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Recount (2008)

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

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »
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In this dramatization of the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore concedes the presidency to George W. Bush, but recants when he learns of irregularities in the Florida vote count. Democratic strategists Ronald Klain and Michael Whouley race to Florida to uncover the truth, as do Republicans under James Baker III. Between faulty voting equipment and the vagaries of Florida's Secretary of State Katherine Harris, a 36-day stalemate ensues. Written by Jwelch5742

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The future of the nation was hanging by a ...chad. See more »

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Drama | History

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25 May 2008 (USA)  »

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Recount: The Story of the 2000 Presidential Election  »

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Kevin Spacey, Jayne Atkinson, and Derek Cecil would co-star on the Netflix political series House of Cards (2013). See more »

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The wall at the Division of Elections is shown in grey. It is in fact blue. See more »

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Michael Whouley: I love Warren Christopher, but I think the guys so tight he probably eats his M&Ms with a knife and fork.
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I Won't Back Down
Written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne
Performed by Tom Petty
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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"I just wanna know who actually won this f***ing election!"
25 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jay Roach (the "Austin Power" series, "Meet the Parents") doesn't seem the right director for a political-driven movie about one of the most controversial elections ever, but he did a good job in charge of this well-executed HBO production. "Recount" features solid performances all around, particularly Kevin Spacey as Ron Klain (Al Gore's recount point man) and Tom Wilkinson as James Baker (Bush's top recount strategist); Laura Dern seemed to have fun playing the ridiculously clueless (and potentially malevolent) Katherine Harris (Florida's Secretary of State), the woman who stopped the recount. The movie works for being wittily unbiased (Spacey's outburst scene: "You know what's funny? I don't even know if I like Al Gore... I just wanna know who actually won this f***ing election!" is pivotal, and his last conversation with Wilkinson/Baker is also a great point) and informative for those who have short-term memory (or were too young 8 years ago). We all know how it's gonna end, and the movie doesn't have the pretension of answering eternal questions like "Who really won the election and would have Al Gore been a better president?" We'll most likely never know the first, and can just wonder about the second. For better or worse, things would've been different had Bush lost, that's for sure. It might not be a solace, but that's the only truth we have, and the makers of "Recount" seem to be aware of that. 7.5/10.


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