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      State of the Union

      Released Apr 30, 1948 2 hr. 4 min. Comedy Drama List
      80% 5 Reviews Tomatometer 79% 500+ Ratings Audience Score Aircraft tycoon Grant Matthews (Spencer Tracy) is goaded into running for president by his politically ambitious longtime girlfriend, newspaper publisher Kay Thorndyke (Angela Lansbury). At the suggestion of unscrupulous campaign manager Spike McManus (Van Johnson), Matthews reunites with his long-estranged wife, Mary (Katharine Hepburn), for the sake of appearances. But when the idealistic Mary learns of Kay's behind-the-scenes role, it throws the entire campaign into turmoil. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Feb 20 Buy Now

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      Audience Member especially during this time in our nation's history everyone should watch this movie and listen very very carefully. It draws quite a few parallels to what is actually happening here in the u.s. today. It gives us a clear indication of the paths we should all, as Americans, be seeking today. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member The best comedy movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review ashley h State of the Union is an excellent film. It is about an industrialist is urged to run for President. Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, and Angela Lansbury give amazing performances. The screenplay is well written. Frank Capra did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of humor and drama. State of the Union is a must see. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member GOP and Dem Debates? Done! This State of the Union is more fun. Hepburn, Tracy, Lansbury, Van Johnson, and Adolphe Menjou directed by Frank Capra. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member not the best hepburn/tracy pairing but not the worse either Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review s r One that should be more popular. A gradual build up to a fantastic climax. Inspirational. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Dan Callahan Slant Magazine The shock of State of the Union, Capra's last movie in a political vein, is its technical sloppiness. Rated: 1.5/4 Aug 23, 2006 Full Review Eve Tushnet Patheos It's a pleasure to watch because of the talent on display-and, this is me so let's be real, because its climactic scene is about the joys of public self-abasement. Mar 3, 2019 Full Review Rich Cline Shadows on the Wall sassy, sparky, hilarious Rated: 4/5 Apr 20, 2008 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 1, 2005 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) So-so political comedy reflects lesser work by all. Rated: 3/5 Mar 2, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Aircraft tycoon Grant Matthews (Spencer Tracy) is goaded into running for president by his politically ambitious longtime girlfriend, newspaper publisher Kay Thorndyke (Angela Lansbury). At the suggestion of unscrupulous campaign manager Spike McManus (Van Johnson), Matthews reunites with his long-estranged wife, Mary (Katharine Hepburn), for the sake of appearances. But when the idealistic Mary learns of Kay's behind-the-scenes role, it throws the entire campaign into turmoil.
      Director
      Frank Capra
      Screenwriter
      Anthony Veiller, Myles Connolly
      Production Co
      Liberty Films
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 30, 1948, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 12, 2014
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