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The Contender

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Original title
The Contender
Running time
126 min.
United States United States
Rod Lurie
Larry Groupé
Denis Maloney
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Dreamworks Pictures / Cinerenta Medienbeteiligungs KB / Battleground / Sesgroup / Cinecontender
Drama | Politics
Synopsis / Plot
After his Vice-president suddenly dies, the President (Jeff Bridges) who is near the end of his final term, decides to leave a legacy by selecting a woman to fill the position. Enter a Senator (Joan Allen), who has shifted from the Republican Party to the Democratic. Initially appearing to be the perfect candidate, an allegation suddenly appears that she had been involved in a sexual orgy as a 19 year old in college. The confirmation committee chairman (Gary Oldman), a Republican, leaks the information to the press, while using the press discussion as a forum to bring it into the hearings. The chairman desires to get a Governor (William Petersen) into the office. The Governor had become a national hero when he attempted to rescue a young woman from a car that crashed from a bridge into deep water near where the Governor had been fishing.
2000: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Actress (Joan Allen), Supp. Actor (Jeff Bridges)
2000: 2 Nominations for Golden Globe: Best Actress (Allen), Supp. Actor (Bridges)
2000: Independent Spirit Awards: 2 Nominations inc. Best Supp. Actress (Allen)
2000: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nom. Best Actress (Allen) & Sup. Actor (Bridges y Oldman)
2000: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Actress (Joan Allen)
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