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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.


David Gordon Green


Peter Straughan (screenplay), Rachel Boynton (documentary)
3,711 ( 660)
2 nominations. See more awards »





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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


May the best campaign win. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Experta en crisis See more »


Box Office


$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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point Sandra Bullock's character quotes Warren Beatty. Beatty and Bullock are alumni of the same high school in Virginia. See more »


When the characters speak in Spanish, most of them have Mexican accents (including and most obviously Eduardo Camacho.) No real Bolivian accents are heard in the movie. See more »


Jane: [the llama walks off the set and is hit by a car] It's like he killed himself rather than be in our commercial.
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References The Hustler (1961) See more »


Impetu Animal
Written by Simón Lujan, Omar Gonzales and Vladimir Perez
Performed by Omar Gonzales, Simón Lujan, Vladimir Perez, Martin Fox and Jimbo Illanes aka Octavia
Courtesy of Dedos Récords
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Source of all evil are the Politicians and the men and women behind them.
20 February 2016 | by Dr_SaganSee all my reviews

There are numerous movies and TV series that are dealing with elections. Most of them are focusing (obviously) in the electoral race and their climax is the outcome of the election. Some of them though have a stronger, more political message. A "morale" if you prefer...

"Our Brand Is Crisis" starts as a comedy but in its epilogue says some hard truths about the world we are living.

Sandra Bullock stars as the depressed campaign manager who essentially wants to beat her opposite colleague (a really thin Billy Bob Thornton) with whom share a past both professionally and personally. She looks really good, especially in the beginning of the film, before she experiences "soroche" (Altitude sickness) in the heights of Bolivia.

The script is intelligent and has a few funny moments, but it is obvious that the winning an electoral race isn't the main theme here. It is what happens after that. How easily could manipulate people, who hasn't realized that his vote it is not only his strongest power, it is his only power.

Politicians have fake promises and lies into their blood stream. They could tell and promise anything so they get elected and then forget about it. You know it, I know it, everyone knows it, but still act and vote without really thinking. "Our Brand Is Crisis" tries to remind that to its audience.

Overall: A movie which easy to watch. Not a "big" movie. Has its moments. Sandy looks good and there is a morale so to make you think twice before you vote in the next elections...

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