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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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Storyline

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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Sometimes you can assassinate a leader without firing a shot. See more »

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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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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£163,170 (UK) (20 April 2001)

Gross:

ESP 69,024,815 (Spain) (29 June 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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Senator Hanson is seen jogging in what is undoubtedly meant to be Arlington National Cemetery. Jogging is not permitted in Arlington National Cemetery, and presumably a U.S. Senator would know better than to be seen disrespecting American veterans in such a way. See more »

Quotes

President Jackson Evans: Mr. Chairman, let's just say..."I'm guilty but not responsible", hmm?
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Referenced in 'Minority Report': The Players (2002) See more »

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Minuet From Don Giovanni
Composed by W.A. Mozart
Performed by John Carrington, Harpist
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20 August 2006 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

Great flick, worthy of a 10 and higher rating than IMDb users have given it. Mulitple worthy performances, esp. Jeff Bridges in one of his best among trademark eccentric roles; writing is flawless and no cheesy plot twists geared towards non-intelligent viewers, typical for American viewers. And the final tie-in with the first seen, tough to see coming and proves the writing's prowess. A ++ in every sense, one of the most underrated classics of all time. A plethora of actors here making great performances - Sam Elliot, William Petersen, Christian Slater - who hasn't done much since, nor much in the few years prior, and of course Oldman who I could not recognize for a good portion of the flick - kudos to the producers for leaving the cast till the end, I had the benefit of not reading publicity on the film which kept me guessing and enriched the experience. Again, go see this film and let's give it the ranking it deserves fellow IMDb users!


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