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Vice (2018)

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The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

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Adam McKay

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Adam McKay
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Bale ... Dick Cheney
Amy Adams ... Lynne Cheney
Steve Carell ... Donald Rumsfeld
Sam Rockwell ... George W. Bush
Alison Pill ... Mary Cheney
Eddie Marsan ... Paul Wolfowitz
Justin Kirk ... Scooter Libby
LisaGay Hamilton ... Condoleezza Rice
Jesse Plemons ... Kurt
Bill Camp ... Gerald Ford
Don McManus ... David Addington
Lily Rabe ... Liz Cheney
Shea Whigham ... Wayne Vincent
Stephen Adly Guirgis ... George Tenet
Tyler Perry ... Colin Powell
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Storyline

Governor George W. Bush of Texas picks Dick Cheney, the CEO of Halliburton Co, to be his Republican running mate in the 2000 presidential election. No stranger to politics, Cheney's impressive resume includes stints as White House chief of staff, House Minority Whip and defense secretary. When Bush wins by a narrow margin, Cheney begins to use his newfound power to help reshape the country and the world. Written by Jwelch5742

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Based on the True Story You Were Never Supposed to Know. See more »


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Rated R for language and some violent images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

25 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vice See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,768,371, 30 December 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$47,836,282, 11 April 2019
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

For his research on the character of Dick Cheney, director Adam McKay has read Robert Caro's formidable biography of Robert Moses, "The Power Broker," a clever book on a man's rise to power and his struggle to stay there . See more »

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In the movie, all the characters including Cheney family members, pronounce the family name as "chain-y". The Cheney family has always pronounced their name as "cheen-y". See more »

Quotes

Kurt: [Narrating] As the world becomes more and more confusing, we tend to focus on the things that are right there in front of us. While ignoring the massive forces that actually change and shape our lives. With people working longer and longer hours, for less and less. When we do have free time, the last thing we want is complicated analysis of our government, lobbying, international trade agreements, and tax bills. So it's no surprise that when a monotone bureaucratic Vice President came to power ...
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Halfway through the end credits, there's an extra scene with one of the focus groups seen earlier in the film. One of the men starts claiming the film has a liberal bias. Another man starts debating this with him, the argument soon turns to the subject of President Trump and the first man physically attacks the other man for disparaging Trump. Two of the young women then start discussing the latest Fast and Furious movie, which "looks lit". See more »


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Vice - a snarky biopic full of creative energy, for better or worse
19 December 2018 | by sossevarvoSee all my reviews

Adam McKay is in the midst of a career reinvigoration. Will Ferrell couldn't be further from the deadly serious satire of his newest effort Vice, a biopic charting the rise of Dick Cheney, attempting to account for the stupendous amount of power he managed to secure through shrewd. cloak and dagger bureaucratic tactics. To play the portly and grunting Cheney, McKay has enlisted Christian Bale, who once again proves his deftness at changing his body for a role, here sporting a formidable gut. Bale is occasionally arresting as Cheney, his reserved head sways and deep throaty voice exuding a subtle magnetism that spearheads the tale, especially in a memorable fourth wall breaking scene towards the close of the film wherein he assures the audience of his moral integrity. The other main players are competent, as you'd expect from Oscar bait fare of this nature, but barely approach the degree of nuance Bale commands- Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney though proficient in her portrayal can feel slightly one note (which is more a reflection of a script which doesn't afford her very complex characterisation. Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell as Donald Rumsfeld and George W Bush, while entertaining and occasionally amusing, see the potential of great character actors somewhat squandered in favour of caricature. This brings us to the main issue with Vice - a clumsy sense of brio with regards to tone and structure. McKay's feature is almost never boring, but no one would accuse it of subtlety or discipline, especially in comparison to McKay's far superior preceding effort The Big Short. Vice shares that film's kinetic, non-sequitur laden editing style, but is far less complimentary with the narrative at the film's core in Vice's case. The Big Short boasted an immediacy that Vice's decade spanning story can't hope to recreate, and by consequence, the insertion of absurdist humour and archival footage can compromise the actual narrative and render the film more than a little indulgent. It also seems slightly hypocritical; McKay's enthusiastic and hyperactive style is at odds with Vice's "cradle to grave" seemingly conventional biopic structure. While McKay swinging for the fences is occasionally chuckle inducing (the use of narrator in the film is inspired even if it feels laboured at times, and a scene in which the Cheneys recite Shakespearean soliloquys is deserving of recognition) it ultimately leaves Vice feeling far more scattershot and less nourishing as a narrative. Even so, Bale's entertaining performance and McKay's sardonic and gleefully nihilistic energy behind the camera ensures Vice is at the very least constantly diverting and unpredictable.


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