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The Contender (2000)

R  |   |  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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Drama | Thriller

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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)

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$5,363,900 (USA) (13 October 2000)

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ESP 69,024,815 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Gary Oldman and co-producer Douglas Urbanski complained, after the film was released, that the film was changed from the more balanced script by Dreamworks Studios to reflect the liberal politics of the studios head at Dreamworks (Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen). The British Oldman, who according to long-time business partner Urbanski is "the least political person I know", was simply contending this since he didn't enjoy how negatively his character was portrayed. Dreamworks vehemently denied tampering with the film. See more »

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When Runyon and his cronies are plotting on how to reject Senator Hanson's nomination, Runyon's cigar goes from smaller to larger as the scene progresses. See more »

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Shelly Runyon: There's a reason they call me honest Shell.
President Jackson Evans: Irony, Shelly.
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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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Pleasant surprise, excellent performances
24 July 2005 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Excellent political thriller-drama with a great cast which certainly delivered. The story isn't very original, but that doesn't bother. Jeff Bridges was very good and funny as the president of the United States. He was always very relaxed and human during his role. The attitude, the way of thinking, the nonchalance... it made his performance quite amazing. Jeff Bridges is one of my favourite actors. He capable of playing every role. Be honest, who would have thought "the dude" would make an excellent president as well?

Furthermore I loved Joan Allen's and Gary Oldman's performance as well. Both were excellent. As well as Christian Slater playing the young idealist. "The Contender" certainly deserves this rating and I'm convinced it even deserves a higher rating, something like 7.3.

"The Contender" is political thriller-drama which is certainly worth watching. Although this movie doesn't want to make a certain (moral) statement, I loved the following quote by Joan Allen's character: "Principles only mean something when you stick to them when its inconvenient."

9/10


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