Advise and Consent | Chicago Reader

Advise and Consent

139 minutes 2013

Otto Preminger, with his fine legal eye, deftly sorts the issues in this intelligent, shapely 1962 adaptation of Allen Drury's overstuffed novel. Preminger moves among a number of Washington stories—the nomination of a secretary of state (Henry Fonda), the blackmailing of a young senator (Don Murray), the vanquishing of a southern demagogue (Charles Laughton)—with impeccable grace, balancing the plot strands just as he balances his Panavision frames. With Walter Pidgeon, Lew Ayres, Burgess Meredith, Gene Tierney, Franchot Tone, and Will Geer.

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