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Great Syrup Combo
This is a a well produced and directed play with many of the finest actors and well written dialog. It is a great combination for the creation of meaningless Hollywood style propaganda syrup.
State of the Union
- AB Williams
Why, Oh why is not this movie being shown more often?Spencer Tracy has a catalog second to none, but this movie will help those now a days know Spenser as more than an iconic trivia game show question.Come on TCM !!!
- JM Dempsey
I like "State of the Union" a lot; Hepburn can be adorable when she wants to be. However, Tracy's speech about one world government ... all I can say is, I hope you like that government, because if you don't, there's nowhere else to go.
Some things never change
- Jeff Boston
I've seen ten Capra movies and eight Tracy movies, and "State of the Union" is typical work of Capra (populist) and Tracy (preachy). A campaigner compromising his ideals to get elected will always be a contemptuous reality and a compelling story. Good drama. Super liberal Tracy and Hepburn as Republicans, and Hollywood making one of its first of many anti-Republican films in an presidential election years (this one in 1948). Bad comedy.
Spenser Tracy should have gotten an Academy Award!
I watched this movie last night and was riveted by the slick dialog and excellent acting by Hepburn and Tracy. I agree with another reviewer who said that Hepburn was less "refined" in this roll compared to some of her other rolls, and I found that very refreshing. I especially enjoyed Tracy's speech at the end where he is telling the radio/television audience that he is not worthy of any nomination, much less to be the president of the United States. I thought the energy he put into this speech make the whole movie and was possibly the best performance I had ever witnessed from Spenser Tracy. If only politicians were only this honest!
- Steve S.
For my money, this is one of those "almost perfect" film's, thanks to Mr. Capra and company (what a script).Hepburn & Tracy have this acting/chemistry thing down to a science.Van Johnson as "Spike" is just wonderful as the comic relief and Adolphe Menjou is his usaul glorious self.Ms. Lansbury provides with a good "heavy"; you know, someone you love to hate.And in the end, all is well with the world.A must see motion picture!
FORGOTTEN TRACY-HEPBURN GEM!
One of the least known Tracy-Hepburn pairings and my all-time favorite! Just excellent - everyone in it - from start to finish. Highly recommend it to anyone who likes political films, Tracy, Hepburn, Van Johnson, Angela Lansbury, Adolph Menjou and especially Frank Capra. Not a false note. Character parts perfect too. My sister - who thought she'd seen EVERY Spence-Kate film - never heard of it when I recommended it. And loved it too. I was delighted to finally find it on DVD and bought one right away. Watch and enjoy. It'll getcha.