Cinema: Presidential Folly

HAIL! TO THE CHIEF Directed by FRED LEVINSON Screenplay by LARRY SPIEGEL and PHIL DUSENBERRY

A satiric thriller about presidential conniving and conspiracy in Washington? Two years ago, when Hail! to the Chief was made, no distributor would touch it; the movie seemed to fall somewhere between poor taste and treason. Now, post-Watergate, it has had no trouble finding a distributor; it seems to fall somewhere between poor taste and topicality. Moral: for some moviemakers, it is safer to be accused of quickie exploitation than of insight or prophecy.

Chief is structured, rather cleverly,...

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