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Tanner '88 - Criterion Collection
Tanner '88 - Criterion Collection
Actors: Michael Murphy, Pamela Reed, Daniel Jenkins, Matt Malloy, Ilana Levine
Genres: Comedy, Television
NR     2004     5hr 53min

During the 1988 presidential campaign, Democratic hopefuls spiritedly canvass the country, jostle for their party?s nomination and the honor of opposing Republican Vice President George Bush, when Senator Jack Tanner sudde...  more »


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Actors: Michael Murphy, Pamela Reed, Daniel Jenkins, Matt Malloy, Ilana Levine
Creators: Frank Barhydt, Jean LÚpine, Alison Ellwood, Garry Trudeau, Mark Jaffee, Matthew Seig, Robert Altman, Zennia M. Barahona
Genres: Comedy, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Comedy
Studio: Criterion
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 10/05/2004
Original Release Date: 01/01/1988
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1988
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 5hr 53min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 11
Edition: Criterion Collection
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Still Relevant
Cubist | United States | 10/22/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Just in time for the November U.S. elections, the good folks at Criterion have released Robert Altman's little-seen (yet influential) Tanner '88, an eleven-episode mini-series that he created with Gary Trudeau (of Doonesbury fame). Done for then fledgling HBO and shot on video, it was an attempt to critique and satirize the political landscape in America at the time. Sixteen years later, it is still relevant.

The Sundance Channel bought the rights to Tanner '88 and ran the entire series earlier this year. They brought back Altman, Trudeau, and key cast members to record brand new intros for each episode. Tanner is now a university professor who reflects, with some bitter resentment, on that fateful bid for the Oval Office.

There is also a fantastic 20-minute conversation between Altman and Trudeau. It's a spirited conversation with Trudeau being quite animated and Altman flattered by the former's gushing praise.

Tanner '88 is not just a fascinating snapshot of American politics in the late `80s. It holds up today because a lot of the same things are being said and a lot of the same things are being done. The people are still at the mercy of these double-talking politicians and Altman and Trudeau's series zeroes in on this with absolute clarity. Despite its limited run when initially broadcast, it went on to inspire Tim Robbins' scathing Republican satire, Bob Roberts and Steven Soderbergh's short-lived TV show, K Street, which also mixed actors with real politicians (and was also green-lighted HBO). This is a timely release well worth a look."
Tanner is for real
canuhearmenow? | Virginia | 11/26/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Tanner is an odd bird, it hasn't aged quite as well as i thought it would...yet it remains interesting and sometimes fascinating. The performances are all over the place, sometimes great (Micheal Murphy especially) and sometimes alomst cartoonish...this could be a result of the writing...Trudeau is a cartoonist after all. Being taped on video gives it an odd look as well. Still i watched the whole thing in one sitting and wanted it gets 4 stars. (the interview with Altman and Trudeau is a nice plus)"
Robert Altman's Mockumentary MASTERPIECE
Rhett S. Dugstad | St. Paul, MN | 07/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of the most important things Alman's done. Which is probably why it's one of his favorites along with MASH and NASHVILLE and SHORT CUTS. It is a political satire set in the '88 presidential election. It has everything and more, even a sequal, Tanner On Tanner. Very smart and sophisticated. CHECH IT OUT NOW!!!!!!"
Really Good for the historical political junkie
Eugene McGoverm | Story City, IA | 10/25/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A remnent of the days of George H (!) W Bush, Ronnie (cut down trees to save the enviroment) Reagan, and Michael "As the son of Greek Immigrants" Dukakis, it is a funny and interesting start to the mockumentary buisness.
it hasn't aged all that well, and frankly, it's overly comical, but nontheless very interesting"