The Ides of March

The Ides of March

DVD - 2012
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During the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency.
Publisher: [United States] : Alliance Films : Universal Home Video, [2012]
Branch Call Number: IDE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 13, 2018

Given that it's a Hollywood film starring George Clooney and about a Democratic presidential primary race I wondered if the film would sugar coat the Democrats. I don't think it does.

One example is Gov. Morris' (Clooney) nonsensical claim: "You know how you fight the war on terror? You don't need their product anymore. Their product is oil. Just don't need it and they go away. (audience cheers) We don't have to bomb anyone. We don't have to invade anyone" This is the kind of transparently stupid, yet generally unchallenged, magical thinking that pervades American politics on both sides of the partisan divide. Yes, many American voters are just that ignorant and gullible and most politicians are just that manipulative and dishonest.

See also the "Quotes" tab for a sad bit of all-too-true dialogue from the film that further illustrates my point that the filmmakers didn't candy coat much. I put it in the "Quotes" instead of here because it's a spoiler of sorts.

May 27, 2018

A decent movie, but it just reminds me of the BS that goes on in politics which I think is despicable and I don't feel is very entertaining.

Mar 08, 2018

Pretty good movie!

Jul 14, 2016

I enjoyed this movie very much.

dgeorgia Jun 20, 2015

I was looking forward to this movie, based on previews that I had seen while watching other movies. Honestly, not what I expected. The storyline is flat and doesn't really go anywhere. Little character development and not all lose ends are tied up by the end. Seems to me like a waste of acting talent. I say pass on this movie.

Dec 13, 2014

Director George Clooney heads an outstanding cast in this contemporary fable about power, corruption, and the seductive illusion of moral compromise. It’s the Ohio Primaries and Democratic Governor Mike Morris is involved in a heated battle to become the next presidential candidate. Running his campaign is Paul Zara, a world-weary manager with an almost neurotic obsession with trust issues; and baby-faced Stephen Meyers, a brilliant media spin-doctor whose own slide into bureaucratic cynicism has been halted by Morris’ charismatic personality and unwavering honesty. But when Meyers becomes entangled in a dark scandal involving the man he idolizes, a scandal which would forever ruin the governor’s White House aspirations, the disillusioned young man suddenly finds himself a lone player in a ruthless game of dirty politics and media kowtowing. Against a backdrop of droning newscasts and patriotic photo-ops, Clooney’s passionate examination of one man’s evolution from idealistic pawn to soulless operator unfolds like a perverse morality play. With Morris encompassing all the qualities one could hope for in a future president and Meyers embodying the very essence of youthful zeal the stage is set for a fall from grace which arrives with the impact of a divine lightning bolt. Meyers’ subsequent attempts to protect his tarnished hero slowly chip away at his own sense of integrity until he finds himself becoming the very thing he’s always despised, a transformation underlined by a darkly ambivalent closing shot.

Sep 02, 2014

I liked that the Democrats, who are the media darlings, turned out to be the evil empire.

Jul 09, 2014

I must have seen at least half-a-dozen political films, going back to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. They are never great films, never convince you that you are watching human beings working out their fates--it's always about vote-getting, poll numbers and who can be bought off. This one is no different. As good as Gosling, Hoffman, Clooney and Wood are, the humanity behind the characters is never sufficiently brought out so that you are gripped by their stories.

Feb 05, 2014

This film tells quite the truth about American politics and her dark sides .... and it is especially heart-breaking to see Philips Seymour Hoffman here because of his recent death. His acting was just so fit in here and resonant with those who share his values.

I am surprised not to see more of George Clooney but the focus was actually on Ryan Gosling, considering the hype about George's character. The twist at the end makes people think why our World is so messed up nowadays,.,

Oct 29, 2013

Very enjoyable movie..solid hold you script...perfect casting and excellent acting by all...finally, a decent movie that has a good beginning, middle and a great ending...

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Sep 08, 2016

During the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency. 84%/72%

Oct 11, 2012

what's the word for false moral democracy?


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Jun 14, 2018

"... you broke the only rule in politics. You want to be president? You can start a war, you can lie, you can cheat, you can bankrupt the country but you can't f**k the interns. They'll get you for that." --Stephen Meyers (Gosling), Morris's very recently fired junior campaign manager, speaking to Gov. Mike Morris (Clooney), a Democratic presidential candidate.

Jun 30, 2012

Governor Mike Morris (addressing a campaign audience): "You know how you fight the war on terror? You don't 'need' their product anymore. Their product is oil; just don't 'need' it, and they go away! (audience cheers) You don't have to bomb anyone - you don't have to invade any-one!"

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