The Best Man

The Best Man

Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner • 1964 • United States
Starring Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, Lee Tracy

Gore Vidal scripted this biting adaptation of his own caustic stage play, which remains one of the most cynical—and eternally relevant—looks at the down-and-dirty sideshow that is the American electoral process ever written. Henry Fonda stars as idealistic presidential hopeful William Russell, whose campaign for his party’s nomination is challenged by the unscrupulous Joe Cantwell (Cliff Robertson). When each turns up damaging personal information on the other, it’s only a matter of how low they’re willing to go in the pursuit of power.

The Best Man
  • The Best Man

    Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner • 1964 • United States
    Starring Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, Lee Tracy

    Gore Vidal scripted this biting adaptation of his own caustic stage play, which remains one of the most cynical—and eternally relevant—looks at the down-and-dirty sideshow that is the Americ...