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Final film [to date, June 2017] of actor Gene Hackman.
The town of Mooseport is fictional. The American state it is situated in the movie is Maine. The Mooseport locale seen in the film is actually Port Perry in Ontario, Canada.
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During the election, a newscaster announces that there is twenty minutes left in the election; at that moment there are exactly 20 minutes left in the movie.
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Ray Romano's brother (Richard A. Romano) and dad appear in the bar scene where Romano is laughing at how Sally turned down the president for a kiss. His dad's the bartender and his brother's sitting next to him.
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The scene in which the president walks Sally to her door after their date, was composed of 2 different cameras, one focused on 'Maura Tierny' and the other focused on Gene Hackman, shot 2 months apart. They had to stop shooting cause of weather, but you can see in the shots in that scene focused on Maura it's raining and on Gene, it's not.
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When Dr. Sally Mannis (Maura Tierney) is being hounded by reporters for the first time about her involvement with the former American President, and one of them asks, "Have you guys had sex yet?", that guy is actor Jon Manfrellotti, a personal friend of Ray Romano, and a stand-up comedian who used to open for him.
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The town hall in the film is actually a post office, the newspaper boy is a local student
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The lines "I don't have cable" when Handy tells his right hand man to stop looking at the two dogs having sex, or "mmmhmm.....yes, i said mmhmmm" uttered by Irma after Handy is brought down to Earth after just having challenged the president to the mayoral race, are a couple of the many ad-libs in the movie added by Ray Romano to his own character and others in the script.
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When the president is moving into his house at Mooseport, the movers carry in a painting of Mount Rushmore. There are five faces on the mountain, it appears that the fifth is a likeness of President Monroe Cole (Gene Hackman).
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When the town elders ask former American President Monroe Cole (Gene Hackman) to be mayor, the picture on the wall of the previous mayor is David Chapman, the movie's production designer.
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Gene Hackman replaced Dustin Hoffman in the lead role of former American President Monroe Cole. Hoffman bowed out several months before filming, leaving Hackman to take over the part.
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First live-action theatrical feature film of actor Ray Romano who apart from shorts and television had only done voice work in a cinema movie which was the animated Ice Age (2002).
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Actress Christine Baranski, playing fictional Former First Lady Charlotte Cole, the ex-wife of former U.S. President Monroe Cole (Gene Hackman), previously portrayed Constance Bulworth, the wife of Senator Jay Billington Bulworth (Warren Beatty), in another political satire, in the political comedy Bulworth (1998).
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Intelligence agencies referenced and/or featured in the film included the CIA, the FBI, and the U.S. Secret Service.
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The movie's story-line shared some similar story elements to the Australian political comedy The Honourable Wally Norman (2003) which had premiered just the previous year in 2003.
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The picture premiered in a U.S. Presidential election year, the race being between Republican incumbent president George W. Bush and Democratic Party candidate and later Secretary of State Senator John Kerry. The movie debuted stateside in February of that year with the American federal election being held later in November.
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Director Rod Lurie was offered the chance to direct the picture but passed on the project.
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The nick-name of Dr. Sally Mannis (Maura Tierney) was "Sal"; the nick-name of plumber Harold Harrison (Ray Romano) was "Handy"; whilst the nick-names of former U.S. American President Monroe Cole (Gene Hackman) were "Eagle", "Eagle Cole", and "The Eagle". The nick-name that Cole had for his former wife Charlotte Cole (Christine Baranski) was "The Wicked Witch of the West Wing".
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Actual real life American presidents referenced and/or mentioned in the movie included Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy (aka "JFK"), Richard Nixon, and Theodore Roosevelt (aka "Teddy").
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The picture's closing credits declare that the movie was: "Filmed at Toronto Film Studios".
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Actor Rip Torn, who portrays Bert Langdon, previously played Lyndon B. Johnson in the tele-movie J. Edgar Hoover (1987). Torn has also appeared in such politics movies / politically themed pictures as The President's Plane Is Missing (1973), The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (1977), and portrayed Senator Kittner in The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979).
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The film was made and released approximately in the middle of the American presidency of Republican U.S. President George W. Bush (2000-2008).
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The name of the local newspaper in Mooseport, Maine was "The Moose Call".
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