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Reviewed March 25th, 2001 by Len D. Martin


Cast: Gary Oldman (Shelly Runyon), Joan Allen (Laine Hanson), Jeff Bridges (President Jackson Evans), Christian Slater (Reginald Webster), Sam Elliott (Kermit Newman), William L. Petersen (Jack Hathaway), Saul Rubinek (Jerry Tolliver), Philip Baker Hall (Oscar Billings, Laine's father), Mike Binder (Lewis Hollis), Robin Thomas (William Hanson), Mariel Hemingway (Cynthia Lee), Kathryn Morris (Paige Willomina), Kristen Shaw (Fiona Hathaway).

Director: Rod Lurie

Story: The Vice-President is dead. President Jackson Evans has to appoint a new Vice-President and his choice is Senator Laine Hanson. But there is a dark secret in Laine's past. Senator Runyon has learned the secret and now he must discredit Sen. Hanson through any means possible so that his choice, Jack Hathaway, will be nominated. What follows is a contest of wills between Runyon, Hanson, and Jackson in the years most exciting political thriller.

Audio: Presented in English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Surround, and DTS 5.1 Surround.

Video: Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 - Enhanced for 16x9 televisions.

Extras: In-Depth Commentary with Writer/Director Rod Lurie and Award-Winning Actress Joan Allen; Deleted Scenes; Fascinating Behind-the-Scenes Featurette: “The Making of a Political Thriller”; Theatrical Trailer; Production Notes; Cast & Filmmaker Biographies.

Comments: An excellent political thriller that will hold you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. As usual, Gary Oldman gives another outstanding performance.


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