The Second Civil War (1997)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  15 March 1997 (USA)
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A simple immigration issue spins wildly out of control for those involved, ranging from the President of the United States, to a news producer.



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An interesting story about a future United States where immigration has gone too far. Through a series of mishaps and mayhem several state 'militias' assist Idaho in order to protect them from the LONG ARM of the Federal government. Written by Walt Adkins <>

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A very uncivil comedy See more »


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Rated R for language and some war violence | See all certifications »





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15 March 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La segunda guerra civil  »

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Executive producer Barry Levinson was originally supposed to direct the film, but had to bow out. See more »


Chief of Staff: In Florida, only 38 percent are in favor of strong action. Most of them are over the age of 75; statistically, most of them will be dead by the next election.
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References M*A*S*H: Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen (1983) See more »

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Excellent points raised regarding immigration and national identity
9 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie raises a number of excellent points about retaining ethnic identities in a world of melting point political rectitude gone wild. It shows that every ethnic group in the WORLD has formed a special interest political faction in the US, but when the citizens in Idaho say, enough, we like our OWN national identity, war is declared. A number of GREAT quotes and sound bites! Overall plot edgy and unpredictable. Played for a few laughs, but all in all quite a serious treatment of this issue, even more relevant today (2005) than it was when issued. It must be seen in the context of what was going on at the time, specifically, the later half of the Clinton presidency. A blatant ripoff of the ideas in "The Turner Diaries", right down to using the same states and caricatures of certain ethnic groups, without, of course, giving any credit to the original material, but well worth watching, and a worthy companion piece to the book.

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