Oddly overlooked effort is a pretty clever satire that may be more relevant today than when it was made. The convoluted plot can be tricky, and the production values are a bit bland (Brooks does a great job as a writer, but as a director he could have exercised more visual flair) - but the cast is strong, and it takes a number of sharp, compelling jabs at politics and the media. Worth seeking out.
Like William Dieterle and John Brahm, Richard Brooks is almost wholly forgotten nowadays. He deserves way better than that. He was a real American writer/director whose filmography is impressive. Here's a satire that, more than 30 years later, is still relevant. Highly recommended.
Not a very good film, but ahead of its time in its take on media and politics. A bit of the Strangelove/Network vibe without the inspiration. Worth it for the scene in which Connery defienty throws away the toupee he's been wearing the whole film.