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The Congressman (2016)

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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 »


Robert Mrazek





Cast overview, first billed only:
Treat Williams ... Charlie Winship
Elizabeth Marvel ... Rae Blanchard
Ryan Merriman ... Jared Barnes
Chris Conroy ... Ben
George Hamilton ... Laird Devereaux
Marshall Bell ... Sherm Hawkins
Fritz Weaver ... Harlan Lantier
Jayne Atkinson ... Casey Winship
Kim Blacklock ... Matty Pierce
Josh Mostel ... Bernie Gimpel
Cindy Lentol ... Holly Dean
Miriam A. Hyman ... Abigail Ross
Alison Wachtler ... Deidre Macavoy
Alexander Cook Alexander Cook ... Washington Lobbyist
Bradley J. Van Dussen ... 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) See more »

Also Known As:

Catatonk Blues See more »

Filming Locations:

Maine, USA See more »

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Technical Specs



Color (digital)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The production looked hard for a DP equal to the task, someone rugged enough to climb cliffs and walk headlands with heavy gear, capable of improvising set ups and instantly translating the fluctuating natural light of forests and seashore. Joe Arcidiacono did beautifully. He set the pace for the crew. He began most mornings with a run around the island. 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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A modernized, fun-loving, Mr. Smith-Goes-to-Washington-like movie
16 May 2016 | by yogimamaSee all my reviews

The casting and acting were stellar, the dialogue was entertaining and thought-provoking, humor was sprinkled throughout, the pace was quick, character development was excellent, the scenery of Monhegan Island, Maine was gorgeous, capturing many aspects of the island's beauty (forest, coast, village,...),... The highlights for me were the points made about the pledge of allegiance, the importance of nurturing a marriage, and how good this congressman was at listening to his constituents. This movie captured much in a short amount of time.

The timing of "The Congressman" is perfect for this tumultuous time in American history. Written by a retired congressman, who made significant contributions including protecting the Alaskan forest, it captures the essence of what we think a good-hearted congressman would do if he/she was not influenced by forces not in the interest of democracy, the environment, or the people. I haven't seen Mr. Smith Goes to Washington in forty years, but I think that movie had a similar spirit, if I remember correctly.

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