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The Second Civil War (1997)

TV Movie  -   -  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 <walt@dtcc.edu>

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It's not just a war anymore. It's a media event. See more »

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Rated R for language and some war violence | See all certifications »
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Executive producer Barry Levinson was originally supposed to direct the film, but had to bow out. See more »

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The President: [after deciding on a deadline that won't interfere with "All My Children"] It was almost half a century ago that another president , Dwight D. Eisenhower, found it necessary to use US troops to enforce the constitutional rights of the US government... If necessary I will do the same. I am therefore declaring a deadline of 67 and a half hours from now...
Alan Manieski: [In news room] 67 and a... WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?
The President: ...by which time the state of Idaho must comply with the constitutional prerogatives of these ...
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26 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the near future, a planeload of immigrant orphans are on their way to a charity facility in Idaho when the Governor of the state closes its borders and refuses them entry. This sparks a division of military forces, between states government's National Guard and federal government's Army, each hell bent on protecting their own version of the American Dream, as well as their media images. At the center of this Constitutional storm is a President unable to make a decision without checking with his advisers and referencing one of his predecessors, a Governor more interested in liaisons with his immigrant news reporter mistress than dealing with immigration laws, a newsroom where facts and truth balance with viewer shares, and a TV audience more interested in their favorite daytime soap opera. The Great American Melting Pot is about to uncivilly boil over.

This HBO black comedy is an excellent mix of political and news media parody, race relations satire, and morality tale. Wonderfully quirky, and sometimes deeply meaningful, dialogue. Characters run the gamut from dignified to loony. Performances from a large cast are all vibrant and spot on. A movie gem. Favorite Line(s): "Can't make an omelet without busting some sacred eggs. We're making history here and you ain't with us, are you?" "No I'm not." "You should be. Why not?" "Maybe because I'm a reporter, I ain't with anybody. Maybe because too many sacred eggs are getting busted. See, I rode the buses back in the 60s to bring people together. Pretty unfashionable now, isn't it?" "Your wife, she's Jewish, ain't she?" "You know, I forgot what she is, all I remember is that we met on the back of a bus." "I'm trying to remember the words to the Pledge of Allegiance. I said it a million times when I was a kid. Right now I can't seem to remember the words."


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