The Contender

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  126 min.
Release Date: October 13, 2000

Current rating: Rating: 4.42
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Cast: Gary Oldman, Joan Allen, Philip Baker Hall, Christian Slater, Jeff Bridges, Sam Elliott, Mariel Hemingway


After the Vice President dies, the president (Bridges) chooses senator Laine Hanson (Allen) to take his place, making her the first woman to hold that office. His choice meets with opposition from members of both parties, especially a political adversary (Oldman) who will do anything to discredit her. As she begins to go through the confirmation hearing process, controversy erupts as shocking secrets are revealed from her past, which threaten both her personal life and political future.

Now, more than ever, she must prove she has the stomach to get the job.

Director: Rod Lurie
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
Producer(s): Gary Oldman, Marc Frydman
Screenplay: Rod Lurie
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