A political thriller about Laine Hanson, a Senator who is nominated to become Vice President following the death of the previous office holder.
During the confirmation process, Laine is the victim of a vicious attack on her personal life in which stories of sexual deviancy are spread. She is torn as to whether she should fight back, or stick to her high principles and refuse to comment on the allegations. Written by Ted Johnson. 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. Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video. Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! IMDb More. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends.
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Senator Laine Hanson is a contender for U. Vice President, but information and disinformation about her past surfaces that threatens to derail her confirmation. Director: Rod Lurie. Writer: Rod Lurie.
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The Contender was conceived by two friends with a penchant for politics, a love of the absurd, and a passion for games. Justin Robert Young is a podcaster and writer. He is very loud and often embarrassing. Justin has loved politics since the year when he watched his high school science teacher in Florida count pieces of ripped paper to determine who would be the leader of the free world.
Only in America! The first game John made was Presidential-opoly. Players traversed this land of opportunity, buying states for their votes. Fortunately for John, Hasbro didn't sue 5th graders for their social studies projects. Fast forward to now, he has been able to come up with a few ideas on his own. Stay up to date with the latest events, news, and deals! Shop Contender Games. School Friendly. Download Teacher's Guide. Thoroughly Researched. Search Our Sources.