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The Ides of March (2011)

R | | Drama | 7 October 2011 (USA)
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An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

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Stephen Meyers is a young idealist who's brilliant at communications, is second in command of Governor Mike Morris's presidential campaign, and is a true believer. In the middle of the Ohio primary, the campaign manager of Morris's opponent asks Meyers to meet; he offers him a job. At the same time, Morris's negotiations for the endorsement of the man in third place, a North Carolina Senator, hit a snag. A young campaign intern, Molly Stearns, gets Stephen's romantic attention. Republicans have a trick up their sleeve; Stephen may be too trusting, and Molly has a secret. What's most important, career, victory, or virtue? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for pervasive language | See all certifications »

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$12,500,000 (estimated)

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$10,470,143 (USA) (7 October 2011)

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$40,962,534 (USA) (6 January 2012)
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Leonardo DiCaprio dropped out of the role of Stephen Meyers, but stayed on as executive producer through his company Appian Way. Chris Pine was then considered before Ryan Gosling was cast. See more »

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At one point in the movie, two characters watch the political commentary show "Hardball" right after waking up in the morning. "Hardball" actually airs twice in the evening, at 5:00PM ET live and 7:00PM ET in rebroadcast. It never airs during the morning. See more »

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Stephen Meyers: I'm not a Christian. I'm not an Atheist. I'm not Jewish. I'm not Muslim. My religion, what I believe in is called the Constitution of United States of America.
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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.13 (2011) See more »

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politics with shocks and twists
23 December 2011 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Ryan Gosling's at his best in dramatic roles and there's no exception here. As things unravel - that happens quickly thanks to the intense plot - Gosling decides that his ambitions are so important that he'll be willing willing to lose his soul. George Clooney has a very strong appeal, he's very convincing, his acting being almost perfect. "Ides of March" has very few flaws, the twists in the plot are not predictable and overall doesn't have any problems connecting with the viewers. Eventually, though there's no character to empathize with, the audience has the impression of a notable film noir, challenging us to come to terms with what politics is nowadays. I've seen intelligent filmmaking and a provocative moral fable.


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