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At Theaters: 10/13/2000 On Video: 3/6/2001
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 10 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 229911
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
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When the sitting Vice President dies, Senator Lame 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. Her confirmation hearings set off a firestorm of controversy as shocking secrets from her past are revealed, threatening her personal life as well as her political future.
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Thriller - A sometimes-overplotted political thriller, The Contender is often engaging and, in the midst of the election season, should find a ready audience.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Gary Oldman QUEST FOR CAMELOT, LOST IN SPACE, AIR FORCE ONE
Joan Allen THE ICE STORM, FACE OFF, THE CRUCIBLE
Jeff Bridges SIMPATICO, THE MUSE, ARLINGTON ROAD
Christian Slater VERY BAD THINGS, HARD RAIN
Director: Rod Lurie 4 SECOND DELAY
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About The Production
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PROFANITY: Frequent and extreme.
SEX/NUDITY: Various sexual activities described and depicted, some involving female nudity.
VIOLENCE: No physical violence.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Social drinking and drunkenness, with possible drug use.
ACTION: One rescue scene.
COMEDY: Occasional comic relief.
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For his sophomore effort, filmmaker Rod Lurie has once again turned his attention to the Oval Office. The Contender, a low-key political thriller that relies primarily on character interaction to develop tension, is a close cousin to Lurie's previous cinematic endeavor, Deterrence. However, despite a much larger budget, the writer/director has wisely chosen to limit the scope of The Contender to the domestic arena. This allows for a better focused story with more compelling characters. The Contender asks a key question: can someone with a moral code survive in the national political forum? Taken as a whole, this movie represents a major step forward for the director, and, emerging into theaters as it does in the thick of a presidential election campaign, it may live up to its name at the box office.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 135 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
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Many
Your Probability of
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
4
Fairly Low
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
9
About 50/50
56%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
13
Fairly High
82%
30+Adults (M)
42
Fairly High
74%
30+Adults (F)
67
Fairly High
82%
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When the sitting Vice President dies, Senator Lame Hanson (Joan Allen) is chosen by the President (Jeff Bridges) 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 (Gary Oldman) who will 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.

Lame Hanson has what it takes to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. Now she must prove she has the stomach for what it takes to get the job.

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