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Spinning Boris (2003)

Russian political elite hires American consultants to help with President Yeltsin's re-election campaign when his approval rating is down to single digits.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... George Gorton
... Dick Dresner
... Joe Shumate
... Felix Braynin (as Boris Krutonog)
... Tatiana Dyachenko
... Lisa
... Andrei Lugov
Vladimir Radian ... Vasso
... Elvis Impersonator
Konstantin Kazakov ... Oleg Soskovets
... Michael Kramer
Maria Syrgiannis ... Female Journalist
Ola Sturik ... Post Office Clerk
Gillian Vanderburgh ... Dick Dresner's Wife
Serge Timokhin ... Hotel Desk Clerk
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Early in 1996, three Republican campaign operatives take a job in secret assisting Boris Yeltsin's reelection. Once in Moscow, they find he's polling at 6 percent with the election a few months away. While Dick Dresner wants to go home, George Gorton and Joe Shumate vote to stay. First, they must get someone's attention; they succeed finally with Yeltsin's daughter. Then it's polling, focus groups, messages and spin. Even as Yeltsin's numbers go up, the trio are unsure who hired them and whether Yeltsin's allies have a different plan in mind than election victory. When the going gets toughest, it's Gorton who puts a spin on our stake: democracy and capitalism must win. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Electing a Russian president the American way.

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The hotel portrayed in the movie where Gorton, Dresner and Shumate stayed and Tatiana ran the campaign was the "President Hotel." This hotel was known as the "Oktiabraskaya" during Soviet Times, and was where the Soviet Politburo stayed when in Moscow. In addition to a Kremlin view and crystal chandeliers, each room was equipped with gas masks, and the hotel compound was said to be secretly linked to the Moscow metro system for occupants to escape or reinforcements to arrive. See more »

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In one of the first scenes, the white cathedral with the golden domes (Cathedral of Christ the Saviour) is depicted in the background. However, this cathedral was destroyed 1931 and rebuilt in 2000. By 1996, the new dome was not yet completed. See more »

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Joe Shumate: He never did say how we'll be gone. By land, by sea, or by bullet.
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BRILLIANT SATIRE
3 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Caught "Spinning Boris" at a preview screening -- and... WOW... This is the best, funniest, sharpest, and meanest movie I've seen in a long time... well, since "Wag the Dog". It also brings to mind "Network" and "Dr. Strangelove" - yes, it's THAT good. The cast is top-notch -- Goldblum, LaPaglia, Shrieber, as three American political consultants in Russia -- create amazing chemistry. Three musketeers, three stooges, three blind mice, three charismatic, brilliant, but incredibly self-involved and self-serving individuals. The script is pure perfection -- witty and clever beyond belief, suspenseful, complex and very, very dark. The director is Roger Spottiswoode (yes, Bond... James Bond) -- here working in a completely different genre... and succeeding on all levels. The film is a 10, to be sure, but it's more than that. A not-to-be-missed movie event. (I understand it was produced by Showtime and will premier on cable. Here's to hoping they promote the hell out of it.) Can't wait to see it again.


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