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Swing Vote (2008)

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In a remarkable turn-of-events, the result of the presidential election comes down to one man's vote.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Bud Johnson
Madeline Carroll ... Molly Johnson
Paula Patton ... Kate Madison
Kelsey Grammer ... President Andrew Boone
Dennis Hopper ... Donald Greenleaf
Nathan Lane ... Art Crumb
Stanley Tucci ... Martin Fox
George Lopez ... John Sweeney
Judge Reinhold ... Walter
Charles Esten ... Lewis (as Charles 'Chip' Esten)
Richard Petty ... Richard Petty
Willie Nelson ... Willie Nelson
Mare Winningham ... Larissa Johnson
Mark Moses ... Attorney General Wyatt
Nana Visitor ... Galena Greenleaf
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Storyline

November, 2004, New Mexico. Bud is a slacker with one good thing in his life, his engaging fifth-grade daughter Molly. On election day, Bud is supposed to meet her at the polling place. When he doesn't show, she sneaks a ballot and is about to vote when the power goes off. It turns out that New Mexico's electoral votes will decide the contest, and there it's tied with one vote needing recasting - Bud's. The world's media and both presidential candidates, including the current President, descend on Bud in anticipation of his re-vote in two weeks. Can the clueless Bud, even with the help of Molly and a local TV reporter, handle this responsibility? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Hey, America, This Guy's for You See more »

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un papá muy poderoso See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,230,669, 3 August 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,284,360, 12 October 2008
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Maher: As himself. See more »

Goofs

When Molly confesses to Kate, the phone is ringing. When Kate watches the "hidden camera" replay, we do not hear the phone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Radio Announcer: After a hotly contested race Americans go to the polls today for what promises to be a very close election. The Republican incumbent Andrew Carrington is hoping to hold on to the Oval Office, taking on Democratic challenger...
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"and introducing Madeline Carroll" See more »

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Features Entertainment Tonight (1981) See more »

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Backyard
Written by John J. Coinman (as John Coinman), Kevin Costner, and Teddy Morgan
Performed by Modern West
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Swing Vote: Really?
29 April 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

I can understand fully why this Kevin Costner movie fell so far under the radar, if the man has any sense he put it there!

It's not that it's a bad film, it's just a mediocre one with one of the most offensively ridiculous concepts of all time.

So we have Bud, a redneck and all round failure at life (Especially to his daughter). His daughter registers him to vote but then due to a fault with the voting booth he becomes the "Swing" voter. Namely this hick has the single handed decision who becomes the President of the United States.

Yep, THAT dumb.

Despite a great cast including Costner, Patton, Tucci, Hopper & Grammer this is a foolish movie.

Yes it is highly accurate in it's presentation of politics but lacks in the comedy and simply isn't as dramatic as it aims to be.

One for hardcore Costner fans only.

The Good:

Bill Maher

Solid cast

The Bad:

Laughable representation of the Republican party

Concept is ridiculous

Too much FOX "News"

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

The writers were high on weed when writing the script and somewhere along the way someone was high on crack for giving it the green light!


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