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Recount (2008)

TV-MA | | Drama, History | TV Movie 25 May 2008
A chronicle of the weeks after the 2000 U.S. Presidential election, and the subsequent recounts in Florida.

Director:

Jay Roach

Writer:

Danny Strong
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Ron Klain
Bob Balaban ... Ben Ginsberg
Ed Begley Jr. ... David Boies
Laura Dern ... Katherine Harris
John Hurt ... Warren Christopher
Denis Leary ... Michael Whouley
Bruce McGill ... Mac Stipanovich
Tom Wilkinson ... James Baker
Bruce Altman ... Mitchell Berger
Jayne Atkinson ... Theresa LePore
Gary Basaraba ... Clay Roberts
Derek Cecil ... Jeremy Bash
Eve Gordon ... Monica Klain
Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Carol Roberts
Mitch Pileggi ... Bill Daley
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Storyline

In this dramatization of the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore concedes the presidency to George W. Bush, but recants when he learns of irregularities in the Florida vote count. Democratic strategists Ronald Klain and Michael Whouley race to Florida to uncover the truth, as do Republicans under James Baker III. Between faulty voting equipment and the vagaries of Florida's Secretary of State Katherine Harris, a 36-day stalemate ensues. Written by Jwelch5742

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The future of the nation was hanging by a chad. See more »

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Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Recount: The Story of the 2000 Presidential Election See more »

Filming Locations:

Jacksonville, Florida, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Because of the extensive parody of Katherine Harris in the media, Laura Dern expressed great apprehension over how to approach the character. Dern convinced Director Jay Roach to allow her at least three takes for every scene: one underplayed, one "medium," and one way over-the-top, so Roach could help guide her performance. See more »

Goofs

Ben Ginsberg states that Bill Daley's father "stole it for JFK," referring to the belief that Chicago mayor Richard Daley rigged the vote in Illinois in 1960. Kennedy would have still won the electoral college without Illinois. See more »

Quotes

Michael Whouley: Listen, everybody feels the same way about what happened to you with the campaign, okay? But Gore went with Coelho because he knew Tony was a fighter. And Tony proved it when he pushed you out. All right? Now, it's time to prove to Al Gore who the real Ron fucking Klain really is. It's time to show Al Gore that Ron Klain is a fucking brawler and that he's not gonna back down from this particular fucking fight.
Ron Klain: Anyone ever tell you say 'fuck' a lot?
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I Won't Back Down
Written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne
Performed by Tom Petty
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Very Well Done
27 May 2008 | by bollacksSee all my reviews

I could not turn away from this movie- not because the outcome was unclear or because I was unfamiliar with the events (I took a class in college the next year entirely dedicated to this debacle) I just found the acting so compelling.

The actors did a fantastic job- they created tension even when I knew what the Supreme Court would say- If you are a political junkie and have not been drinking from your respective party's kool-aid jug for too long you will enjoy this movie.

Those that take offense to this film clearly are delusional about their party or candidates- they can't acknowledge that their side will go to the same lengths as the other guy to win- Recount is not a social commentary on voter fraud- it is a behind the scenes look at the recount teams for Gore and Bush and how they strategized and plotted to WIN-

That does not mean Recount seeks to establish who WON the election- only that there were two camps who wanted to, which we already knew before the vote was so ridiculously close. And I don't see how the film could have done a better job showing us this-


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