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The Congressman (2016)

R | | Drama | 9 April 2016 (USA)
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Maine Congressman Charlie Winship has had a bad day. After being caught on video failing to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance, he knocks out another House member, confronts his ... See full summary »







Cast overview, first billed only:
... Charlie Winship
... Rae Blanchard
... Jared Barnes
... Ben
... Laird Devereaux
... Sherm Hawkins
... Harlan Lantier
... Casey Winship
... Matty Pierce
... Bernie Gimpel
... Holly Dean
... Abigail Ross
... Deidre Macavoy
Alexander Cook ... Washington Lobbyist
... Gym Congressman


Maine Congressman Charlie Winship has had a bad day. After being caught on video failing to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance, he knocks out another House member, confronts his angry ex-wife, and faces denunciation by the media for attacking one of the most cherished patriotic symbols in America. As his life spirals out of control, Charlie embarks on a journey to a remote island in the Atlantic whose eccentric inhabitants are in the middle of a shooting war over their fishing grounds. Treat Williams stars as The Congressman in this humorous and moving film that raises the important question of what it means to be an American. Written by Lisa Marantz

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and brief sexual material


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Release Date:

9 April 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Catatonk Blues  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 'fairy house' discovered by Rae and Charlie in the forest was built to order by propmaster Chris Rollins who grew up on Monhegan Island and had long practice from his childhood. Usually there are many such dwellings tucked beneath trees but filming was late in the season and a big storm had passed through so new construction was needed on the spot. See more »


Catatonk Island is supposed to be 20 miles off-shore. This can not be true. There is a scene from the island that shows the mainland in the distance across the ocean. Mohegan Island, where the film was actually shot, is 12 nautical miles (22 km) off-shore, just within the critical distance for being able to see "over" the horizon when viewed from the elevated cliffs. If the island was truly 20 miles off-shore one would not see the mainland just ocean. See more »


Charlie Winship: You know when we're young we think we're going all the way to the top. And then somewhere along the journey most men look up at the summit and they realize that they are never going to get there. So... they stop to enjoy the view.
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This Is The Time
End Credits Song
Written by Thomas Hien & Wolf Wolff
Performed by Thomas Hien
Courtesy of Defend Music
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Thought provoking story set along coast of Maine
20 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

Sometimes life moves at a pace that requires a 'reset' and the beauty of the coast of Maine stirs one's thoughts back to what is important. Treat Williams provides a great portrayal of a career politician, Congressman, who reconnects with the beauty of Maine and the people he represents. Interesting to gain perspective on the life and manipulations in politics. This movie grabs your attention immediately with a kickoff of time represented in pictures. The politics involved make you question how you would handle the situation that arises. The supporting actors are perfectly cast, grasping the lifestyle of a small lobster trapping town facing it's own Goliath. This is amust see film that you will enjoy watching time and time again.

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