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Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)

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A battle-hardened American political consultant is sent to help re-elect a controversial president in Bolivia, where she must compete with a long-term rival working for another candidate.

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Buckley
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LeBlanc
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Rivera
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Claudia - Talk Show Host
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Velasco
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Rivera Reporter
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In 2002, Bolivian politician Pedro Gallo hires American James Carville's political consulting firm, Greenberg Carville Shrum, to help him win the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. GCS brings in Jane Bodine to manage the campaign in Bolivia. Battling her arch nemesis, the opposition's political consultant Pat Candy, Bodine successfully uses American political campaign strategies to lead Gallo to victory against Victor Rivera. Written by Gerry Garcia

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May the best campaign win.

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Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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30 October 2015 (USA)  »

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Experta en crisis  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,238,433 (USA) (30 October 2015)

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$6,998,324 (USA) (11 December 2015)
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Trivia

At one point Sandra Bullock's character quotes Warren Beatty. Beatty and Bullock are alumni of the same high school in Virginia. See more »

Goofs

To emphasize the point of the problematic German author of the quote provided to Pat, some Mariachis sing at his hotel door. This is the 3rd verse of the 'Deutschlandlied', the national anthem of the Federal Republic of Germany. The notorious 1st verse ("Deutschland, Deutschland über alles") favored in the 3rd Reich would have been more fitting to the quote's author. See more »

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Castillo: Did you hired me?
Jane: I'm sorry?
Castillo: Did you hired me?
Jane: No, no...
Castillo: I hired you!
Jane: No, nobody hired me. I cannot be hired. Unless you mean in the uh, you know, the technical sense, then yes, I probably was hired.
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References Scarface (1983) See more »

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La Partida
Written by Victor Jara
Performed by Jorge Coulon, Marcelo Coulon, Manuel Merino, Efren Viera, Daniel Cantillana, Christian Gonzalez, Juan Flores, Cesar Jara and Camilo Lema aka Inti-Illimani
Courtesy of Inti-Illiman
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'If you don't like the road you're on, starting paving another one'
27 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Director David Gordon Green has absorbed the story (screenplay by Peter Straughan based on Rachel Boynton's documentary) and in addition to creating a tense film about political corruption in Bolivia, he places before the public the corrupt tricky shenanigans inherent in US politics that we are watching daily on television and other sources of media manipulation as the contenders for presidential candidate throw even more crude moments our way. It is well-timed film – if only people will take the time to watch it.

The plot is well summarized: 'In 2002, Bolivian politician Pedro Gallo hires American James Carville's political consulting firm, Greenberg Carville Shrum, to help him win the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. GCS brings in Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock) to manage the campaign in Bolivia. Battling her arch nemesis, the opposition's political consultant Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton), Bodine successfully uses American political campaign strategies to lead Gallo (Joaquim de Almeida) to victory against Victor Rivera (Louis Arcella). The depths to which these manipulators stoop are at first surprising until we realize that politics is a game run by media writers and crisis managers and money. Then we feel privy to the rotten side of political campaigns and realize we are all watching it live at this moment.

An eye opener – or is it? The performances by Bullock, Thornton, and de Almeida are excellent as are those by the supporting cast, which includes Anthony Mackie, Ann Dowd, Dominic Flores, and impressive newcomer Reynaldo Pacheco.

Worthy of your attention if you can tolerate the undressing of politics. Grady Harp, February 16


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