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R| 2 hr. 6 min.

Plot Summary
When the sitting Vice President dies, Senator Laine Hanson is chosen by the President to be the first woman to hold the office. The selection meets with opposition from members of both parties, in particular a powerful political adversary who will seemingly stop at nothing to discredit her. Her confirmation hearings set off a firestorm of controversy as shocking secrets from Hanson's past are revealed, threatening her personal life as well as her political future.

Cast: Joan Allen , Gary Oldman , Jeff Bridges , Sam Elliott , Christian Slater , William Petersen , Philip Baker Hall , Saul Rubinek

Director: Rod Lurie

Genres: Thriller

Distributor: DreamWorks SKG

The Contender (2000)

Release Date: October 13th, 2000|2 hr. 6 min.

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  • April 21, 2009 LARRY
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    This is a topnotch movie. There is a lot to learn here about integrity and the lack thereof. The story subtly takes hold of the viewer, dragging him or her into a very skillfully laid plot. A horoughly enjoyable and intense look at back room politics. The acting is superb by all.

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