Tanner '88

Season 1
 (23)
7.91988NR
In 1988, Robert Altman and Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau created a presidential candidate and ran him alongside the other hopefuls during the primary season. The result, Tanner '88, was a groundbreaking satire of American politics, in which actors Michael Murphy and Cynthia Nixon rub elbows with real-life political players Jesse Jackson, Bob Dole, and Ralph Nader, among many others.
Starring
Mchael MurphyPamela ReedCynthia Nixon
Genres
ComedyDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. The Dark Horse
    February 12, 1988
    60min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Congressman Jack Tanner prepares for the New Hampshire primary.
  2. 2. For Real
    March 14, 1988
    32min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tanner's presidential campaign gains momentum with a new television commercial and publicity from an assassination attempt.
  3. 3. The Night of the Twinkies
    April 12, 1988
    32min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tanner seeks the African American vote.
  4. 4. Moonwalker and Bookbag
    May 2, 1988
    31min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tanner and his daughter acclimate to the presence of their new Secret Service security.
  5. 5. Bagels with Bruce
    May 16, 1988
    31min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    At odds with the rest of Tanner's campaign, media manager Stringer weighs his options.
  6. 6. Child's Play
    June 6, 1988
    31min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tanner makes a number of appearances and gets image tips from an ex-member of the Dukakis campaign.
  7. 7. The Great Escape
    June 20, 1988
    32min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tanner's comments on drugs invite controversy.
  8. 8. The Girlfriend Factor
    July 11, 1988
    32min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The campaign becomes hostile to the reporter who broke the story on Tanner's romantic life.
  9. 9. Something Borrowed, Something New
    July 17, 1988
    32min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tanner and Joanna's wedding plans go awry.
  10. 10. The Boiler Room
    August 11, 1988
    32min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Reeling from their respective losses at the Democratic National Convention, the Tanner and Jackson campaigns make their last-ditch plays.
  11. 11. The Reality Check
    August 22, 1988
    31min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Having lost the Democratic nomination, Tanner ponders running as a third candidate.

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Directors
Robert Altman
Supporting actors
Kevin J. O'ConnorDaniel Jenkins
Producers
Scott Bushnell
Season year
1988
Network
The Criterion Collection
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KGReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
The strengths finally overwhelm the flaws
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This has that Altman mix; often brilliant, and occasionally over the-top,
and self conscious. The acting is generally good, but a little uneven.
Some characters are very real, others come off as pure caricature. The
series felt longer than it needed to be to make its points. The middle
episodes were a bit boring.

(Spoiler alert!)

But then there's the episode where Tanner goes into the hood and meets
w/real mothers of murdered kids, in a lengthy improvised scene of pain and
anger which is simply devastating, and the whole series felt redeemed.

Overall, while watching it, I liked it, not loved it. But looking back,
it left me with a much more powerful and lasting impression. And on
2nd viewing the sad power of the piece seemed much more important
than the occasional flaws.
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canuhearmenow?Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars
Tanner is for real
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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 more...so it gets 4 stars. (the interview with Altman and Trudeau is a nice plus)
7 people found this helpful
Eugene McGovermReviewed in the United States on October 25, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
Really Good for the historical political junkie
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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
2 people found this helpful
Rhett S. DugstadReviewed in the United States on July 10, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars
Robert Altman's Mockumentary MASTERPIECE
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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!!!!!!
7 people found this helpful
Tommy WeirReviewed in the United States on June 7, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ahead of it's time
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Script by Gary Trudeau, directed by Robert Altman, shot on video with a small crew, improvising around real life Democratic Convention, bringing in real people from media and politics. And with a candidate, Jack Tanner, who was remarkably prescient of Clinton. The campaign slogan "For Real" had it's tongue firmly in it's cheek. All well ahead of the pack in terms of reality tv, dogme films and it's undertanding of the media.
Truly Excellent. I hope they do it justice in the DVD release.
13 people found this helpful
TAReviewed in the United States on October 17, 2016
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Five Stars
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Robert Altman and Gary Trudeau - its great.
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ZarathustraReviewed in the United States on May 6, 2010
3.0 out of 5 stars
Chris Mathews Would Love It
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But not me. I agree with Jim. 353 minutes of politics is too much for me. This HBO special is for the political junkie only.
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Patsy JohnsonReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2014
1.0 out of 5 stars
One Star
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I don't understand.
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