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A political thriller about Laine Hanson, a senator who is nominated to become Vice President following the death of the previous office holder. During the confirmation process, Laine is the victim of a vicious attack on her personal life in which stories of sexual deviancy are spread. She is torn as to whether she should fight back, or stick to her high principles and refuse to comment on the allegations. Although it isn't easy, she sticks to her guns, and in the end she is rewarded for it. (imdb)

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The Contender belongs to 16 collections
1. They Shoot Pictures' Recommended Viewing (public: moderated by Cinephile - 15 stars)
3. American Politics (public: moderated by djross - 4 stars)
4. Political Thriller (public: moderated by Moribunny - 3 stars)
5. President Of The United States (public: moderated by Hailey - 2 stars)
6. Roger Ebert's 4-Star Movies (public: moderated by KirkJiggler - 2 stars)
7. Films available in HD (supplement) (public: moderated by Jorg - 1 star)
8. 2C (private: twisp)
9. 2000: Year in Review (private: polanski28)
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Jan 19 FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
78T8
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75T6
Jan 07 M-B-M
5T6
Jan 05 magicmunke
72T4
Nov 29, 2017 Cocoa
70T8
Sep 12, 2017 freestate
67T5
Aug 17, 2017 toystwo
65T1
Jul 29, 2017 andycarhart
83T9
Jul 28, 2017 erwit
60T3
Jul 15, 2017 haljordan2 haljordan2
1T6
Jun 28, 2017 GoblinKing85
83T10
Jun 13, 2017 silentjake
45T3
Apr 25, 2017 siweq86
80T9
Mar 19, 2017 ombrenuit
78T7
Mar 09, 2017 biodand
5T5
Feb 25, 2017 mCihhh mCihhh
70T6
Feb 25, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
60T5
Feb 05, 2017 Jujujuju
50T1
Jan 14, 2017 cshadows2887
90T6
Nov 15, 2016 Ronin22
58T7
Nov 12, 2016 luc luc
65T5
Nov 03, 2016 jerrywarton
69T7
Oct 27, 2016 jeesh
60T3
Sep 26, 2016 Diggler
78T7
Sep 25, 2016 onurdebalzac
50T2
Sep 22, 2016 mgoodwin
70T5
Jul 25, 2016 anaconda_406 anaconda-406
90T9
Jul 04, 2016 Col_Needham
80T8
Jul 04, 2016 MrWhiplash
80T6
Jun 28, 2016 mgraham
90T8
Jun 07, 2016 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
31T4
May 16, 2016 Mixtzin
2T4
May 15, 2016 SickForay SickForay
70T6
May 15, 2016 Yoshinaruto Yoshinaruto
50T3
Apr 12, 2016 DocBrowne
94T10
Apr 08, 2016 Mencius
70T4
Mar 11, 2016 NightGoat72 NightGoat72
25T2
Mar 06, 2016 Gr8Googly Gr8Googly
84T9
Jan 30, 2016 sacmersault sacmersault
76T7
Jan 14, 2016 groovymovie
90T10
Dec 11, 2015 MichaelOKeef
70T7
Dec 07, 2015 Llanirev Llanirev
60T4
Nov 07, 2015 WarrenWho WarrenWho
70T6
Sep 28, 2015 dumble
70T6
Sep 27, 2015 SnoopyStyle
70T7
Aug 31, 2015 bybrt bybrt
65T6
Aug 15, 2015 mrkhwrdhrmn
60T5
Jul 23, 2015 Fillmore
82T9
Jul 19, 2015 thesar-2
100T10
Jul 05, 2015 lapcat01
67T5
Jun 20, 2015 hsncomert hsncomert
50T5
Jun 17, 2015 Revjhou Revjhou
60T2
Jun 01, 2015 fungusgnat
67T5
May 26, 2015 Emrah1968 Emrah1968
80T4
May 21, 2015 rklenseth rklenseth
80T8
May 18, 2015 dglink
70T4
May 09, 2015 JoeB131
30T4
May 09, 2015 thesar2
100T10
May 09, 2015 namashi
60T3
May 09, 2015 FlashCalahan
70T6
Apr 29, 2015 ferguson
70T6
Apr 25, 2015 2karl-
70T6
Apr 24, 2015 aerrich
50T5
Apr 24, 2015 si-sak
50T3
Apr 24, 2015 OldAle1
70T4
Apr 11, 2015 SirRobbie SirRobbie
70T6
Mar 23, 2015 combsy combsy
80T6
Mar 01, 2015 10kfilms
60T6
Jan 27, 2015 rkosiba31
74T8
Jan 17, 2015 debaser1985
64T4
Jan 10, 2015 mesterlars mesterlars
70T4
Dec 30, 2014 carolamc
80T6
Dec 10, 2014 roger-ebert
40T10
Dec 03, 2014 3dRevelation 3dRevelation
75T7
The Contender is a decent film. It could have been better. It's a bit too dramatic. There's a scene, almost vomit-inducing IMO, where Joan Allen delivers a speech while schmaltzy music plays in the background while the camera slowly zooms in on her face. Allen is quite good, as are Oldman and Elliott. I wasn't convinced by Bridges. Not as good as Advise & Consent.
Nov 22, 2014 worleyjamers
70T7
Oct 14, 2014 gwynplaine gwynplaine
50T2
Oct 09, 2014 Vovin Vovin
65T2
Oct 07, 2014 FitFortDanga MartinTeller
78T7
Oct 04, 2014 jzrhoades
70T8
Sep 28, 2014 odessey odessey
70T7
Sep 14, 2014 cullen
70T6
Sep 13, 2014 Kvist
67T7
Aug 10, 2014 Zipster
80T6
Mostly, The Contender is a clever and educated view of the ways officials are chosen and sabotaged. The last ten minutes make it all a total charade.
Aug 09, 2014 Filligan Filligan
71T3
Political thrillers, by and large, get a pass from me, and The Contender squeaks by. It isn't because the genre is incapable of producing rubbish, but because it's too rare a genre in the first place to find such rubbish. The three headliners make this as watchable as it is, particularly Oldman as the delightfully restrained but oily Republican and Bridges as a Bartlet-inspired powerhouse of Democratic idealism. The ending is pure fantasy, but sometimes politics needs optimism.
Aug 04, 2014 jannisan
70T8
Jul 30, 2014 Sahid Sahid
7T8
Jul 22, 2014 lamby
80T7
Jul 14, 2014 thebalkabaa thebalkabaa
55T4
Jul 01, 2014 muratkrks muratkrks
70T6
Jun 13, 2014 Phelipe Phelipe
75T6
May 16, 2014 nauru nauru
15T2
Some good acting from Gary Oldman but the rest of the film is based around characters who are simply unlikeable -- especially the lead. This is basically a story of what might happen if American politics was essentially a fairy tale where senior politicians care more about social justice principles than they do about amassing more power. And where music plays everytime they make some bullshit speech. Worst ending I've seen in years. Just forget this film and go watch House of Cards instead.
Apr 27, 2014 mjjoao
60T4
Mar 01, 2014 tyluke tyluke
80T7
Feb 18, 2014 PaulSandell
70T7
Feb 13, 2014 robixsmash
60T4
Feb 12, 2014 Baelara
10T1
Feb 06, 2014 benthamite
40T2
Jan 04, 2014 ar656
80T6
Dec 18, 2013 chineyman chineyman
40T3
Dec 01, 2013 joachimt joachimt
60T5
Nov 25, 2013 forgopoulos forgopoulos
75T6
Nov 01, 2013 ericambler
69T5
Oct 21, 2013 Jorg
70T6
Oct 18, 2013 nickwindk nickwin_dk
76T8
Sep 05, 2013 Ytadel Ytadel
6T7
The story is a very interesting one, exploring the intersection of feminism and politics in a thoughtful way that, though the film's second act, I think at least approximates how something like this might actually go down. It unfortunately ends in pure cheese, though, which made me like the movie less than I ultimately would have had it stuck to its more cynical guns. Gary Oldman's sweaty Republican villain is great though, and Sam Elliott kicks ass, even sans mustache.
Sep 02, 2013 Jaifman Jaifman
48T2
Aug 28, 2013 anthony_v anthony v
87T4
Aug 16, 2013 monoglot
60T6
Aug 11, 2013 pbateman
80T7
Aug 10, 2013 Sheldrake Sheldrake
80T9
Aug 01, 2013 Tano96 Tano96
87T7
Jun 14, 2013 I_am_prowler I am prowler
80T10
May 25, 2013 GT086
86T6
Apr 28, 2013 wizard81
72T8
Apr 02, 2013 Stripy Stripy
77T5
Mar 18, 2013 Cronos
90T10
Jan 22, 2013 Popojack
87T7
Jan 17, 2013 kafkalamak kafkalamak
50T1
Jan 13, 2013 verbals verbals
68T2
Jan 13, 2013 grapeshine
71T7
Jan 08, 2013 jrpaulson
90T10
Jan 08, 2013 Woody92 Woody92
82T4
Dec 25, 2012 DePalma
45T4
Dec 09, 2012 DAR37
70T4
Sep 30, 2012 jyt84
77T8
Sep 17, 2012 kristiankarl
84T10
Aug 20, 2012 wadalklakla wadalklakla
55T5
Aug 13, 2012 beyndthinfnt
78T5
Jul 24, 2012 dgeiser13
1T6
Jul 23, 2012 Timmer
52T3
Jul 10, 2012 enorthman
60T5
Jul 08, 2012 nrm4
48T3
Jul 04, 2012 Bondo
74T6
Jul 02, 2012 ECSR
9T9
Jun 23, 2012 WuGambino WuGambino
75T6
Jun 08, 2012 moviesnmore
95T6
Jun 04, 2012 PeregrinVelo PeregrinVelo
73T7
May 28, 2012 Musclebusted
90T4
May 20, 2012 mcaustic
90T10
Apr 22, 2012 Gordon_Cole Gordon Cole
78T7
Apr 11, 2012 Sondergaard
70T6
Feb 26, 2012 Dunstan_xxx Dunstan-xxx
66T6
Feb 14, 2012 drunkenewok
80T9
Feb 14, 2012 Dufftone
70T5
Feb 10, 2012 gofishdino
64T4
Feb 01, 2012 pzingg
83T4
Jan 30, 2012 theone347
89T10
Jan 07, 2012 auhasarderik auhasarderik
7T6
Dec 29, 2011 marcelvidal marcelvidal
72T5
Dec 25, 2011 DougieD
90T9
Dec 11, 2011 MVSCH
70T5
Dec 10, 2011 sthamm88
100T10
Dec 04, 2011 thegreyfox thegreyfox
88T9
What a shame real politicians are not as principled as those portrayed in this excellent film. Superb and subtle performances by Allen, Bridges and Oldman, who are simply a delight to watch ... sometimes a film is both a vehicle to watch brilliant actors at work AS WELL AS a damn good story with a message. A little too "hollywood" at the end, but hey, thats hollywood for you. Highly recommended
Dec 02, 2011 rant1229 rant1229
2T3
Nov 26, 2011 irend812 irend812
78T7
Nov 25, 2011 Maxx2029 Maxx2029
80T6
Nov 11, 2011 goldman2 goldman2
75T8
Nov 04, 2011 Amember
8T6
Nov 03, 2011 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
58T7
Oct 28, 2011 Henrik Henrik
65T5
Oct 02, 2011 wigwam_uk
90T8
Sep 30, 2011 ratedargh ratedargh
60T4
Sep 11, 2011 deadbill
85T5
Sep 06, 2011 jmsenise jmsenise
77T7
Sep 03, 2011 LesterGroans
73T6
Sep 01, 2011 pomattovich
94T9
Aug 21, 2011 toro913
59T6
Aug 08, 2011 Meta_Critic Meta Critic
59T6
Jun 14, 2011 ledcollector
60T5
Jun 01, 2011 DougCollins DougCollins
70T2
May 24, 2011 JohnSandwich JohnSandwich
60T5
Remember it being decent, but severely forgettable I'm afraid - I had forgotten all about it until I browsed Gary Oldman's list of films. Pretty great cast.
May 13, 2011 meanmikhail3
60T3
May 07, 2011 Bradyfan12
85T6
May 06, 2011 gaucho
3T3
Apr 21, 2011 vwgregov vwgregov
70T6
Apr 06, 2011 NRM01
49T3
Apr 04, 2011 VinegarBob VinegarBob
75T7
Feb 12, 2011 OzGrenouille OzGrenouille
73T4
Jan 25, 2011 drawkward86 drawkward86
72T5
Could have been great, but marred by silly theatrics that do nothing but contrive reasons for the actors to do and say great things; the final ten minutes are especially preachy and cliché-ridden. Allen, Bridges, and Oldman, three of the greatest actors alive, rise above it all to form an incredible trifecta.
Jan 22, 2011 nbabich
87T6
Dec 30, 2010 Jehan Jehan
50T2
Dec 26, 2010 lebnof lebnof
55T6
Dec 25, 2010 moviefreak moviefreak
80T5
Dec 24, 2010 jakartan jakartan
58T3
Nov 22, 2010 MrE2Me MrE2Me
75T5
Nov 21, 2010 Knoddus
80T6
Nov 21, 2010 ilsensine
90T10
Nov 01, 2010 screentime
67T5
Nov 01, 2010 ari
59T5
Oct 30, 2010 glumpy99 glumpy_99
93T9
Oct 22, 2010 Jerky Jerky
70T10
Oct 21, 2010 SeanBerndorff SeanBerndorff
60T5
Oct 10, 2010 Berandor
60T5
Oct 08, 2010 winds winds
4T3
Sep 29, 2010 ecalder ecalder
60T5
Sep 24, 2010 Bunken Bunken
70T8
Sep 22, 2010 cronick cronick
86T9
Sep 21, 2010 Daffy6964 Daffy6964
86T9
Sep 19, 2010 hellboy76 hellboy76
67T6
Overlooked little fuck drama. Allen, Bridges and Oldman are all solid and Sam Elliott with his "But one thing they can't stomach is the image of a Vice President with a mouth full of cock!" rant had me giggling for days.
Sep 12, 2010 DavidBlast DavidBlast
50T5
Decent enough "Did she fuck'em?" suspense flick that is lifted by Gary Oldman and his wonderful wig and Jeff Bridge's ever hungry suave, before crashing surely and securely into a piss pot of moralizing Hollywood mush. *Spoiler* I don't wanna give the show away folks, and I say this knowing perfectly well that it's Joan Allen we're talking about... but this film would have been so much better if she had fucked them, and we had watched.
Sep 11, 2010 cwratliff
89T6
Sep 09, 2010 Roberta Roberta
74T5
Sep 01, 2010 dillybravo
85T5
Aug 31, 2010 AAAutin AAAutin
62T9
Aug 28, 2010 OnTarget On_Target
70T7
Aug 23, 2010 hannabelle88 hannabelle88
70T7
Aug 18, 2010 calinki calinki
75T6
Aug 16, 2010 lotr23 lotr23
60T6
Aug 16, 2010 Kenna Kenna
89T6
Aug 12, 2010 Suldrup Suldrup
70T7
Aug 05, 2010 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
69T5
Aug 05, 2010 Regehr215
85T9
Aug 01, 2010 CCLZA CCLZA
70T6
Jul 31, 2010 Princezz Princezz
70T6
Jul 16, 2010 admiralmpj
52T2
Jul 14, 2010 Deadmarsh Deadmarsh
70T6
Jul 01, 2010 Janne
75T8
Jun 03, 2010 carpuzz
60T4
Jun 03, 2010 rino
76T4
May 23, 2010 dres d_r_e_s_
3T6
May 08, 2010 Tjekhov Tjekhov
70T7
Apr 26, 2010 Dorkovsky Dorkovsky
5T7
Apr 20, 2010 cloondog
63T7
Apr 04, 2010 buser333 buser333
56T7
Mar 11, 2010 korbenPL korbenPL
55T8
Feb 27, 2010 jeffv jeff_v
43T1
Feb 16, 2010 empire434
64T5
Feb 12, 2010 billkerwin billkerwin
78T4
An excellent performance by Joan Allen, but neither the screenplay nor the direction are noteworthy.
Feb 09, 2010 pestbear
83T6
Feb 09, 2010 Fetsch
70T6
Feb 06, 2010 Warren Warren
76T4
Feb 05, 2010 karen713
80T7
Jan 27, 2010 DGNovack
87T5
Jan 09, 2010 ldpfilm ldpfilm
71T3
Jan 04, 2010 nickabc nickabc
80T8
Jan 02, 2010 sirphibes sirphibes
70T6
Jan 01, 2010 DLawrence
77T6
Dec 23, 2009 Pickpocket1
15T2
Dec 13, 2009 philivan philivan
42T3
Nov 27, 2009 2dumbblondes 2dumbblondes
100T6
Nov 26, 2009 Prismatic Prismatic
76T5
Nov 24, 2009 Ofterdingen Ofterdingen
74T9
Nov 22, 2009 Jazzaloha
66T5
Nov 12, 2009 mattybgame
59T5
Nov 02, 2009 AddisondeWit
68T5
Sep 22, 2009 afail
77T4
Sep 16, 2009 mlpgaffney mlpgaffney
82T6
Sep 14, 2009 driscarpin driscarpin
69T6
Sep 11, 2009 negative
2T6
Sep 08, 2009 DougReese DougReese
75T8
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