Young U.S. senator Joe Tynan (Alan Alda, who scripted) is persuaded by cagey lobbyist Karen Traynor (Meryl Streep) to withdraw his support for a Supreme Court nominee with a segregationist past. While the move raises his national profile and ambitions, it also leads to an affair with Traynor, jeopardizing Tynan's union with his loving but overtaxed wife (Barbara Harris). Potent political tale co-stars Rip Torn, Melvyn Douglas. 107 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.