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Election (1999)

A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jim McAllister
... Tracy Flick
... Paul Metzler
... Tammy Metzler
... Dave Novotny
... Walt Hendricks
... Diane McAllister
Delaney Driscoll ... Linda Novotny
... Judith R. Flick
... Lisa Flanagan
... Vice-Principal Ron Bell
... Jo Metzler
... Dick Metzler
Loren Nelson ... Custodian
Emily Martin ... Girl in Crisis
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Storyline

The high school Class President election is approaching and it looks like Tracy Flick is going to win, unopposed. However, teacher Jim McAllister has other plans. He convinces jock Paul Metzler to run, sparking off an interesting chain of events. Written by grantss

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Reading, Writing, Revenge.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong sexuality, sex-related dialogue and language, and a scene of drug use | See all certifications »

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7 May 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Elección  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$119,080, 25 April 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,879,556, 8 August 1999
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Trivia

Loren Nelson, who played the custodian in the movie, was actually a custodian at Duchesne Academy in Omaha. He has since retired. See more »

Goofs

When Tracy is setting up her table in the beginning of the movie, she opens five legs on a four-legged table. However, this is clearly deliberate, a symbol of her over-achievement. See more »

Quotes

Tammy Metzler: [her campaign speech] Who cares about this stupid election? We all know it doesn't matter who gets elected president of Carver. Do you really think it's going to change anything around here? Make one single person smarter or happier or nicer? The only person it does matter to is the one who gets elected. The same pathetic charade happens every year, and everyone makes the same pathetic promises just so they can put it on their transcripts to get into college. So vote for me, because I don't even...
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The end titles include four "The producers wish to thank the following:" cards, one "Very Special Thanks to:" card, and one "Extra Very Special Thanks to:" card. See more »

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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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This Road I'm Traveling
Written by Neil Halstead
Performed by Mojave 3
Courtesy of Sire Records Records Group
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An outstanding satire
1 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Ethics and Morals

I'm not generally a fan of excessive voice-over and quirky, stylised direction but here it's all done so well. It seems to suffer from that classic "this film didn't make sense" style of review, but it clearly does. A wonderful script with a great mix of slapstick and intelligent comedy and winning performances from Broderick, a brilliant Reese Witherspoon and the normally hapless Chris Klein.

And, yes, it has sex in it. It's hardly titillating and is always completely relevant to the plot. But if you simply hate seeing sex (not nudity, of which there is very little) in films then you won't like it.

It beats Rushmore to the 'best film set in a high school' award.


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