The Contender (2000)

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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.




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

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23 August 2009 | 32Ford
Plot is "Republicans bad and Democrats good"
First off,the acting is first rate. So good that the rest of the cast almost performs at the Gary Oldman level. That's high praise,indeed.

With that out of the way,it seems like the real purpose of this movie was to take a cheap shot at Republicans in general,and conservatives in particular. The Dims are saints,and the Republicans are evil.

This message couldn't be clearer than when Joan Allen gave her little speech about "I'm for a woman's choice,I'm for the government taking the guns out every house in the country",etc,etc,etc.,and the speech she made about leaving the Republican Party because it had shifted away from the values that formed this country. That had nothing to do with movie making,and everything to do with political propaganda. Stalin couldn't have came up with a more left-wing rant.

After all,how can you take a movie seriously when it shows a vice- presidential candidate giving a speech to a committee that states she wants to see every gun in the country confiscated by the government? We are supposed to believe the voters would take a direct assault on the Bill of Rights so casually they would elect someone who said that?

It's a damn shame the director and writers of this movie decided it was more important to make a propaganda film than a movie for entertainment.

Not that the Republicans aren't guilty of sleaze. They most certainly are. They are mere amateurs compared to the Dims,though. As the writing,editing,and directing in this movie proves.

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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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