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The Second Civil War (1997)

A simple immigration issue spins wildly out of control for those involved, ranging from the President of the United States, to a news producer.

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Joe Dante

Writer:

Martyn Burke
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beau Bridges ... Gov. Jim Farley
Joanna Cassidy ... Helena Newman
Phil Hartman ... The President
James Earl Jones ... Jim Kalla
James Coburn ... Jack Buchan
Dan Hedaya ... Mel Burgess
Elizabeth Peña ... Christina
Denis Leary ... Vinnie Franko
Ron Perlman ... Alan Manieski
Kevin Dunn ... Jimmy Cannon
Shelley Malil ... Congressman Singh
Brian Keith ... Maj. Gen. Charles Buford
Kevin McCarthy ... Chief of Staff
Dick Miller ... Eddie O'Neill
William Schallert ... Secretary of Defense
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Storyline

An interesting story about a future United States where immigration has gone too far. Through a series of mishaps and mayhem several state 'militias' assist Idaho in order to protect them from the LONG ARM of the Federal government. Written by Walt Adkins <walt@dtcc.edu>

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It's not just a war anymore. It's a media event. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and some war violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La segunda guerra civil See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The film cast includes several actors who frequently appear in films directed by Joe Dante: Kevin McCarthy, Dick Miller, William Schallert, Roger Corman and Robert Picardo. See more »

Quotes

Godfrey: I came across another great line. 'The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.'
Jim Kalla: That is a great line.
Godfrey: The poets. Nobody pays enough attention to them anymore.
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References M*A*S*H: Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen (1983) See more »

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brilliant movie banned by HBO?
17 January 2005 | by sterhill-1See all my reviews

This movie was an original film made by HBO and was shown in 1997 and then disappeared.

Why? Too many un-PC remarks is my guess. At one point Dan Hedaya (head of the CNN look-alike NetworkNews) yells that somebody needs to get the White House on the phone "unless Tokyo has foreclosed on it!". The story is brilliantly created and the cast is amazing.

Look at the cast and ask yourself how this film could just disappear.

The mayor of Los Angeles is giving a speech, and the newsroom is frantically looking for a translator. but NOT to translate into Spanish. No, to translate HIS speech into English.

I say shame on HBO for letting this film slide into oblivion, You can still find it, used, on VHS but it never went to DVD. You cannot buy it from HBO.

You gotta ask yourself why...


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