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Political Movies 


Election (1999)


Our 1999 series continues with the Alexander Payne's ELECTION starring Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Klein.

Reading, Writing, Revenge.

Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 92%, the Critics Consensus: "Election successfully combines dark humor and intelligent writing in this very witty and enjoyable film."


Synopsis: A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president.

Mr Smith Goes To Washington (1939)


Part of our 1939 Series!

The Nov 9th, 5pm show will include an intro and Q and A with UC Film Professor Joe Horine!

Synopsis: The naïve Jeff Smith (James Stewart) is appointed as a U.S. Senator by a corrupt political party machine headed by the Governor, a publisher and Senator Paine (Claude Rains). Paine, hoping to keep Senator Smith from prying into a pending bill for an unnecessary but profitable dam, suggests to Smith that he sponsor a bill for his own pet project, a boys’ camp. Meanwhile, Smith’s disillusioned secretary, Saunders (Jean Arthur), who is on Paine’s payroll, has fallen in love with Mr. Smith. She informs him that the dam and camp share the same land site! Shocked, Mr. Smith threatens Paine with exposure, but Paine tells the senate that Smith owns the land. Mr. Smith fights back with a heroic one-man filibuster.


Good Night and Good Luck (2005)


Earning 6 Oscar Nominations, This star studded film takes us back to the mid-1950's where Edward R. Murrow and his producer, Fred Friendly, help bring an end to the tyranny of the blacklist and the House Un-American Activities Committee's anti-Communist hearings. With the platform provided by his CBS News program "See It Now," Murrow challenges Joseph McCarthy on his claims that hundreds of avowed Communists are working covertly as Soviet spies in the U.S. government, among other allegations, and that they have the power to destroy lives and careers.

Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 93%, the Critics Consensus: "A passionate and concise cinematic civics lesson, Good Night, And Good Luck has plenty to say about today's political and cultural climate, and its ensemble cast is stellar."

Wag The Dog (1998)


Starring Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro and Anne Heche.

Why does a dog wag its tail? Because a dog is smarter than its tail. If the tail were smarter, the tail would wag the dog.

Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 85%, the Critics Consensus: "Smart, well-acted, and uncomfortably prescient political satire from director Barry Levinson and and all-star cast."

Synopsis: Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a Presidential sex scandal.

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