The Seduction of Joe Tynan

"What drives a man to his limits... the power of love or the love of power?"
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The Seduction of Joe Tynan is a political drama film that was written by and stars Alan Alda. The story is loosely based upon the life of Senator Ted Kennedy. Directed by Jerry Schatzberg for Universal Studios, the cast includes Barbara Harris as Ellie Tynan, Meryl Streep as Karen Traynor, Rip Torn as Senator Kittner, Melvyn Douglas as Senator Birney, Charles Kimbrough as Francis, Carrie Nye as Aldena Kittner, and Michael Higgins as Senator Pardew.

The story follows liberal New York senator, Joe Tynan, considered to be the next possible presidential candidate by many. He has a very busy schedule that keeps him within the public's view.

He lives in Westchester, with wife of 19 years, Ellie and their two kids. However, Ellie feels very neglected. His eldest daughter, Janet (played by Blanche Baker) is very troubled and has been showing many signs of self-destruction. Her mother tries to sort it all out, but gets little assistance from her husband.

Despite the fact that Joe is already absent from home a lot and very busy with his own career, he is asked to lead an opposition to a Supreme Court appointment. He is passionate about his involvement in the opposition and ready to lead the charge.

Senator Birney is Joe's mentor in Washington and requests that he not oppose the southern Supreme Court nominee. However, Tynan discovers that the judge is a racist, which directly conflicts with his liberal views. As a result, he cannot do as his mentor has asked and must oppose his appointment.

He was informed of the racial issues through labor lawyer, Karen Traynor, a vulnerable woman with a great deal of sensitivity. Joe becomes very attracted to her as a result and they have a torrid affair during the hearing. This serves to put even more strain on his life and marriage, though his wife is up for the challenge.

| 1979 | 1 hr 47 min | 6.0/10
Alan Alda, Barbara Harris, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn
Jerry Schatzberg
Produced By
Martin Bregman
The Seduction of Joe Tynan
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