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: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2012
ISBN: 9786314551537
Branch Call Number: DVD IDES 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Ba_kuPlanet
May 29, 2019

Good quotes & political concepts. Script needed to be beefed up - too long and drawn out.

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Semiconscious
Apr 06, 2019

A regular yawn-fest. Despite its stellar cast, this film is a waste of talented actors. The plot never goes anywhere and it's annoyingly tedious.

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MrsNikki
Mar 01, 2019

💖 great movie

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richibi
Oct 11, 2018

a dream cast pull out all the stops to deliver a riveting political drama - Ryan Gosling is a standout, Philip Seymour Hoffman, R.I.P., shows why he will be sorely missed, George Clooney,
Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, all deliver in utter spades - WOW

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MichelleinBallard
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.

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greatflicks
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.

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gingin1972
Mar 08, 2018

Pretty good movie!

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amary1978
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.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

Director George Clooney heads an outstanding cast in this contemporary fable about power, corruption, and the seductive illusion of moral compromise. With droning newscasts and patriotic photo-ops in the background, 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.

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gsoone
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%

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alexandermorr
Oct 11, 2012

what's the word for false moral democracy?

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MichelleinBallard
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.

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Monolith
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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