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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.

Director:

Joe Dante

Writer:

Martyn Burke
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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A very uncivil comedy See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

References All My Children (1970) See more »

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Welcome to the Human Race.
26 April 2005 | by raganaSee all my reviews

In the near future, a planeload of immigrant orphans are on their way to a charity facility in Idaho when the Governor of the state closes its borders and refuses them entry. This sparks a division of military forces, between states government's National Guard and federal government's Army, each hell bent on protecting their own version of the American Dream, as well as their media images. At the center of this Constitutional storm is a President unable to make a decision without checking with his advisers and referencing one of his predecessors, a Governor more interested in liaisons with his immigrant news reporter mistress than dealing with immigration laws, a newsroom where facts and truth balance with viewer shares, and a TV audience more interested in their favorite daytime soap opera. The Great American Melting Pot is about to uncivilly boil over.

This HBO black comedy is an excellent mix of political and news media parody, race relations satire, and morality tale. Wonderfully quirky, and sometimes deeply meaningful, dialogue. Characters run the gamut from dignified to loony. Performances from a large cast are all vibrant and spot on. A movie gem. Favorite Line(s): "Can't make an omelet without busting some sacred eggs. We're making history here and you ain't with us, are you?" "No I'm not." "You should be. Why not?" "Maybe because I'm a reporter, I ain't with anybody. Maybe because too many sacred eggs are getting busted. See, I rode the buses back in the 60s to bring people together. Pretty unfashionable now, isn't it?" "Your wife, she's Jewish, ain't she?" "You know, I forgot what she is, all I remember is that we met on the back of a bus." "I'm trying to remember the words to the Pledge of Allegiance. I said it a million times when I was a kid. Right now I can't seem to remember the words."


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

15 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La segunda guerra civil See more »

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Dolby SR

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16 : 9
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