The Contender


(out of 5)

 is fantastic as a woman chosen to take over for the late Vice-President, then plunged into controversy when a story surfaces that she once participated in a gang-bang in college that someone happened to photograph. Refusing to play the dirty games some politicians play, she offers no comment on the issue, maintaining that her private life is not for public scrutiny. The Conservative zealot assigned to lead her Vice-Presidency appropriation () believes otherwise. Compelling drama, with a first-rate script and strong direction. Ignore the slightly overdone final speech by  as the President; Allen gives the film its meaning and sums it all up beautifully right before he gets around to speaking.

USA/Germany/United Kingdom, 2000

Directed by

Screenplay by Rod Lurie

Cinematography by

Produced by , , , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2000

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Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jeff Bridges as “President Jackson Evans”)
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Joan Allen as “Laine Hanson”)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Joan Allen)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Jeff Bridges)

Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role (Joan Allen)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Jeff Bridges)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Gary Oldman)

Independent Spirit Award Nominations
Best Female Lead (Joan Allen)
Best Supporting Male (Gary Oldman)

Chicago Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Actress (Joan Allen)



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