Mr. Carter Goes to Washington

Journal of Popular Film & Television, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 57-67, Summer 1997

11 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2008 Last revised: 17 Jul 2012

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Allen Rostron

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law

Date Written: Summer 1997

Abstract

Jimmy Carter's presidency began like Frank Capra's "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939), as the tale of an idealistic and innocent outsider making his way from a huble small town to the nation's capital. Following that promising beginning, disappointment and frustration followed. The story of Carter's undoing found reflection in several films of that era, particularly "...And Justice for All" (1979), "The Seduction of Joe Tynan" (1979), and "Brubaker" (1980). Each concerns an idealistic hero whose uncompromised good intentions cannot prosper. These films capture a unique period when events tested America's enduring belief in the efficacy of virtue.

Keywords: President, Jimmy Carter, Watergate, Frank Capra, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 1970s, And Justice for All, The Seduction of Joe Tynan, Brubaker, Politics, Government, Idealism, Corruption, Robert Redford, Al Pacino, Alan Alda

Suggested Citation

Rostron, Allen K., Mr. Carter Goes to Washington (Summer 1997). Journal of Popular Film & Television, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 57-67, Summer 1997. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1150826

Allen K. Rostron (Contact Author)

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law ( email )

5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
United States

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