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The Ides of March (2011)

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

Director:

George Clooney

Writers:

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 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
Yuri Sardarov ... Mike (as Yuriy Sardarov)
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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Is This Man Our Next President? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Beau Willimon--the author of the play "Farragut North"--used a Washington D.C. Metro station name for the title of his play because the station is located close to think tanks, lobbyists, and other Federal government advocacy groups. Farragut North station is located on the Metro system's Red Line, just north of Farragut Square, at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. [10.27.2020] See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Featured in Conan: The Fluffer of Seville (2011) 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 On-screen
3 February 2012 | by TroyeEvansSee all my reviews

And to talk about alternate thrillers, put this next to also Academy Award-nominated "Margin Call" for screenplay you easily spot the difference, both in the quality of performances and the power of the script. This thriller-drama revolves around Stephen (Ryan Gosling), a smart staffer for a campaign who learns the true face of politics the quick way.

The script is captivating and it draws the audience at the exact moment the film starts, but what satisfies more than the changes in Gosling from the beginning to the end? Ryan Gosling delivers his transition realistically through events that unfold in front of him, with solid and believable performances scene after scene that prove he is a highly capable actor. Gosling's mask-like portrait of the nameless hero in "Drive" is amazing and exciting, but his performance in "The Ides of March" undoubtedly expose to us more of his if not flawless, masterful and flexible acting abilities. And we shouldn't leave out Hoffman and Giamatti, who are both incredible and perfect for their roles, Paul Zara and Tom Duffy, respectively. Clooney is great, but credits should definitely be given to him for the whole package, for his directing and writing rather than his performance alone. Evan Rachel Wood plays a supporting role as Molly Stearns, who is much related to the entire campaign itself and many characters. She is also the key that motivates Gosling's actions.

"The Ides of March" is certainly one of the most powerful and believable political thrillers or dramas out there, so don't miss this for certain.

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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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