Man with a Plan

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This article is about a 1996 independent satire. For other uses, see Man with a Plan (disambiguation).
Man With A Plan
Directed by John O'Brien
Produced by Richard Morse, John O'Brien, Molly O'Brien, Jack Rowell
Written by John O'Brien
Starring Fred Tuttle
Edited by John O'Brien
Release date
Running time
89 min
Country United States
Language English

Man With A Plan is an independently produced satire released in 1996, starring dairy farmer and actor Fred Tuttle as himself in a fictional story that finds him running for the U.S. House of Representatives. Since its release, it has remained a local cult classic in Vermont.[citation needed] Many details of the film can be read as poking fun at certain public figures and groups in Vermont; for example, Fred describes himself as being affiliated with the "Regressive Party," a clear reference to the Vermont Progressive Party. The fictional incumbent Representative William Blachly also bears a definite resemblance to Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy.[citation needed] Parts of the film also seem to satirize American politics, in ways that the voice-over narration makes explicit—for example, it is made very clear at the beginning of the film that Fred's main reason in running for office is that he lacks the skills, strength, and education for any other job that would be lucrative enough to pay his father's costly medical bills. It is also made obvious during the campaign section of the film that Fred's victory is entirely the result of his charisma and charm, rather than of any amount of political savvy or wisdom.

Tuttle would go on to run for office for real, for the United States Senate in 1998. He won the Republican nomination and eventually was defeated by Democratic incumbent Senator Patrick Leahy, whom Tuttle famously endorsed.

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