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Election -- Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde) is Tracy Flick, a straight "A" go-getter who's determined to be president of Carver High's student body. But when popular teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick, The Producers) observes the zealous political locomotive that is Tracy, he decides to derail her obsessive overachieving by recruiting an opposition candidate (Chris Klein, American Pie) - with disastrous results! Here's a smart, witty and hilarious jab at high school politics helmed by award-winning director Alexander Payne (Sideways).


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Reading, Writing, Revenge.
A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Matthew Broderick ... Jim McAllister

Reese Witherspoon ... Tracy Flick

Chris Klein ... Paul Metzler

Jessica Campbell ... Tammy Metzler

Mark Harelik ... Dave Novotny

Phil Reeves ... Walt Hendricks

Molly Hagan ... Diane McAllister

Delaney Driscoll ... Linda Novotny

Colleen Camp ... Judith R. Flick

Frankie Ingrassia ... Lisa Flanagan

Matt Malloy ... Vice-Principal Ron Bell

Jeanine Jackson ... Jo Metzler

Holmes Osborne ... Dick Metzler
Loren Nelson ... Custodian
Emily Martin ... Girl in Crisis
Jonathan Marion ... Derek - Classroom Student
Amy Falcone ... Michelle - Classroom Student
Matt Justesen ... 'Eat Me' Boy
Nick Kenny ... 'Eat Me' Boy's Buddy
B.J. Tobin ... Adult Video Actor (as Brian Tobin)
Christa Young ... Adult Video Actress

David Wenzel ... Eric
Joel Parks ... Jerry Slavin
Larry Kaiser ... Chemistry Teacher
Marilyn Tipp ... Carver Office Lady
Jeannie Brayman ... Faculty Ballot-Giver

Nicholas D'Agosto ... Larry Fouch (as Nick D'Agosto)
James Devney ... Motel Clerk
L. Carmen Novoa ... Spanish Teacher
Jason Paige ... Kid in Georgetown Hall
Matt Golden ... Kid in Georgetown Hall
Heather Koenig ... Kid in Georgetown Hall
Jillian Crane ... Jillian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kaitlin Ferrell ... Jennifer (uncredited)
Rob Kunkel ... Bob the Mechanic (uncredited)
John Ponzio ... Georgetown Student (uncredited)

Rohan Quine ... Village Guy (uncredited)
Joseph William Simmons ... Boy Tapping Pencil in Classroom (uncredited)
Sarah Talcott ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Alexander Payne 
Writing credits
Tom Perrotta (novel)

Alexander Payne (screenplay) &
Jim Taylor (screenplay)

Produced by
Albert Berger .... producer
Jim Burke .... co-producer
David Gale .... producer
Jacobus Rose .... co-producer
Keith Samples .... producer
Van Toffler .... executive producer
Ron Yerxa .... producer
Original Music by
Rolfe Kent 
Cinematography by
James Glennon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Kevin Tent 
Casting by
Lisa Beach 
Production Design by
Jane Ann Stewart 
Art Direction by
T.K. Kirkpatrick  (as Tim Kirkpatrick)
Set Decoration by
Renee Davenport 
Costume Design by
Wendy Chuck 
Makeup Department
Denise Fischer .... hair stylist
Nicki Ledermann .... makeup artist: New York and Washington
Emjay Olson .... assistant hair stylist
Emjay Olson .... assistant makeup artist
Kyra Panchenko .... hair stylist: New York/Washington
James Ryder .... makeup department head
Cass McClure .... prosthetics technician (uncredited)
Production Management
Alysse Bezahler .... unit production manager: New York and Washington
Victor Ho .... unit production manager
Pamela Winn-Barnett .... post-production supervisor (as Pamela Winn Barnett)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Randy N. Barbee .... first assistant director: New York and Washington (as Randy Barbee)
Lucia Burns .... second assistant director: New York and Washington
Marc Garland .... second assistant director: New York and Washington
Sean McCarron .... first assistant director: second unit (as Sean McCarren)
Sean McCarron .... second assistant director
Shari Nicotero .... second assistant director: second unit (as Shari Hanger)
Shari Nicotero .... second second assistant director (as Shari Hanger)
George Parra .... first assistant director
George Parra .... second unit director
Art Department
Tyndall Arrasmith .... set decorator: New York and Washington
Brian Beacom .... paint foreperson
Nathan Carlson .... graphic artist
Jack Clowers .... lead person
Wes Clowers .... construction coordinator
Denise Davenport .... set dresser
Al Griggs .... set intern
Linda Krantz .... property master: New York and Washington
Jeremy Lerman .... set intern
Victoria Marin .... assistant art director: second unit
Cee Moravec .... assistant props
Jeffrey M. O'Brien .... property master (as Jeffrey O'Brien)
Dave Peterson .... set dresser
Trish Place .... set dresser
Kelly A. Smith .... art department coordinator: second unit
Debra Sugarman .... on-set dresser (as Debra Sugerman)
Tracy Thies .... assistant art director
Jason Ivey .... property master: DC Unit (uncredited)
Francis Maiorino .... additional dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jon Ailetcher .... sound mixer
Antonio L. Arroyo .... sound mixer: New York and Washington (as Antonio Arroyo)
Laura Harris Atkinson .... adr editor (as Laura R. Harris)
Laura Harris Atkinson .... dialogue editor (as Laura R. Harris)
Dana Austin .... adr recordist (as Dana Porter)
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Gary Boatner .... boom operator
Mark Choi .... sound effects editor (as Mark Hunshik Choi)
Patricia Conaway Lamberti .... dialogue assistant (as Patty Lamberti)
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Rickley W. Dumm .... first assistant sound editor (as Rickly Dumm)
Paul Eichler .... utility sound
Eric Flickinger .... sound recordist
Frank Gaeta .... supervising sound editor
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Daniel S. Irwin .... adr editor (as Daniel Irwin)
Daniel S. Irwin .... dialogue editor (as Daniel Irwin)
Craig S. Jaeger .... sound effects editor (as Craig Jaeger)
William B. Johnston .... technical supervision (as Bill Johnston)
Michael Keller .... sound re-recording mixer
Kimaree Long .... adr editor
Kimaree Long .... dialogue editor
James Moriana .... foley artist (as Jim Moriana)
Hugh Murphy .... dialogue assistant
Scott Sanders .... sound effects editor
Branden Spencer .... dialogue assistant
Frederick H. Stahly .... adr editor (as Fred Stahly)
Frederick H. Stahly .... dialogue editor (as Fred Stahly)
Lauren Stephens .... adr editor (as Lauren Stevens)
Lauren Stephens .... dialogue editor (as Lauren Stevens)
Patrick Stoltz .... technical supervision
Rich Toenes .... technical supervision
Drew Webster .... sound recordist
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist (as Jeff Wilhoit)
Scott Wolf .... supervising sound editor
A.J. Woodley .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Greg Zimmerman .... foley recordist (as Gregg Zimmerman)
David Abrahamsen .... sound (uncredited)
David W. Alstadter .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Randolph Saucedo .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Dave Dunaway .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Damian Fisher .... mold maker (uncredited)
Dwight Rolle .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Bruce Cardozo .... optical supervisor
Mark Breakspear .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt coordinator (as Gary Wayton)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Abariotes .... second assistant camera: second unit
Bob Akester .... still photographer (as Bob Akaster)
Dana Altman .... grip
Andy Anderson .... camera operator: second unit
Yoram Astrakhan .... chief lighting technician
Mitch Bennett .... grip
Tobin Bennett .... grip
Dennis Buffman .... electrician
Nicolas L. Charuet .... second company grip: New York and Washington (as Nicholas Charuet)
Hector Corona .... assistant chief lighting technician
Dave Dunaway .... grip
Milo Durben .... dolly grip
Preston Fisher .... electrician
Melissa Freeman .... camera intern
Casey Hotchkiss .... camera operator
Casey Hotchkiss .... director of photography: second unit
Seth Kotok .... film loader
Ariane Lemay .... second assistant camera: New York and Washington
Stephen B. Martinez .... first company grip
Mike Mastre .... second assistant camera: second unit
Charles McEntee .... grip: New York and Washington (as Chuck Mcentee)
Alex 'Shark' Michel .... second company grip
Martin Nowlan .... chief lighting technician: New York and Washington
Radan Popovic .... director of photography: second unit
Steve Ramsey .... chief lighting technician: New York and Washington (as Steven Ramsey)
Damon Salerno .... first company grip: New York and Washington
Joe Sanchez .... first assistant camera
Jim Taylor .... camera operator: 16 mm footage second unit
Kenny K. Tong .... second assistant camera (as Kenny Tong)
James Weyerman .... electrician (as James 'Buck' Weyerman)
Paul Wiley .... electrician
Aurelia Winborn .... first assistant camera: New York and Washington
Steve Wolpa .... first assistant camera: second unit
Greg Kubitschek .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Kyle T. MacDowell .... grip (uncredited)
John Pycha .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Carrie Houk .... additional casting
John Jackson .... casting: Omaha
Sarah Katzman .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Ellen Parks .... casting: New York and Washington
B.J. Tobin .... extras casting
Stacy White .... casting assistant: Omaha
Heather Laird .... casting: Kansas City (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charlotte Corday .... costume supervisor: New York and Washington
Deborah Fiscus .... costumer
Rikke Rosbaek .... costume supervisor
Reese Spensley .... costumer (as Reese 'Spence' Spensley)
Jill Tarlow .... set costumer: New York and Washington
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Tom Dailey .... assistant editor
Denise Winn Davis .... post-production assistant
Mike Mertens .... color timer
Cynthia Ranjbar .... editorial intern
Tom Scully .... assistant editor
Cynthia Conel .... apprentice film editor (uncredited)
Mike Sowa .... digital color timer: mastering (uncredited)
Music Department
Dondi Bastone .... music supervisor
Tony Blondal .... orchestrator
Bruce Dukov .... concert master
Richard Ford .... music editor
Tom Kramer .... preview music editor
Dwight Mikkelsen .... music preparation
William T. Stromberg .... conductor (as Bill Stromberg)
John Vigran .... music recording mixer
Kerry Wikstrom .... additional orchestrator
Patti Zimmitti .... orchestra contractor
Vicki Arkoff .... music consultant (uncredited)
Tom Boyd .... oboe (uncredited)
Denise Carver .... music clearances (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Al Burton .... transportation captain
Ken Kaplan .... transportation coordinator
Paul Vecchio .... picture car captain
Darrell Dubovsky .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Matt Adler .... adr loop group
Linda Alexander .... unit publicist
Steve Alterman .... adr loop group
Andrea Baker .... adr loop group (as Andrea Taylor)
Holly Balbinder .... production coordinator
Charles Bazaldua .... adr loop group
Doug Benson .... post-production accountant
Helen Blume .... set teacher
Kate Carlin .... adr loop group
Kaylene Carlson .... travel coordinator
Cathy Cavadini .... adr loop group (as Catherine Cavadini)
Holly Dorff .... adr loop group
Katherine Dorrer .... location manager: Washington D.C.
Kai Ephron .... additional locations
Mark Everson .... assistant: Mr. Rose
Jeff Fischer .... adr loop group
Jim Foyt .... location projectionist
Pamela Garrett .... payroll accountant
Anneliese Goldman .... adr loop group
James L. Gowdy .... first assistant accountant (as Jim Gowdy)
Barbara Harris .... adr loop group (as Barbara Iely)
Sara Hunt .... craft service
Daamen J. Krall .... adr loop group (as Daamen Krall)
John Latenser V .... location manager (as John Latenser)
Mike Latenser .... assistant location manager
Douglas Moe .... production coordinator: New York and Washington
Kevin O'Leary .... set medic
Todd Phillips .... publicist
David Randolph .... adr loop group
Noreen Reardon .... adr loop group
Brad Rivers .... assistant: Mr. Samples
Karen Roberts .... production accountant
Rebecca Robertson .... script supervisor
Hillary Schwartz .... key set production assistant
Vernon Scott .... adr loop group
Momita Sengupta .... production liaison
Kaile Shilling .... assistant: Mr. Payne
Hector Solano .... catering: Hollywood Caterers
Raoul Solano .... catering: Hollywood Caterers
Peggy Sutton .... script supervisor: New York and Washington
Thuy Tham .... assistant: Mr. Rose
Victoria Vaus .... title designer
Rayshelle Willis .... accounting clerk
Ann Yamamoto .... location manager: New York
David Zyler .... adr loop group (as David Kramer)
Kathleen Beall .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Ellen Burke .... production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Lora Davis .... production assistant (uncredited)
Justin Eveloff .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brice Liesveld .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dan Riley .... assistant: Irwin M. Rappaport (uncredited)
Michael A. Spearman .... runner (uncredited)
Tony Swartz .... location scout (uncredited)
Courtney Williams .... production assistant (uncredited)
David Azzoto .... thanks (as Dave Azzoto)
Karen Carstensen .... thanks
Joann Cissell .... extra very special thanks
Hal Daub .... very special thanks
Mike Deselm .... very special thanks
Julie Ginsburg .... very special thanks
Thomas S. Gulotta .... thanks
Robert Harvey .... thanks (as Bob Harvey)
Lori Killam .... thanks
George Laughery .... thanks
Liz Lyon .... thanks
Debra Markowitz .... thanks
Mele Mason .... thanks (as Mele Masoon)
Laurie Richards .... very special thanks
Albert G. Ruben .... thanks
Janice Shapiro .... thanks
Kathy Sheppard .... very special thanks
Dennis Smith .... extra very special thanks
Frank Sunderman .... extra very special thanks
Jodi Becker Vinci .... thanks
E. Bennett Walsh .... thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for strong sexuality, sex-related dialogue and language, and a scene of drug use
103 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The apples on the tree in Mrs. Novotony's back yard were tied onto the branches.See more »
Continuity: When Mr. McAlister leaves the Family Inn hotel, the sun is setting and you can clearly see that the trees in the distance are bare with no leaves. The next scene when he is pulling into his driveway, the tree in the back yard is full.See more »
Tammy Metzler:If you died right now, I would throw myself into one of my Dad's cement trucks and get poured into your tomb.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)See more »
Jennifer JuniperSee more »


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48 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
Flick for President?, 5 December 2005
Author: evanston_dad from United States

The Academy Award attention heaped on "Sideways" helped to make Alexander Payne a mainstream name among casual film goers, but many of us knew about his talent as a film maker long before. And his two more recent films--"Sideways" and "About Schmidt"--have been much gentler (thought still terrific) than his earlier efforts. Before "Election," Payne had already made "Citizen Ruth," a caustic, bracing satire of the abortion issue, and "Election" continued his penchant for harsh, uncomfortable comedy. I mean that in a good way, though. Payne's movies are funny, but they make you uneasy for laughing at them, and they have sharp, intelligent insights into the attitudes that drive American values.

In "Election," Payne uses a high school class presidential election as an opportunity to lampoon everything that's goofy about the American political system. Just as in our national elections for president, the winner is not necessarily the person with the most integrity, and honesty is a liability, not a virtue. The person who is willing to play dirtiest comes out on top, and elections aren't about who is most qualified but rather about who is most popular. And, the best part about the movie is its acknowledgement of voter apathy. Most Americans don't really give a damn, something that makes them not so different from the majority of high schoolers who don't even understand the point of having a class president to begin with. In fact, in the film's best scene, the assembly at which each candidate gives her/his campaign speech, one of the candidates (who joins the race out of spite) gets the best reception from the crowd when she encourages everyone not to vote at all.

Reese Witherspoon gives a wonderful performance as Tracy Flick, the school's most likely to succeed, whose goodie-goodie exterior hides the fact that she's willing to do just about anything to get ahead. Matthew Broderick is refreshingly unlikable as a social studies teacher who would like to see Tracy fail just once, until the fact that his own life is falling apart turns this wish into an obsession. And Chris Klein has some fun as the dopey, Jesus-following popular guy who becomes Tracy's arch rival, but never really even knows it.

Payne doesn't tidy up his film's moral messages. On the one hand, Tracy is obnoxious, and we want to see her fail as much as Broderick's character does. But she does know how to play the game, and isn't that part of what makes someone a good leader? We sympathize with Broderick up to a point, but his motives really are driven by a personal vendetta, not by any altruistic ideal of right vs. wrong. So if you normally need someone to root for in order to enjoy a movie, you're probably not going to like this one.

But who expects a hero?...I mean, come on, we're talking about American politics here.

Grade: A

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