of a decent, honest man who initially wants to change the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nature Rose
3.0 out of 5 stars Give 'Em Hell, Hawkeye!
New York Senator Joe Tynan(Alan Alda) probably has a perfect rating with the ACLU. Tynan is vulnerable to special interests, though. Read more
Published 11 months ago by David Baldwin
5.0 out of 5 stars seduction of joe tynan DVD
Given as gift to recipient who requested it. I have heard nothing negative about DVD. Maybe she asked for it because she liked it.
Published 14 months ago by Safety Czar
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT ...
Was pleased that tSOJT was as good as i'd remembered. The govenment politics-as-usual scenes were very educational and the dynamics between Alda and Steep were a matter of great... Read more
Published 15 months ago by steven flemin
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun to see once
I ordered this tape because I read about it in Alan Alda's autobiography, and wanted to see the movie. It was only so-so, but fun to see once.
Published 19 months ago by S. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Harris= superb!
I'll be honest I didn't watch this film for the political aspect nor did I watch it for Meryl Streep or Alan Alda although I do like them. Read more
Published 20 months ago by A. Matheson
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific film ...
This is one of Meryl Streep's early films and it is a masterpiece. It's the story of a married Senator who has an affair with a woman on the fringes of politics, while his wife, a... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Angela Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD found
I'd searched for this for some time. It arrived in perfect shape, packaged well, snd dvd played perfectly. very happy
Published 21 months ago by jrn
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