The Contender (2000)

R   |    |  Drama, Thriller

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Senator Laine Hanson is a contender for U.S. Vice President, but information and disinformation about her past surfaces that threatens to derail her confirmation.




  • Gary Oldman stars as Congressman Shelly Runyon
  • Jennifer Beals at an event for The Contender (2000)
  • Congressman Shelly Runyon discusses tactics with Congressman Reginald Webster
  • Joan Allen at an event for The Contender (2000)
  • Joan Allen at an event for The Contender (2000)
  • Joan Allen and Mike Binder in The Contender (2000)

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28 March 2001 | Bil-3
**** Great drama with a powerful lead performance
Excellent drama that threatens to undermine itself in its final ten minutes but never actually does. Joan Allen is fantastic in her first lead role as a woman chosen to take over for the late Vice-President and is thrown for a loop 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 (Gary Oldman) believes otherwise. Compelling drama, with a first-rate script and strong direction. Ignore the slightly overdone final speech by Bridges; Allen gives the film its meaning and sums it all up beautifully right before he gets around to speaking.

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Release Date:

13 October 2000



Country of Origin

USA, Germany, UK

Filming Locations

Santa Clarita, California, USA

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,363,900 15 October 2000

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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