Filmed over the last six months of the 2000 Presidential election, Phillip Seymour Hoffman starts documenting the campaign at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, but spends ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Narrator
Harold Ford Jr. ...
Himself (as Rep. Harold Ford Jr.)
John Sellers ...
Christopher Shays ...
Himself (as Rep. Christopher Shays)
Antonia Novello ...
Herself (as Dr. Antonia Novella)
Himself (as Mayor Rudolph Giuliani)
The Interpreters ...


Filmed over the last six months of the 2000 Presidential election, Phillip Seymour Hoffman starts documenting the campaign at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, but spends more time outside, in the street protests and police actions than in the orchestrated conventions. Hoffman shows an obvious distaste for money politics and the conservative right. He looks seedier and more disillusioned the campaign progresses. Eventually Hoffman seems most energized by the Ralph Nader campaign as an alternative to the nearly indistinguishable major parties. The high point of the film are the comments by Barney Frank who says that marches and demonstrations are largely a waste of time, and that the really effective political players such as the NRA and the AARP never bother with walk ins, sit-ins, shoot-ins or shuffles. In the interview with Jesse Jackson, Hoffman is too flustered to ask all of his questions. Written by Maple-2

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Exposing the Truth and the Untruth of American Democracy. See more »




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29 January 2003 (France)  »

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The Party's Over  »

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When Representative Barney Frank is first introduced on screen, he was mistakenly identified as a Republican. In fact, he is a Democrat. See more »


Philip Seymour Hoffman: If freedom is for the government, what else does the Republican Party believe in?
Republican: We believe in individual achievement, education.
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In loving memory of Esther Goldman Buchthal who dedicated her life to making positive social change. See more »


Features The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »


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Written by David Byrne, Brian Eno, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison,
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Performed by Talking Heads
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the ironic cost of naivete
26 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

For most of its duration, this entertainiing documentary seems

to aim at the "both sides are identical in that they are equally

indebted to corporations" logic until the very end when the Bush

bashing starts which doesn't favor the democrats as much as it

illustrates the absurdity of the 2000 election. In a no win situation it

always seems prescient in afterthought to impale the winner. At first this stance appears inconsistent until it becomes clear

that this film proposes the Green Party and Ralph Nader as a the

supposed solution to this both sides bad pardigm . The bloom is far off the rose for this argument because it was

Nader who in fact enabled the "victory" of Bush thus underscoring

the danger of naivete and over simplification during the electoral

process. The jingoistic attitude of America continues to this very

writing. Now, much thanks to Nader and political thinking like the left

leaning bias ultimately revealedin this film, we have ironically

arrived at Bush and a war about which the spy novelist / cold

warrior John LeCarre has written; " Don't pretend that this is not

religiously based. Don't pretend this is not a crusade. Don't

pretend this isn't about oil. Don't pretend this isn't about making a

fortune and keeping the American people on their heels in fear"

Aside from that Mrs Lincoln, it was a pretty good play. six

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