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The Contender (2000)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  13 October 2000 (USA)
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A woman's most intimate secrets 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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13 October 2000 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£163,170 (UK) (20 April 2001)

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ESP 69,024,815 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Bridges said he modeled President Evans after his father Lloyd Bridges, whom he worshipped, and also had just recently died (in 1998). See more »

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Timmy Hanson says "being the vice president is better than being the president...'cause nobody wants to shoot the vice president." That isn't quite true. In 1804 sitting vice president Aaron Burr infamously dueled against former secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton's shot missed Burr while Burr's shot mortally wounded Hamilton, who died the next day. Burr was later tried for murder but acquitted. However, the character who says this is six years old, and probably does not have such an extensive history knowledge. See more »

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President Jackson Evans: [adressing the Congress] Napoleon once said when asked to explain the lack of great statesmen in the world, that "to get power you need to display absolute pettiness; to exercise power, you need to show true greatness." Such pettiness and greatness are rarely found in one person... Laine Hanson has asked that I allow her to step aside. She asked me to do this because she wants my presidency to end on a note of triumph and not controversey. Understand, those of you who worked to bring Laine ...
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ian McKellen/Kylie Minogue (2002) See more »

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Ring Of Fire
Written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore
Performed by Jeff Bridges and Kim Carnes
Courtesy Of Ramp Records, LLC.
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Disappointed after reading reviews
2 January 2002 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Though the movie targets political moralizers with its message, it manages to be incredibly moralizing itself. The 'good' characters are complex while the 'bad' characters are just evil and one-dimensional. The cliched crescendo of uplifting music in the final moments cements its status as a good movie that "could have been."


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