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The Best Man (1964)

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102 min | Drama

The two front runners for their party's presidential nomination, one principled and the other ruthless, vie for the former President's endorsement.
Director
Franklin J. Schaffner (as Franklin Schaffner)
Writer
Gore Vidal (screenplay)
Cinematographer
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Robert Swink (as Robert E. Swink)
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Updated Apr 6, 1964

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Apr 6, 1964 (United States)

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William Russell William Russell   See fewer
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Cliff Robertson
Joe Cantwell Joe Cantwell   See fewer
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Edie Adams
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Margaret Leighton
Alice Russell Alice Russell   See fewer
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Lee Tracy
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Richard Arlen
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7.7 / 10 | 2,650 votes