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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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Trivia

Joe Dante has said this is the best film he's made and the best cast he worked with. See more »

Quotes

Mel Burgess: Where's the White House? Do we still have a White House, or is Tokyo foreclosed on it?
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References Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955) See more »

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A Hilarious and Sad Tribute to the Politicians, Lobbyists and Press of a Warrior Nation
25 June 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In a near future, after the nuclear explosion of a bomb dropped by India in Pakistan, an American non-governmental group decides to bring the Iranians orphans to Idaho. The silly governor of Idaho (Beau Bridges) is the political opponent of the American president (Phil Hartman) and decides to not permit the immigration of the children to his state. Indeed his greatest concern is relative to his sexual and affective life with the American-Mexican journalist Christina (Elizabeth Peña) and he does not give much importance to his statement. The stupid president decides to follow the advice of Jack Buchan (James Coburn) and his advisors, and sends the U. S. Army to the border of Idaho, which is protected by the National Guard troops. Due to the last chapter of a famous soap opera, the president gives sixty-seven and half hours to Idaho permit the ingress of the children. The greatest American network covers all of this confusion in a sensationalist way. All of these absurd misunderstandings together culminate in the American Second Civil War. This movie is a great dark and dramatic comedy, made before the tragedy of September 11th. In Brazil, it was not promoted and I found the VHS by chance on sale. When I saw the name of Joe Dante and the cast, I decided to buy and watch it. It was a worthwhile entertainment. It is a sort of `tribute' to the politicians, lobbyists and press in USA, and without the participation of Michael Moore. Martyn Burke and Joe Dante explore the warrior spirit and the racial segregation of the American people, the immigration problem, the lack of common sense and the search for votes of the politicians, the unreasonable advices of lobbyists and civilians and military advisors and the performance of the manipulative press in a funny (and even sad) story. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): `A Segunda Guerra Civil' (`The Second Civil War')


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

15 March 1997 (USA) See more »

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16 : 9
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