The Big Brass Ring

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The Big Brass Ring ★★½ 1999 (R)

Murky political drama based on an unproduced screenplay by Orson Welles. Ambitious William Blake Pellarin (Hurt) is a candidate for governor of Missouri but his ultimate goal is the presidency. However, an ugly scandal threatens his campaign, thanks to the appearance of Dr. Kimball Mennaker (Hawthorne), who's a little too close to the Pellarin family and knows about some skeletons even William isn't aware of. 104m/C VHS, DVD . William Hurt, Nigel Hawthorne, Miranda Richardson, Irene Jacob, Jefferson Mays, Ewan Stewart, Ron Livingston, Gregg Henry; D: George Hickenlooper; W: George Hickenlooper, F.X. Feeney; C: Kramer Morgenthau; M: Thomas Morse.