The Contender (2000) – Encore Review 2


The Contender – Key Art – JPG

“Baby, power is where power goes.” – Oscar Billings

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 (23 Jul 2001 in Theater, DVD, 27 Jun 2013, 28 Sep 2016 and 4 Feb 2022)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – After the vice President’s death, the President must find a new replacement who can pass through the scrutiny of Congress.

My Take on it – This is such an amazing film that I have enjoyed ever since I first saw it over twenty years ago.

Rod Lurie is a great director and writer and helps make this such a thrilling political story that still feels so relevant in the current political environment.

The story has some great twists and turns along the way and stays so suspenseful and thrilling as various storylines move along simultaneously.

The cast is superb with Joan Allen, Gary Oldman, Christian Slater, Sam Elliott, William Peterson and Jeff Bridges all keeping things so enjoyable and engaging.

The dialogue is crisp and powerful as the characters’ verbal debates are so profound and poignant.

The film has some great scenes that keep raising the level of suspense throughout.

They do a wonderful job trying to deal with the idea of whether personal and public lives of people in the limelight should be kept separate or not.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Rod Lurie said he first offered the role of President Jackson Evans to Paul Newman, and then to Gregory Peck. Newman, then in semi-retirement, declined, as did Peck, claiming he was “too damn old” for the role. In response, Lurie re-wrote President Evans’ character to be younger, and then cast Jeff Bridges. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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