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The President's Mistress

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 1978
  • John Llewellyn Moxey
  • 94 mins
  • PG

Summary

Mystery thriller starring Beau Bridges. A government employee investigates the death of his sister and uncovers her affair with the President, along with evidence that she was a Soviet agent.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

A fresh-faced Beau Bridges heads an unconvincing cast in this creaky and slow-moving 1970s TV movie, in which he plays a US government courier embroiled in a deadly cover-up involving the US President. Mirroring the stilted performances of his co-stars, he behaves increasingly irrationally as he investigates far-fetched events relating to his sister (played by Little House on the Prairie's Karen Grassle) - the titular secret mistress. Deceit, espionage and murder are all part of the book-based mix, but the film's disjointed composition and unnatural dialogue and acting mean these theoretically juicy elements lack impact, particularly in the dull climax. Ultimately, the best thing about the project is its atmospheric Lalo Schifrin score, and look out for Larry Hagman in a small, pre-Dallas role as an unscrupulous White House aide.

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Credits

Cast

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Ben MortonBeau Bridges
Margaret "Mugsy" EvansSusan Blanchard
Ed MurphyLarry Hagman
Jim GilkrestJoel Fabiani
CraigDon Porter
Donna MortonKaren Grassle
Gwen BowersGail Strickland
Lieutenant GordonThalmus Rasulala

Crew

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DirectorJohn Llewellyn Moxey

Details

Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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