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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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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Trivia

The real and famous "This is CNN" motto spoken by James Earl Jones is spoofed by the actor himself as "This is NN" in the film. See more »

Quotes

Mel Burgess: Stop with the college debate, will you? We're news, emotions happen outside!
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Connections

References M*A*S*H: Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen (1983) See more »

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Much more than a TV-movie
4 February 1999 | by CirioSee all my reviews

"The Second American Civil War" appeared in the cinemas in Italy and caused many discussions probably because of the correspondences between its plot and the matter of secession in Northern Italy promoted by the Lega Nord party. Anyway, this movie is great for other reasons and deserved to be seen in the cinemas of any country. The only lack of the movie is the weakness of the characters such as the pathetic figure of the old wise journalist (James Earl Jones). However the real main character is the background, that is the society, the medias and the political class. Dante strikes all these categories with a brilliant and grotesque satire and represent all their contradictions.

The influential News Net spread idiotic and mediocre message. The politicians only care about keeping their careers with the political tricks (the ultimatum mustn't interfere with the popular soap-opera). Finally Dante paints a society that can't find an alternative between "We are all brothers" and "This is my land and here I command".

You MUST SEE it, if you have the chance because it is far the best movies of is genre (much better than "Wag the Dog")


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