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The Contender ()


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Senator Laine Hanson is a contender for U.S. Vice President, but information and disinformation about her past surfaces that threatens to derail her confirmation.

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  • Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 20 nominations.
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Cast

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Shelly Runyon
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Laine Hanson
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President Jackson Evans
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Reginald Webster
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Kermit Newman
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Jack Hathaway
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Jerry Tolliver
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Oscar Billings
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Lewis Hollis
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William Hanson
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Cynthia Charlton Lee
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Paige Willomina
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Fiona Hathaway
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Makerowitz
Noah Fryrear ...
Timmy
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Dierdra (as Angelica Torn)
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Paul Smith (as Joe Taylor)
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Congressman Skakle
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Congressman Harding
Bev Appleton ...
Congressman Marshall
Sandra Register ...
Glenda
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Peter Crenshaw (as Tony Booth)
Andrew C. Boothby ...
Steven Poullet (as Andrew Boothby)
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Maggie Runyon
Del Driver ...
Director Friend
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Wilke
Bill Bevins ...
Anchorman
Ed Sala ...
Show Producer
Kirk Penberthy ...
Stevenson
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Stagehand
David Laubacher ...
Reporter #4 (as Jackie Laubacher)
David Bridgewater ...
Aide
Kevin Grantz ...
Secret Service Chief
Michael Kennedy ...
Congressman Fletcher
David Londoner ...
Congressman Jones
Billy Dye ...
Waiter
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Larry King
Amit Mehta ...
ABU Hunter
Greg Cooper ...
Ted Edwards
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Cappy
Scoot Powell ...
Attorney
Catherine Shaffner ...
Patricia Lavameer
Stan Kelly ...
Alan
William L. Chandler ...
Personal Waiter
Liz Marks ...
Sheila
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Lobbyist
Steve Hurwitz ...
Lobbyist
Ricardo Miguel Young ...
Reporter (as Ric Young)
Sherri Richmond ...
Reporter
Teresa Jones ...
Reporter (as Teresa Wells Jones)
Lynn West ...
Reporter
Dave Guertler ...
Reporter
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Reporter
Heather Rosbeck ...
Elaine Bidwell
Roderick Jimenez ...
Trevor
Donald 'Spec' Campen Jr. ...
Sergeant at Arms (as Donald Campen)
Justin Lewis ...
Producer
Fred Iacovo ...
Joe Smith
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Secretary
Jolene Carroll ...
Maid
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Rep. Reginald Webster's Fling (scenesDeleted) (as Genia Morgan)
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Senate Page (uncredited)
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Aide (uncredited)
David Cureton ...
Congressman (uncredited)
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Spectator (uncredited)
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America Live Producer (uncredited)
David Foster ...
Photographer (uncredited)
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Congressional Aid (uncredited)
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Congressman (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Raymond H. Johnson ...
News Photographer (uncredited)
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Congressional Aid (uncredited)
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Congressman X (uncredited)
Gerard Malbrough ...
Congressional Staffer (uncredited)
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White House Photographer (uncredited)
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Drowning Victim (uncredited)
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Congressman (uncredited)
Cynthia Webb ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Joseph M. West Jr. ...
Secret Service Agent (uncredited)

Directed by

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Rod Lurie

Written by

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Rod Lurie ... (written by)

Produced by

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Stephanie Antosca ... producer: Washington DC
Rainer Bienger ... executive producer: Cinerenta (as Dr. Rainer Bienger)
Willi Bär ... producer (as Willi Baer)
Marc Frydman ... producer
Maurice Leblond ... executive producer
Steve Loglisci ... co-producer
Gary Oldman ... executive producer
Scott Shiffman ... co-producer
James Spies ... producer
Douglas Urbanski ... producer

Music by

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Larry Groupé

Cinematography by

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Denis Maloney

Film Editing by

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Michael Jablow

Editorial Department

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Sven E. Fahlgren ... post-production coordinator (as Sven E.M. Fahlgren)
Kindra Marra ... assistant editor
Heather Mullen ... first assistant editor
Laura Rindner ... assistant editor
David C. Whitten ... color timer (as Dave Whitten)

Casting By

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Mary Jo Slater

Production Design by

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Alec Hammond ... (as Alexander Hammond)

Art Direction by

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Halina Gebarowicz

Set Decoration by

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Eloise Crane Stammerjohn ... (as Eloise Stammerjohn)

Costume Design by

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Matthew Jacobsen

Makeup Department

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Rhonda Bareford ... additional makeup artist
Wyatt Belton ... additional hair stylist
Sofia Carney ... assistant makeup artist
JoJo Guthrie ... key hair stylist (as Jo-Jo Guthrie)
Marsha Lewis ... hair department head
Alessandra Sampaolo ... makeup department head
Fabrizio Sforza ... makeup department head
Jo Jo Stephens ... hair assistant: colorist, Joan Allens
Brandon Waggoner ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Erica Frauman ... post-production supervisor
Oriana Robertson ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Marco Londoner ... first assistant director
Aida Rodgers ... second assistant director
Jamie Sheridan ... second second assistant director (as James Sheridan)
Scooter Yancey ... second unit director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Jamie Bishop ... additional on-set dresser (as James Bishop)
Cherie Bowers ... on-set painter
Susan A. Burig ... graphic designer (as Susan Burig)
Adam Caperton ... additional on-set dresser
Harris Chandler ... construction foreman
Michael R. Clark ... paint foreman
Tim Crane ... swing gang
Kelly Elam ... art department coordinator
Thomas B. Grimes ... additional on-set dresser (as Thomas Grimes)
Michael D. Harrell ... property master (as Michael Harrell)
R. Mark Hughes ... on-set dresser (as Mark Hughes)
Michael Ivey ... art department production assistant (as Mike Ivey)
Andrea Levine ... assistant property master
Gordon McVay ... swing gang
Chad Mentzer ... construction coordinator
Thomas C. Mentzer ... construction coordinator
Curtis Moore ... on-set painter
Dane Moore ... swing gang
Angela Ratliff ... greensperson
Jennie Hill Robinson ... key greens
Stephen G. Shifflette ... lead man
Richard F. Ward III ... construction foreman (as Richard Ward III)

Sound Department

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James Bailey ... foley walker
Bruce Bell ... adr mixer (as Bruce R. Bell) / foley mixer (as Bruce R. Bell)
Dean Beville ... supervising dialogue editor
Matthew C. Beville ... sound effects editor
David V. Butler ... assistant sound editor
Guy Carbonneau ... audio recording facilites: Le Mobile (as Guy Charbonneau)
Stephanie Flack ... dialogue editor
Judee Flick ... supervising adr editor
Stephen Hunter Flick ... sound designer / sound supervisor
Alexandra Gonzales ... dialogue editor
Dana Gustafson ... foley editor
William Jacobs ... sound effects editor (as Bill Jacobs)
Christopher S.P. Jones ... cable person
Ryan Juggler ... assistant sound editor (as Ryan B. Juggler)
Andy Kopetzky ... sound editor
Samuel Lehmer ... re-recording mixer
Patricio A. Libenson ... sound effects editor (as Patricio Libenson)
Jay Meagher ... sound mixer
Jon Michaels ... assistant sound editor
Ryan Murphy ... sound recordist
Timothy Pearson ... foley artist
Randy Pease ... boom operator
Jeffrey Perkins ... supervising sound re-recording mixer
James Wright ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Peter Brown ... sound editor (uncredited)
Jamie Hardt ... sound intern (uncredited)
Flavio Leocata ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Michael H. Clark ... special effects technician
Gary Pilkinton ... special effects foreman
Robert Vazquez ... special effects coordinator
Barbara Vazquez ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Howard Anderson ... opticals
Peter Koczera ... senior digital artist
Nina Saxon ... main and end titles designed by

Stunts

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Daniel W. Barringer ... stunts (as Dan Barringer)
Loyd Catlett ... stunt coordinator
Doug Coleman ... stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. ... stunts (as Hubie Kerns)
Caryn Mower ... stunts: drowning girl in car
Ronnie Rondell Jr. ... stunts (as Ronnie Rondell)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Peter Albert ... digital video assist operator
Alan Aldridge ... first assistant camera
Eric Bartsch ... key grip
Michael Bonsignore ... dolly grip
Frank Boone ... grip
Jack Cooperman ... underwater director of photography
Matt Doll ... key rigging grip (as Matthew Doll)
Kent Eanes ... still photographer
Max Fischer ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Michael Flynn ... electrician
Matthew Haskins ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Matthew Hawkins ... second assistant camera
Jennifer Hill ... camera loader
David Jackson ... electrician
Jay Kemp ... chief lighting technician
John Kimmer ... grip
Charles Laughon ... 24 frame video operator (as Chaz Laughon)
Greg Martin ... best boy grip
Gino Mifsud ... still photographer
Robert Spencer ... assistant chief lighting technician
Michael C. Stailey ... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Michael Stailey)
Henry Tirl ... camera operator: "a" camera / steadicam operator
Russell A. Wicks ... electrician (as Russell Wicks)
Tim Wicks ... grip
Christopher A. Thompson ... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Scooter Yancey ... camera operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Kate Hereford ... extras casting
Sandy Holt ... adr voice casting
Liz Marks ... casting: East Coast
Christy Pracht ... extras casting assistant
Carmen Tetzlaff ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Hannah Anderson ... costume: for Noah Fryrear provided by
Linda M. Boyland ... set costumer (as Linda Boyland)
Sister A. Daniels ... costume supervisor (as Sister Daniels)
Pamela Dennis ... gowns: and suits designer
Laura Downing ... set costumer
Catharine Fletcher Incaprera ... key costumer (as Catharine Incaprera)
Jennifer Rizzo ... set costumer

Location Management

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Susan Jones ... assistant location manager
Christopher Rock ... assistant locations
J. Bradley Smith ... location manager (as Bradley Smith)
Wade Whitman ... location assistant

Music Department

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Ted Barela ... score recording crew
Charles Bouis ... assistant score recording engineer
Charlie Bouis ... score recordist
Bruce Donnelly ... orchestrator
James Fahlgren ... score recording crew
Arlene Fishbach ... music consultant
Larry Groupé ... orchestrator
Richard A. Harrison ... music editor
Simon James ... music contractor
David Sabee ... orchestra contractor
Armin Steiner ... score mixer / score recordist
Jason Taylor ... assistant score recording engineer
Frank Macchia ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Arno Andrischok ... driver
Ken Arrington ... driver
Mike Barbour ... driver
Robie Dowdy ... driver
Brian Ellis ... driver
Bob Foster ... transportation coordinator (as Robert Foster)
Rob Foster ... driver
James L. Garrett ... driver (as James Garrett)
Hoot Gipson ... driver
Ted Glenn ... driver
Kris Golashesky ... driver
April H. Grantham ... driver (as April Grantham)
BJ Hallett ... driver
Bobby Jones ... driver / transportation captain
Albert Mitchell ... driver
Robert Lee Mitchell ... driver (as Lee Mitchell)
Shelly Newton ... driver
Gerald Nuckols ... driver (as Jerry Nuckols)
Riley Ordoyne ... driver
Tinker Pickens ... driver
Robert Proffitt ... driver
Ellis Pryor ... driver
Bobby Raikes ... driver
Steve Robison ... driver
Ted Robison ... transportation captain
Ronald Taylor ... driver
Darwin Witte ... driver

Other crew

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Jacqueline Astbury ... stand-in
Veronique Bouedo ... production assistant
Lisa Brown ... assistant production coordinator
Andrew Carnwath ... production assistant
Cynthia Carpenter ... contracts: and escrows supervisor
Amanda Curry ... assistant accountant
John De Simio ... publicist
Judy Dickerson ... dialect coach: Gary Oldman
Jessica Driscoll ... production secretary
Meghan Driscoll ... assistant: Mr. Oldman
Andy Edmunds ... film commissioner
Michael E. Fajohn ... medic: Virginia
Karen Golden ... script supervisor
Dave Guertler ... stand-in: Christian Slater
Jim Hanna ... head chef
Nicola Hulme ... assistant: Mr. Bridges
William J. Immerman ... legal services: Kenoff & Machtinger
Jeff Juberget ... production assistant
Harriet Katz-Stevens ... post-production accountant
Victoria Lang ... set production assistant
Matt Lawford ... shortfall insurance
Sloane Lewis ... production assistant
Paula Manzanedo-Schmit ... completion guarantor: Film Finances, Inc.
Amit Mehta ... assistant: Mr. Lurie
Diana M. Mendenhall ... production assistant
Steve Moore ... stand-in: Gary Oldman
Brian Murphy ... production assistant
Nathan Hutch Murray ... production assistant
Robin O'Dell ... stand-in: Joan Allen
Jeremy Roberts ... paymaster
Ken Roy ... representative: Central VA Film Office
Albert G. Ruben ... insurance
Gloria D. Ruiz ... legal services: Kenoff & Machtinger
Nina Saxon ... title designer: New Wave Entertainment
George Sweney ... production accountant
Rex M. Teese ... production assistant (as Rex Teese)
Carol Ann Thomas ... production coordinator
Yori Tondrowski ... production assistant
Dana Kristen Vahle ... helicopter pilot (as Dirk Vahle)
Ty Williams ... production assistant
Rob Coughlin ... gennyman (uncredited)
Dorian Issock ... film development (uncredited)

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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 Ted Johnson

Plot Keywords
Taglines Sometimes you can assassinate a leader without firing a shot. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Rufmord - Jenseits der Moral (Germany)
  • Manipulations (France)
  • Candidata al poder (Spain)
  • Rufmord - Jenseits der Moral (Austria)
  • Претендент (Russia)
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Runtime
  • 126 min
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Box Office

Budget $20,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $5,363,900, 15 Oct 2000
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $22,361,811

Did You Know?

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Trivia President Barack Obama told Entertainment Weekly in 2008 that Jackson Evans (Jeff Bridges) was his favorite movie President. See more »
Goofs Senator Hanson is seen jogging in what is undoubtedly meant to be Arlington National Cemetery. Jogging is not permitted in Arlington National Cemetery, and presumably a U.S. Senator would know better than to be seen disrespecting American veterans in such a way. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in 'The Contender': The Making of a Political Thriller (2000). See more »
Soundtracks Ring Of Fire See more »
Crazy Credits For our daughters See more »
Quotes Laine Hanson: Principles only mean something when you stick to them when its inconvenient.
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