Television: Moscow on the Hustings

Spinning Boris makes unlikely heroes of the pols who brought American electioneering to Russia

There are probably characters more difficult to make into movie heroes than political consultants--paparazzi? Jackson siblings?--but none so timely. Every four years, we hear how polls and pandering have cheapened democracy. But if giving the people what they want with scientific precision is not democracy, what is? This is the question raised--and not glibly answered--by the sharp Showtime movie Spinning Boris (March 14, 8 p.m. E.T.).

George Gorton (Jeff Goldblum), Dick Dresner (Anthony LaPaglia) and Joe Shumate (Liev Schreiber) have just left the 1996 presidential campaign of Republican California Governor Pete Wilson. Idle and itchy, they get a call seeking...

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