The Contender Movie Review Summary

Actors: Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, Gary Oldman

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The Vice President has died in office, and President Jackson Evans (Bridges) nominates a woman, Senator Laine Hanson (Allen), to replace him. The confirmation process turns ugly, however: rumors of a video that show Hansen participating in an orgy as a 19-year-old in college surface, and Republican Senator Sheldon Runyon (Oldman), who would prefer to see Governor Jack Hathaway (Petersen) as the new Vice President, holds hearings on the matter. Hanson must decide whether to go the high road and stick by her principles or fight back (and dirty) against the charges. This is a solid 2000 political thriller that never quite gets beyond very good. Allen is particularly fine, and Oldman hams it up a bit as a crusty conservative.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

After the death of the Vice-President of the United States, the current president (Jeff Bridges) must select a candidate to fill the position. However his selection, Senator Hansen (Joan Allen) causes more trouble than expected when Committee Chairman (Gary Oldman) opposes her by bringing scandelous material to the committee's attention in order to discredit her and select a different candidate. A very well thought out movie with a great storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed Oldman's character as a conservative, pro-life man concerned with the national good, even though he is portrayed as the antagonist. Overall an excellent film, with a interesting twist at the end.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 Legal/Political Thriller?    -   Yes Political Plotlets:    -   power struggle between good/bad govt factions    -   govt officials abusing power Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of story:    -   orgies! Legal Thriller Plotlets:    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   Washington D.C. Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   resort/hotel    -   building

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   orgies    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing full frontal--women Unusual forms of death    -   drowned Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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