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Election (1999)

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A high school teacher meets his match in an over-achieving student politician.

Director:

Alexander Payne

Writers:

Tom Perrotta (novel), Alexander Payne (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 16 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Broderick ... Jim McAllister
Reese Witherspoon ... Tracy Flick
Chris Klein ... Paul Metzler
Jessica Campbell ... Tammy Metzler
Mark Harelik ... Dave Novotny
Phil Reeves ... Walt Hendricks
Molly Hagan ... Diane McAllister
Delaney Driscoll ... Linda Novotny
Colleen Camp ... Judith R. Flick
Frankie Ingrassia ... Lisa Flanagan
Matt Malloy ... Vice-Principal Ron Bell
Jeanine Jackson ... Jo Metzler
Holmes Osborne ... Dick Metzler
Loren Nelson ... Custodian
Emily Martin Emily Martin ... Girl in Crisis
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Storyline

The high school Class President election is approaching and it looks like Tracy Flick is going to win, unopposed. However, teacher Jim McAllister has other plans. He convinces jock Paul Metzler to run, sparking off an interesting chain of events. Written by grantss

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Reading, Writing, Revenge.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, sex-related dialogue and language, and a scene of drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

A very similar movie, about the rivalry between a teen and an adult, came out a year earlier titled Rushmore; starring Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. Again it had a precocious teen competing with an adult who was doing all sorts of crazy things to stop him. The Breakfast Club and Whiplash also feature intensely competitive and confrontational relationships between student and teacher. See more »

Goofs

If you pause on the first article relating the story of Mr. McAllister's involvement in Tracy's losing the election, you can read that Tracy is "the daughter of Barbara Flick". When Tracy's mother is sealing an envelope earlier in the movie, her return address clearly states "Judith Flick". See more »

Quotes

Jim McAllister: [driving his friend Linda home after taking her to the mall] So, what do you think? Should we get a room?
[he points to a motel]
Linda Novotny: That's not funny.
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Crazy Credits

The end titles include four "The producers wish to thank the following:" cards, one "Very Special Thanks to:" card, and one "Extra Very Special Thanks to:" card. See more »

Connections

References Starship Troopers (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

El Tostado
Written by Joey Altruda (as Joey Altruda)
Performed by Joey Altruda
Joey Altruda performs courtesy of Will Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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A fun, cynical film
29 April 2002 | by Agent10See all my reviews

For some reason, this film has always brought a laugh to the bottom of stomach. Some people may call it boring due to the fact its not some gross-out teen comedy, but this is really the antithesis of a great satire. One can't see the scaly nature of politics simply because its always drowned in newspeak and bad reporting. But to see it at this level of understanding, it proves to be quite entertaining. It also provides a precursor to our most recent (2000) election. We have the longtime politician, the incompetent who people like, and the iconoclast who wants to shake up government. And of course, there is the cheating regulator who gets the wrong person elected for his own slimy means. Who would have guessed life would imitate art. A great film for all to see. Matthew Broderick is at his best, Reese Witherspoon really sells her role, and I actually tolerated Chris Klein's role in this film.


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Official Sites:

Criterion | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Election See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$119,080, 25 April 1999

Gross USA:

$14,902,041

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,902,041
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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