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The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)




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Alan Alda wrote and starred in this tale about a big-time politician's struggles with his own morality and the corruption he finds surrounding him. He plays a U.S. Senator, Joe Tynan, who falls for a lovely lady attorney and has an affair that jeopardizes his marriage, and possibly, his career.


Alan Alda
as Joe Tynan
Barbara Harris
as Ellie Tynan
Meryl Streep
as Karen Traynor
Melvyn Douglas
as Sen. Birney
Rip Torn
as Sen. Kittner
Carrie Nye
as Aldena Kittner
Michael Higgins
as Sen. Pardew
Adam Ross
as Paul Tynan
Maureen Anderman
as Joe's Secretary
John Badila
as Reporter on TV
Robert Christian
as Arthur Briggs
Maurice Copeland
as Edward Anderson
Lu Elrod
as Congresswoman at Party
Merv Griffin
as Himself
Marian Hailey-Moss
as Sheila Lerner
Dan Hedaya
as Alex Heller
Bill Moor
as Barry Traynor
Ronald Hunter
as TV News Director
Walter Klavun
as Waldorf MC
Norman La Rochelle
as Oscar Harris
Charles Levin
as John Cairn
Ron Menchine
as Sen. Aikers
M.B. Miller
as Reporter Tom
Novella Nelson
as Carla Willis
Stephen D. Newman
as Congressman Wayne Tiler
Marian Hailey
as Sheila Lerner
Peter Henry Schroeder
as Ned (The Senator)
Wyman Pendleton
as Dick Harman
Don Plumley
as Clerk at Golf Resort
Frederick Rolf
as Harvard Professor
Peter Schroeder
as Ned the Senator
William Shust
as Ned Townes
Martha Sherrill
as Woman at Golf Resort
Ben Slack
as Man in T-Shirt
Leon B. Stevens
as Sen. Hamer
Suzanne Stone
as Reporter
Kay Todd
as Woman at Party
Nathan Wilansky
as Senate Clerk
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Critic Reviews for The Seduction of Joe Tynan

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Schatzberg directs the film with a sleek yet relaxed precision that mirrors Joe's own breezy confidence.

April 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Alan Alda and Meryl Streep shine in this political drama, now out in a smart Blu-ray edition, that is still relevant with its parable about the temptations of power.

January 24, 2022 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Alda's dialogue often sparkles, and grade-A performances dominate the film.

December 25, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

But it's Barbara Harris that truly shines in this film. She's remarkably nuanced, and her performance feels as fresh today as it must have back in 1979, which is no easy feat. Her final moment is a triumph of ambiguity.

December 23, 2021 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The best reason for seeing Joe Tynan is Meryl Streep.

July 19, 2019 | Full Review…

An ill-advised and mostly dull drama...

January 17, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Seduction of Joe Tynan

Strong drama of morals and ambition. Alda does very well in the lead providing a strong center to the picture and he's aided by two superior actresses, one on the way up Meryl Streep and the other Barbara Harris always under appreciated. Meryl is vulnerable and appealing but Barbara Harris is the treasure, giving the film's best performance and providing the heart that would be missing with her contribution. Also notable is Melvyn Douglas giving another of the marvelous supporting performances that were a staple of the twilight of his career.

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