A political thriller about Laine Hanson, a Senator who is nominated to become Vice President following the death of the previous office holder. During the confirmation process, Laine is the victim of a vicious attack on her personal life in which stories of sexual deviancy are spread. She is torn as to whether she should fight back, or stick to her high principles and refuse to comment on the allegations.Written by
Director Rod Lurie said he first offered the role of President Jackson Evans to Paul Newman, and then to Gregory Peck. Newman, then in semi-retirement, declined, as did Peck, claiming he was "too damn old" for the role. In response, Lurie re-wrote President Evans' character to be younger, and then cast Jeff Bridges. See more »
At one point Runyon says that an article will appear in the next day's "afternoon edition" of the Washington Post. The Post is a morning newspaper. See more »
Well, I bet you've been getting a lot of Churchills. Probably Mandela. Some DeGaulles. But I'd have to go with Anwar Sadat.
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HBO decided to trundle this one out again. Well, it was an election year and they had to find something to run in between Generation Kill episodes I suppose. I also read recently Mr. Obama commenting this was a personal favorite.
The plot is a thinly disguised veil to excuse Mr. Clinton's disgraceful behavior of that era. All the Republicans are mouth breathing knuckle dragging fascist zealots; all the Democrats are brilliant thoughtful selfless virtuous defenders of the Constitution.
The balance of the film is well layered with typical Hollywood left-wing bias, clichés, stereotypes, and ample plot holes. Overall, this movie already seems very dated. To be fair 9-11 did that to a lot of films of this genre and this was a prime example.
However, one scene is truly disturbing even today, and maybe especially today, considering the outcome of the last U.S. election and after a summer in which we watched the Olympic games being held in a brutal totalitarian Marxist state proudly showing off goose stepping soldiers and chilling mass conformism. That scene being the main Democrat character "bravely" standing up to the "evil" Republican inquisitor and reeling off a laundry list of extremist liberal-socialist positions which culminates in her declaring that she is an atheist, but she has a religion and that religion is GOVERNMENT. Scary.
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