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73 Ratings

The Last Hurrah

Directed by John Ford
United States, 1958


Aging political boss Frank Skeffington tries to get reelected as mayor of an unnamed town one last time in the changing world of the 1950s, when television started to play a bigger role in the political process.

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The Last Hurrah Directed by John Ford

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

1958 | 3 wins including: Best Director

BAFTA Awards

1959 | Nominee: Best Foreign Actor

Critics reviews

A fascinating film to watch during election season, The Last Hurrah(58) reminds us just how much of campaigning is political theater. We don’t need director John Ford or screenwriter Frank Nugent to tell us that charisma counts for more than policy on the stump, but seeing a veteran actor take on the role of statesman affords a sense of balance in times when the inverse dominates the airwaves—and shows how actorly control (or calculated lack of it) undergirds every discerning campaign.
March 28, 2016
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