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Recount (2008)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | History  -  25 May 2008 (USA)
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A chronicle of the weeks after the 2000 U.S. presidential election and the subsequent recounts in Florida.

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A chronicle of the weeks after the 2000 U.S. presidential election and the subsequent recounts in Florida.

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The future of the nation was hanging by a chad.

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Recount: The Story of the 2000 Presidential Election  »

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Because of the extensive parody of Katherine Harris in the media, Laura Dern expressed great apprehension over how to approach the character. Dern convinced director Jay Roach to allow her at least three takes for every scene: one underplayed, one "medium," and one way over-the-top, so Roach could help guide her performance. See more »

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Mac Stipanovich: Listen, Katherine. Most people go through their lives never having a chance to make a difference. And those that are lucky enough to have that chance don't recognize it when it comes. They think it's down the road, or that it's going to be next year or the year after that. But if you're a publical official wanting to make history then today is your lucky day, darling. You're about to pick the leader of the free world.
Katherine Harris: Don't you worry, Mac. It's going to take a lot more than David Letterman ...
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totally fair? maybe not, but neither is American democracy
26 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Recount goes over familiar territory, and for some it will be like opening up a wound that's been covered for several years only to find the pus is still fresh and rotten. Whether you're a democrat or republican- for the latter, of course, your man "won" in the end- a lot of the details in the story of the Florida electoral results in the 2000 Presidential election just flat out stink of corruption and mismanagement. It displays a failure on the part of what should be a somewhat reliable process in an already faulty system (i.e. electoral college, besides the point). What lessons can be taken from the Florida story? Pretty much the story, and the film, acts as a referendum on how things can get so (bleeped), on each party side- democrats not strong enough in the fight at crucial beats, republicans acting like bullies- and the only hope is that it never gets this wretched again.

Whatever thoughts on the issues one will have, it's a worthwhile TV movie based just on the cast alone. Director Jay Roach, usually responsible for silly comedies like Austin Powers and Meet the Parents, tackles the drama with a firm hand (if not the sturdiest camera- hand held of course) on his large group of thespians. Kevin Spacey hasn't been this good in years, and Leary is a welcome presence as a Gore campaign member. Also very noteworthy are small parts for John Hurt, Ed Begley Jr, Bruce McGill. But best of all are Laura Dern in a harrowingly funny turn as dumb-bell Katherine Harris and Tom Wilkinson as tough lawyer James Baker, who comes off as icy as one might expect playing a loyal cadre of the Bush family. They make the movie compulsively watchable, even as the details of the case- the dimple chads, the discrimination, the BS protester problem in Miami-Dade, and ultimately the ruling of the supreme court- make one very sick about the madness unraveling.


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