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The Contender (2000)

Senator Laine Hanson is a contender for US Vice President, but information and disinformation about her past surfaces that threatens to de-rail her confirmation.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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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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$17,804,273 (USA) (5 January 2001)
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President Barack Obama told Entertainment Weekly in 2008 magazine that Jackson Evans was his favorite movie president. See more »

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When Runyon and Webster are speaking for the first time, they pass a room in which a chandelier that appears to have a black flag (a piece of grip equipment used to block glare from lights) attached to it. See more »

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Jack Hathaway: Well, I bet you've been getting a lot of Churchills. Probably Mandela. Some DeGaulles. But I'd have to go with Anwar Sadat.
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Referenced in Rated 'R': Republicans in Hollywood (2004) See more »

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Written and performed by Julianna Raye
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**** Great drama with a powerful lead performance
28 March 2001 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Excellent drama that threatens to undermine itself in its final ten minutes but never actually does. Joan Allen is fantastic in her first lead role as a woman chosen to take over for the late Vice-President and is thrown for a loop when a story surfaces that she once participated in a gang-bang in college that someone happened to photograph. Refusing to play the dirty games some politicians play, she offers no comment on the issue, maintaining that her private life is not for public scrutiny. The Conservative zealot assigned to lead her Vice-Presidency appropriation (Gary Oldman) believes otherwise. Compelling drama, with a first-rate script and strong direction. Ignore the slightly overdone final speech by Bridges; Allen gives the film its meaning and sums it all up beautifully right before he gets around to speaking.


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