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Swing Vote (2008)

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In a remarkable turn-of-events, the result of the presidential election comes down to one man's vote.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Bud Johnson
Madeline Carroll ... Molly Johnson
Paula Patton ... Kate Madison
Kelsey Grammer ... President Andrew Boone
Dennis Hopper ... Donald Greenleaf
Nathan Lane ... Art Crumb
Stanley Tucci ... Martin Fox
George Lopez ... John Sweeney
Judge Reinhold ... Walter
Charles Esten ... Lewis (as Charles 'Chip' Esten)
Richard Petty ... Richard Petty
Willie Nelson ... Willie Nelson
Mare Winningham ... Larissa Johnson
Mark Moses ... Attorney General Wyatt
Nana Visitor ... Galena Greenleaf
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Storyline

November, 2004, New Mexico. Bud is a slacker with one good thing in his life, his engaging fifth-grade daughter Molly. On election day, Bud is supposed to meet her at the polling place. When he doesn't show, she sneaks a ballot and is about to vote when the power goes off. It turns out that New Mexico's electoral votes will decide the contest, and there it's tied with one vote needing recasting - Bud's. The world's media and both presidential candidates, including the current President, descend on Bud in anticipation of his re-vote in two weeks. Can the clueless Bud, even with the help of Molly and a local TV reporter, handle this responsibility? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Cast your vote for a comedy of Presidential proportions . . . See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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Campbell Brown: As herself. See more »

Goofs

When Bud and the President are talking on Air Force One one of the glasses disappears from the table and in the next shot both glasses are there again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Radio Announcer: After a hotly contested race, Americans go to the polls today in what promises to be a very close election. The Republican Andrew Boone, hoping to hold on to the Oval Office by edging out the Democratic challenger Donald Greenleaf.
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"and introducing Madeline Carroll" See more »

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Features Larry King Live (1985) See more »

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Washington Post March
Written by John Philip Sousa
Arranged by Harry Edwards
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Inspired. So glad I went.
3 August 2008 | by smacarteSee all my reviews

I expected little after the lukewarm critical response. The film is not a scathing satire of right-wing hypocrisy. But it is inspired. And rare for this genre, balanced. It's target is voter complacency and the winning-is-everything bloodsport of the presidential race. Believe it or not the film makes a good case for voting as a moral choice, a choice we should take seriously. Not the stuff of Hollywood hilarity for sure. Yet it is well-acted, charming and original. Hard to guess where the story is going. Great laughs are better for being unexpected.

Liberal-leaning viewers and critics may have been disappointed based on a trailer showing Dennis Hopper as a rapid pro-life candidate. The story here is about voters. And how far our major political parties are willing to go to court the swing vote. The genius of this film is that it takes targeted campaigning to its logical conclusion. This is the stuff professional persuaders are more and more paid to do.

Not perfectly executed, but an inspired premise with better than expected follow-though. A treat. So glad I went.

P.S. full disclosure, I am a very liberal Democrat.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Swing Vote See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,230,669, 3 August 2008

Gross USA:

$16,289,867

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,635,397
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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