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Swing Vote (2008)

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In a remarkable turn-of-events, the result of the presidential election comes down to one man's vote.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lewis (as Charles 'Chip' Esten)
Richard Petty


November, 2004, New Mexico. Bud is a slacker with one good thing in his life, his engaging fifth-grade daughter Molly. On election day, Bud is supposed to meet her at the polling place. When he doesn't show, she sneaks a ballot and is about to vote when the power goes off. It turns out that New Mexico's electoral votes will decide the contest, and there it's tied with one vote needing recasting - Bud's. The world's media and both presidential candidates, including the current President, descend on Bud in anticipation of his re-vote in two weeks. Can the clueless Bud, even with the help of Molly and a local TV reporter, handle this responsibility? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


One ordinary guy is giving the candidates a reason to run.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un papá muy poderoso  »

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Box Office


$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,230,669 (USA) (1 August 2008)


$16,284,360 (USA) (10 October 2008)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kevin Costner's second movie with Dennis Hopper in a major supporting role. In Waterworld (1995), Dennis Hopper played Deacon, the main antagonist. See more »


When Bud and the President are talking on Air Force One one of the glasses disappears from the table and in the next shot both glasses are there again. See more »


[first lines]
Radio Announcer: After a hotly contested race Americans go to the polls today for what promises to be a very close election. The Republican incumbent Andrew Carrington is hoping to hold on to the Oval Office, taking on Democratic challenger...
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Crazy Credits

"and introducing Madeline Carroll" See more »


Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 2 August 2008 (2008) See more »


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Written & Performed by Xocoyotzin Herrera
Courtesy of LMS Records
By Arrangement with MS-Pro
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User Reviews

4 August 2008 | by (Richardson, TX) – See all my reviews

This was obviously meant to remind you of the 2000 election fiasco in Florida. The film basically centers around Kevin Costner's character, who is lazy, irresponsible, and a mess-but he's lovable and fun. His vote will make the difference in giving either candidate (Kelsey Grammar or Dennis Hopper) New Mexico's five electoral votes, which will push him over the limit to win. Both candidates then devise a series of ads pitched specifically at him. There were themes about responsibility, being informed, and hogging your time in the limelight during your 15 minutes of fame during this film. I think it was hilarious and was truly surprised by the ending. See it!!! *** out of ****

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