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Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)

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A battle-hardened American political consultant is sent to help re-elect a controversial president in Bolivia, where she must compete with a long-term rival working for another candidate.

Director:

David Gordon Green

Writers:

Rachel Boynton (suggested by the documentary), Peter Straughan (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Bullock ... Jane
Billy Bob Thornton ... Pat Candy
Anthony Mackie ... Ben
Joaquim de Almeida ... Castillo
Ann Dowd ... Nell
Scoot McNairy ... Buckley
Zoe Kazan ... LeBlanc
Dominic Flores ... Hugo
Reynaldo Pacheco ... Eddie
Louis Arcella ... Rivera
Octavio Gómez Berríos ... Pepe
Luis Chávez ... Abraham
Azucena Diaz Azucena Diaz ... Claudia - Talk Show Host
Damian Delgado Damian Delgado ... Velasco
Nina Leon ... Rivera Reporter
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Storyline

In 2002, Bolivian politician Pedro Gallo hires American James Carville's political consulting firm, Greenberg Carville Shrum, to help him win the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. GCS brings in Jane Bodine to manage the campaign in Bolivia. Battling her arch nemesis, the opposition's political consultant Pat Candy. Written by Gerry Garcia

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From the Academy Award winning producers of ARGO See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Experta en crisis See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,238,433, 30 October 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,998,324, 13 December 2015
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Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2008 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

Goofs

Spanish mistake: the opposing candidate says that hes a "sensitivo" candidate. That's not a Spanish word! It should be "sensible". See more »

Quotes

Jane: That's the world, that's politics. That's how it works. It starts out with big promises and ends up with jackshit happening. But like the man said: "If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal."
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References The Hustler (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Spanish Dances, Op. 23: No. 5, Playera
Written by Pablo de Sarasate
Performed by Jaime Laredo, Violin and Margo Garrett, Piano
Courtesy of Dorian Recordings
By arrangement with Source/Q and Naxos
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'If you don't like the road you're on, starting paving another one'
27 February 2016 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Director David Gordon Green has absorbed the story (screenplay by Peter Straughan based on Rachel Boynton's documentary) and in addition to creating a tense film about political corruption in Bolivia, he places before the public the corrupt tricky shenanigans inherent in US politics that we are watching daily on television and other sources of media manipulation as the contenders for presidential candidate throw even more crude moments our way. It is well-timed film – if only people will take the time to watch it.

The plot is well summarized: 'In 2002, Bolivian politician Pedro Gallo hires American James Carville's political consulting firm, Greenberg Carville Shrum, to help him win the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. GCS brings in Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock) to manage the campaign in Bolivia. Battling her arch nemesis, the opposition's political consultant Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton), Bodine successfully uses American political campaign strategies to lead Gallo (Joaquim de Almeida) to victory against Victor Rivera (Louis Arcella). The depths to which these manipulators stoop are at first surprising until we realize that politics is a game run by media writers and crisis managers and money. Then we feel privy to the rotten side of political campaigns and realize we are all watching it live at this moment.

An eye opener – or is it? The performances by Bullock, Thornton, and de Almeida are excellent as are those by the supporting cast, which includes Anthony Mackie, Ann Dowd, Dominic Flores, and impressive newcomer Reynaldo Pacheco.

Worthy of your attention if you can tolerate the undressing of politics. Grady Harp, February 16


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