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The Contender (2000)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  13 October 2000 (USA)
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Sexy secrets from a womans past come to light as she runs for Vice President.

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A political thriller about Laine Hanson, a senator who is nominated to become Vice President following the death of the previous office holder. During the confirmation process, Laine is the victim of a vicious attack on her personal life in which stories of sexual deviancy are spread. She is torn as to whether she should fight back, or stick to her high principles and refuse to comment on the allegations. Written by Ted Johnson

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Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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£163,170 (UK) (20 April 2001)

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ESP 69,024,815 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Jeff Bridges plays a bowling President of the USA. He also plays a bowler in The Big Lebowski (1998). Both movies also feature Sam Elliott. See more »

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When Hathaway walks out the doorway of the Oval Office to meet his wife in the hall, in the edge of the doorway can be seen a reflective card presumably set up for lighting purposes. See more »

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A very accurate portrayal of women in politics

The Contender is a film with the potential to take any conscientious person with even a mild interest in how governments are run , and who the leaders are through a non-stop roller-coaster ride of challenge, triumph, pain, failure, and morality. Although I intensely appreciated this movie, I do not believe this could have been an oscar-winning film because the truths it expresses with regards to the presence of women in high ranking political positions far outway its acting and directing talents, with the possible exception of Gary Oldman's role as Shelly Runyon, who was frighteningly convincing at being an absolutely awful man. I enjoyed this movie because of its intention to show what women in politics really face. The strength displayed by Laine Hanson (Joan Allen) while up for vice president is nothing short of inspirational. Gary Oldman's character provides us with a good idea of how manipulative and ruthless people can be when in a position of power and, ironically, when they have been put in a position to judge another's morality. This film seems so realistic that we tend to forget it's a movie. It makes us question, why does a person have to be surrounded by such controversy and be forced to take on such a defensive position, simply for being a woman? What I appreciated is the refusal of Hanson to succomb to the pressure of taking that defensive position, regardless of the truth. Of course, the other refreshing aspect in this movie is Jeff Bridges' role as an ideal president.

All in all, it is a long overdue account of reality, with great character development but not recommended for those with short attention spans, as it is dialogue, and lots of it.


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