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KathyF

Hmmm. You liked it? On TNR it was panned, with the caveat that those in the know--political types--would not buy it. Also, is this the film that's supposed to be about the Andean campaign, or is that another one?

KathyF

I meant DEAN campaign, stupid iPad!

Earl Bockenfeld

KathyF while Co-scripter Willimon did work on the Dean Presidential campaign, he has gone on record saying that the film fictionalizes and blends aspects of many different real-life people and politicians to create its characters. In Gov. Morris, it's easy to see John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and John Edwards as possible inspirations for the character's "charisma, compromises, and weaknesses."

Willimon, in 2004, worked for the Dean campaign, and even though he takes great pains to note that the play was fictional, he admits that the whole play was informed by his experiences working for Dean. I have always felt bad for Howard Dean. He lost his voice/pitch in an otherwise impassionate yelp to get the crowd excited and over a disappointing showing in Iowa. I am not sure if he would have made a strong showing later in his campaign, but what a poor clip to have yourself be defined by.

Dan Leo

Okay! Now I want to see the movie! And, really, it's hard to resist the prospect of Hoffman and Giametti in the same flick...

loretta

A few comments. Clooney essentially plays the same character in every performance since his breakthrough role as Dr. Doug Ross on "E.R." In my latest ambition to watch some of the best 90s TV that I missed those years, I watched most of the first 8 seasons of "E.R.", where I think, in retrospect, Clooney did some of his best work.

As far as "The Ides of March" it was based on a play and I think it is less interesting as a film. There are no interesting things visually in this movie - everything is about dialogue - phone calls, conversations between two people. I think I would have preferred it as a play. What have we in the movie? Ryan Gosling driving; Ryan Gosling on the phone, Ryan Gosling in a hotel room, Ryan Gosling in a restaurant. ZZZZZ

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