The Seduction of Joe Tynan

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The Seduction of Joe Tynan ★★½ 1979 (R)

Political drama about a young senator (Alda) torn between his family, his political career, and his mistress (Streep). Alda also wrote the thin screenplay, which reportedly is loosely based on the remarkable life of Ted Kennedy. Relatively shallow treatment of the meaty themes of power, hypocrisy, sex, and corruption in our nation's capital. 107m/C VHS . Alan Alda, Meryl Streep, Melvyn Douglas, Barbara Harris, Rip Torn; D: Jerry Schatzberg; W: Alan Alda; M: Bill Conti. L.A. Film Critics '79: Support. Actor (Douglas), Support. Actress (Streep); Natl. Bd. of Review '79: Support. Actress (Streep); N.Y. Film Critics '79: Support. Actress (Streep); Natl. Soc. Film Critics '79: Support. Actress (Streep).