An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

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George Clooney

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George Clooney (screenplay), Grant Heslov (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Gosling ... Stephen Meyers
George Clooney ... Governor Mike Morris
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Paul Zara
Paul Giamatti ... Tom Duffy
Evan Rachel Wood ... Molly Stearns
Marisa Tomei ... Ida Horowicz
Jeffrey Wright ... Senator Thompson
Max Minghella ... Ben Harpen
Jennifer Ehle ... Cindy Morris
Gregory Itzin ... Jack Stearns
Michael Mantell ... Senator Pullman
Yuriy Sardarov ... Mike
Bella Ivory ... Jenny
Maya Sayre ... Sue
Danny Mooney ... Campaign Editor
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Storyline

Stephen Meyers is a young idealist who's brilliant at communications, is second in command of Governor Mike Morris's presidential campaign, and is a true believer. In the middle of the Ohio primary, the campaign manager of Morris's opponent asks Meyers to meet; he offers him a job. At the same time, Morris's negotiations for the endorsement of the man in third place, a North Carolina Senator, hit a snag. A young campaign intern, Molly Stearns, gets Stephen's romantic attention. Republicans have a trick up their sleeve; Stephen may be too trusting, and Molly has a secret. What's most important, career, victory, or virtue? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Ambition seduces. Power corrupts. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language | See all certifications »

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This is George Clooney's only directorial effort placed in a contemporary setting. See more »

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At the end, where Morris tells Stephen there are no phone records, he is mistaken. They can easily track mobile phone calls from Molly's phone to his, and vice-versa. See more »

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[first lines]
Stephen Meyers: I'm not a Christian. I'm not an Atheist. I'm not Jewish. I'm not Muslim. My religion, what I believe in is called the Constitution of United States of America.
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Alternate Versions

Despite the fact that much of the movie was filmed in Ohio, the credits of the theatrical release only say "Filmed on location in Michigan". This was corrected for the home video releases, which read "Filmed in the state of Michigan and the state of Ohio". See more »


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Let's Get Away From It All
Written by Tom Adair and Matt Dennis
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politics with shocks and twists
23 December 2011 | by antoniotiernoSee all my reviews

Ryan Gosling's at his best in dramatic roles and there's no exception here. As things unravel - that happens quickly thanks to the intense plot - Gosling decides that his ambitions are so important that he'll be willing willing to lose his soul. George Clooney has a very strong appeal, he's very convincing, his acting being almost perfect. "Ides of March" has very few flaws, the twists in the plot are not predictable and overall doesn't have any problems connecting with the viewers. Eventually, though there's no character to empathize with, the audience has the impression of a notable film noir, challenging us to come to terms with what politics is nowadays. I've seen intelligent filmmaking and a provocative moral fable.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Farragut North See more »

Filming Locations:

Oxford, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,470,143, 9 October 2011

Gross USA:

$40,962,534

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,338,111
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2.35 : 1
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