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The discovery of a corpse threatens to unravel a bumbling local politician's campaign for governor of Colorado.

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Dickie Pilager
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Chuck Raven
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Lloyd
John C. Ashton ...
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Elizabeth Rainer ...
Leslie
Donevon Martinez ...
Lazaro Huerta
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Deputy Davis
Charles Mitchell ...
Henry
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Danny O'Brien
Alma Delfina ...
Lupe Montoya
Roslyn Washington ...
Hilary
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Mort Seymour
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Grace Seymour
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Mitch Paine
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Set against the backdrop of a mythic "New West," a satire that follows grammatically-challenged, "user-friendly" candidate Dicky Pilager, scapegrace scion of Colorado's venerable Senator Jud Pilager, during his gubernatorial campaign. When Pilager finds that he's reeled in a corpse during the taping of an environmental political ad, his ferocious campaign manager, Chuck Raven, hires former idealistic journalist turned rumpled private detective Danny O'Brien to investigate potential links between the corpse and the Pilager family's enemies. Danny's investigation pulls him deeper and deeper into a complex web of influence and corruption, involving high stakes lobbyists, media conglomerates, environmental plunderers, and undocumented migrant workers. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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24 September 2004 (USA)  »

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Em Campanha  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$337,484 (USA) (17 September 2004)

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$1,017,376 (USA) (22 October 2004)
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The Bentel company logo is a direct copy from Bechtel Corporation which is a real American defense contractor. See more »

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When Danny is talking to Maddy (towards the end of the scene at the back of her house), she appears to be wearing a jacket when shot from the front and a vest top when shot from behind. See more »

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Ad Spokesman: Richard Pilager cares about Colorado.
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References All the President's Men (1976) See more »

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Misguided Angel
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Written by Michael Timmins (as Michael) and Margo Timmins
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brilliant
30 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Every voter and her or his child must see this film. Why don't people flock to films like Sayles'? Not unlike Sunshine State, Matewan, or even Passionfish, it's a smart, well written, brilliantly acted and nothing like the big budget fare anyone can see at any time in his or her local multiplex. John Sayles and the handful of filmmakers like him who do not reduce themselves to the lowest common denominator of big budget decision makers and executives are the only hope for film and popular culture in this country. Even if you don't agree with the political message of the filmmakers or the people who funded him (not, by the way, a major studio; and like all of Sayles' films, this one is written, edited and directed by Sayles himself) you will come away from seeing this picture a more informed person, as well as having seen a good movie. Information is power, and by entertaining the spectator while he informs her or him, Sayles is merely doing what major network news has done surreptitiously for the last few decades. See this movie! You'll be glad!


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