House of Cards (2013–2018)
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Chapter 1 

Congressman Francis Underwood has been declined the chair for Secretary of State. He's now gathering his own team to plot his revenge. Zoe Barnes, a reporter for the Washington Herald, will do anything to get her big break.

Director:

David Fincher

Writers:

Michael Dobbs (based on the novels by), Andrew Davies (based on the mini-series by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Francis Underwood
Robin Wright ... Claire Underwood
Kate Mara ... Zoe Barnes
Corey Stoll ... Rep. Peter Russo
Michael Kelly ... Doug Stamper
Sakina Jaffrey ... Linda Vasquez
Kristen Connolly ... Christina Gallagher
Sebastian Arcelus ... Lucas Goodwin
Boris McGiver ... Tom Hammerschmidt
Constance Zimmer ... Janine Skorsky
Jayne Atkinson ... Catherine Durant
Michel Gill ... President Garrett Walker
Dan Ziskie ... VP Matthews (as Dan Ziske)
Elizabeth Norment Elizabeth Norment ... Nancy Kaufberger
Reed Birney ... Rep. Donald Blythe
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Storyline

Congressman Francis Underwood has been declined the chair for Secretary of State. He's now gathering his own team to plot his revenge. Zoe Barnes, a reporter for the Washington Herald, will do anything to get her big break.

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Reg E. Cathey, who plays Freddy, also starred in Se7en (1995) as an autopsy doctor. In that same movie Kevin Spacey starred as John Doe, the villain. Both were directed by David Fincher. See more »

Goofs

The characters are seen taking a Washington Flyer taxicab around D.C. This cab company exclusively serves Dulles International Airport. See more »

Quotes

Francis Underwood: I love that woman. I love her more than sharks love blood.
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Connections

References The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz No. 2
Written by Dmitri Shostakovich
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Off to a Fast Start
26 January 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Frank Underwood immediately makes his presence known immediately when he has no trouble putting a dog out of its misery after it has been struck by a car. This is a perfect beginning to his snake in the grass character. When he is denied the position of Secretary of State he feels betrayed by the President and vows to get back at those whom he feels are responsible. He begins his subterfuge, sharing his dirty dealings with the audience as he finds ways to manipulate everything with a grand plan that will eventually make him the most powerful man in Washington. He aligns himself with Zoe, a reporter who wants to use him as much as he wants to use her. His wife becomes a player, attempting to gain favors to push her environmental agenda. She is almost as ruthless as he, but she hasn't quite the killer instinct. A very fine first effort.


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