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The Second Civil War (1997)

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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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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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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and some war violence | See all certifications »
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15 March 1997 (USA)  »

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La segunda guerra civil  »

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Dan Hedaya and Kevin Dunn previously appeared in Nixon (1995). See more »

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Governor of Idaho: Politics is just another form of sex.
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References Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955) See more »

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Timely political farce
22 February 2006 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

A funny, old-fashioned political farce set in an up-to-the-minute situation. An aggressive woman who heads an organization to "save the children" plans to move Pakistani orphans to Idaho. The governor of that state (Beau Bridges) decides to play to anti-immigrant sentiment by saying he will close the borders against further immigration.

The American President (Phil Hartman) is a simpleton who managed by his political adviser (James Coburn). They're only interested in re-election, and are perfectly willing to resort to civil war to make it happen.

A CNN-like news organization, "NN", which employs a rainbow of immigrants, and whose announcer is James Earl Jones, plays the potential conflict for all the advertising dollars it's worth.

The governor (Beau Bridges) is really much more interested in his affair with a Mexican American reporter for "NN", and she seems to be the only person aware of the irony.


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