State of the Union

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Released 1948

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Director:
Frank Capra
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1948
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State of the Union is a 1948 drama directed by three-time Academy Award winner Frank Capra, best known for the film, "It's a Wonderful Life." The film follows idealistic businessman Grant Matthews (Spencer Tracy) who is persuaded to run for President of the United States by his lover, Kay Thorndyke (Angela Lansbury). Matthews elicits the help of his estranged wife, Mary (Katherine Hepburn), who agrees to support him because she believes in his brand of idealism and honesty. As the campaign progresses, however, Matthews plain speaking style runs him afoul of his handlers. In a speech in Wichita, Kansas, he denounces big labor. Before he has the chance to denounce big business in a speech in Detroit, Thorndyke persuades him to moderate his tone. As Matthews moves closer and closer to election day, he begins making deals with special interest groups to obtain their support. In the end, however, it is Mary who forces him to look at himself before it is too late.moreless
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