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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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

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Rated R for pervasive language | See all certifications »

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After watching Morris stating on a video that extremism cannot be faced with more extremism and that America should understand why its enemies behave as such, Stephen mockingly says "Hello, my name is Neville Chamberlain and I'd like to be your commander-in-chief". This is a reference to the attitude of the British Prime Minister who, before World War II, blindly believed he could negotiate with Adolf Hitler towards peace by appeasement, with disastrous consequences. See more »

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When Stephen and Ida are talking in the bar, the ice in their drinks is at the bottom of the glasses so it must be glass trying to play the part of ice, but doing a poor job. 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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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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Politically Charged Stage Play
14 October 2011 | by jtprius510See all my reviews

Audiences leaving George Clooney's latest Ides Of March will feel like they've just finished a watching a really good play.

What makes sense of this is the fact Ides Of March was adapted from a play. In a play telling an audience everything they need to know always helps, especially when the majority of it are only going to see it once. However the difference in film is the aesthetic liberties it allows its' director and I don't think in this Clooney took enough advantage of that.

There is a part to this movie where a business exchange takes place inside of an escalade parked outside of a barbershop. The words being exchanged within that escalade are left to the audience's imagination because the camera never goes inside, but stands staring at it from across the street. Ides of March could've used a lot more scenes like this, but Clooney played it safe with a conventionally linear story line. And I think Clooney put so much more into the story line than he needed to for the audience's sake.

This film didn't leave enough to the imagination of its' audience. While the actors carried out every single demand of this script, the film itself doesn't leave its' audience with enough to make them want to watch it again. The amount of telling done over this show leaves little to no replay value. It feels like the majority of the aesthetic was put into the script when I think a minimum would've been more than enough. Ides of March's script told me a lot more than I needed to know. It feels like the script told me so much that I forgot some key elements to the story. Then again the liberties he took with the script is exactly what allowed Ryan Gosling to take his character to some extremes.

In terms of acting, with names like Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Paul Giamatti, Clooney delivers an all-star studded Sega Dream-Cast. And in terms of his direction, Clooney really leaves Ides Of March to his roots in the stage. However with that said I'm afraid it all felt a little too staged for the silver screen.

For the sake of cinema I think Clooney could've taken a little more of an aesthetic liberty with this project.


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7 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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$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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