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State Of The Union [DVD] [1948]

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  • Actors: Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy
  • Directors: Frank Capra
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Mar. 2006
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000E5KPIS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,098 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Frank Capra directs Spender Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in this classic satirical comedy. Tracy plays Grant Matthews, a prospective candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, backed by his mistress, newspaper mogul Kay Thorndyke (Angela Lansbury). In order to present a more wholesome image, Matthews convinces his estranged wife Mary (Hepburn) to pose as his devoted spouse. Mary agrees because she thinks he might make a good president, but when Matthews corrupts his principles for votes, Mary realises she has made a mistake. Only when Matthews publicly admits his dishonesty does he prove himself worthy of Mary's respect - and her love.

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State of the Union is somewhat better as a Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn movie than it is as a Frank Capra picture. No doubt about it, these are two good roles for the smitten stars: Tracy is a self-made businessman reluctantly drafted into a dark-horse presidential candidacy; Hepburn is his estranged but whip-smart wife, who joins him on the campaign trail. Adding intrigue is the newspaper heiress (played with relish by baby-faced Angela Lansbury) who's the cause of their marital problems. She's also the one who convinces a longtime political horse-trader (Adolphe Menjou) to take up the campaign--which leads to a series of compromises for the candidate.

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


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