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Tanner ’88

Robert Altman

 
Tanner ’88 (Criterion DVD)

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2 Discs

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  • United States
  • 1988
  • 353 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #258

In 1988, renegade filmmaker Robert Altman and Pulitzer Prize–winning Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau created a presidential candidate, ran him alongside the other hopefuls during the primary season, and presented their media campaign as a cross between a soap opera and TV news. The result was the groundbreaking Tanner ’88, a piercing satire of media-age American politics, in which actors Michael Murphy (as contender Jack Tanner) and Cynthia Nixon (as his daughter) rub elbows on the campaign trail with real-life political players Jesse Jackson, Gary Hart, Bob Dole, Ralph Nader, Kitty Dukakis, and Gloria Steinem, among many others. The Criterion Collection is proud to present the complete eleven-episode television series—more relevant today than ever.

Cast

Jack TannerMichael Murphy
TJ CavanaughPamela Reed
Alex TannerCynthia Nixon
Hayes HaggertyKevin J. O’Connor
Stringer KincaidDaniel Jenkins
Emile BerkoffJim Fyfe
Deke ConnorsMatt Malloy
Andrea SpinelliIlana Levine
David SeidelmanRichard Cox
Molly HarkVeronica Cartwright
Stevie ChevalierSandra Bowie
Joanna BuckleyWendy Crewson
General John TannerE.G. Marshall
Frank GatlingFrank Barhydt

Credits

DirectorRobert Altman
ScreenplayGarry Trudeau
ProducerScott Bushnell
CinematographyJean Lepine
Art directionStephen Altman and Jerry Fleming
EditingSean-Michael Connor, Alison Ellwood, Mark Fish and Ruth Foster
Supervising film editorDorian Harris
Line producerMark Jaffee
Associate directorAllan Nichols
Associate producerMatthew Seig and Frank Barhydt
Political consultantSydney Blumenthal

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • Episode introductions featuring original cast members created for Sundance Channel’s 2004 broadcast of Tanner ’88
  • New video conversation between series creators Robert Altman and Garry Trudeau
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • PLUS: Essays by film critic Michael Wilmington and culture critic Gary Kornblau

    New cover by Steward Cauley

Film Essays

Tanner ’88: Robert Altman's Best, For Real

By Michael Wilmington October 04, 2004

Back in the early Nineties, Tanner ’88 was the movie Robert Altman generally cited as the best work of his career. He has revised his estimate since then, after 1993 often naming his Raymond . . . Read more »


Film Essays

On the Logic of Candidate Tanner

By Gary Kornblau October 04, 2004

Jack tanner, perhaps the most logically consistent presidential candidate ever to grace our fair nation’s airwaves, is blown in the bottle. Like a genie granting the wishes of all who fear that . . . Read more »

Clippings

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Film Essays

Tanner ’88: Robert Altman's Best, For Real

By Michael Wilmington October 04, 2004

Back in the early Nineties, Tanner ’88 was the movie Robert Altman generally cited as the best work of his career. He has revised his estimate since then, after 1993 often naming his Raymond . . . Read more »


Film Essays

On the Logic of Candidate Tanner

By Gary Kornblau October 04, 2004

Jack tanner, perhaps the most logically consistent presidential candidate ever to grace our fair nation’s airwaves, is blown in the bottle. Like a genie granting the wishes of all who fear that . . . Read more »