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The Ides of March (2011)

Ryan Gosling , George Clooney , George Clooney  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei
  • Directors: George Clooney
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0060ZJ7DA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,515 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ides of March" on IMDb

Special Features

Commentary with George Clooney and Grant Heslov
Believe: George Clooney
On The Campaign: The Cast of The Ides Of March

Editorial Reviews

Director-star George Clooney's The Ides of March is the perfect film to mirror our time, when the approval rating of the United States Congress is at an all-time low and the divisions between the two major parties and their constituents are wider than ever. Everyone'll have some kind of nit to pick with this rather self-serious film. Right-wingers won't like the fact that the central politician (Clooney's Governor Mike Morris of Pennsylvania, who's running for president) is a liberal Democrat who advocates raising taxes on the rich, supports a woman's right to choose, and may be an atheist ("My religion is the Constitution."). But the Left won't be thrilled by the notion that even among the most seemingly high-minded, the desire for victory and the behind-the-scenes maneuverings and compromises made to achieve it easily trump quaint notions like loyalty and integrity, and secrets are like bullets to be fired at close range, where they can do the most damage. The backdrop is the Ohio Democratic primary, a tight race between Morris and a senator from Arkansas. Both candidates have smart, able folks working for them, with Morris's world-weary campaign manager, Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and idealistic press secretary, Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling), countered by the opponent's shrewd campaign leader, Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti). But smart people make mistakes too, and when Stephen meets semi-publicly with Duffy, who tries to lure the young man over to his side, he opens a can of worms with a stink that leads to some very dark places; nor does his dalliance with a young campaign volunteer (Evan Rachel Wood) turn out to be a great idea, to say the least. With Marisa Tomei (as a reporter) and Jeffrey Wright (as an Ohio senator whose endorsement may decide the race) also along for the ride, this is one of the best-cast movies in recent memory, and they're all excellent--especially the ever-reliable Giamatti and Hoffman, whose old political vets have some wonderfully juicy scenes. The dialogue is literate and sharp; the story's twists and turns are, for the most part, surprising enough to keep you in your seat. Best of all, it's another chance to shake our fists at the hubris and cynicism of the people who're supposed to be representing our best interests. --Sam Graham

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Ambition seduces and power corrupts in a nerve-wracking thriller from Academy Award® nominated director George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck). Idealistic campaign worker Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling) has sworn to give all for Governor Mike Morris (Clooney), a wild card presidential candidate whose groundbreaking ideas could change the political landscape. However, a brutal Ohio primary threatens to test Morris's integrity. Stephen gets trapped in the down-and-dirty battle and finds himself caught up in a scandal where the only path to survival is to play both sides. The all-star cast includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood.

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85 of 99 people found the following review helpful
There's nothing that I enjoy more than an adult political thriller with its smarts, scandal and cynicism front and center. Therefore, I was over-the-moon in anticipation for George Clooney's "The Ides of March." Director Clooney has assembled one of the year's most impressive casts including Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, and Clooney himself. It's a dream team and every performance is exemplary. And yet, despite the heavy hitters at the top of their game, the actual story behind "The Ides of March" is pretty familiar and, frankly, a tad underwhelming. I certainly wanted to and expected to like this movie, even love it, but it simply offers little new to the well-worn genre of political drama. Adapted from the 2008 play "Farragut North" by Beau Willimon, the narrative revolves around a Democratic primary with the standard amount of political hubris and idealistic disillusionment. It's really a very tight story highlighting the arc of Gosling's character and while the limited scope might have made for a focused play, it seems all so less-than-shocking (even typical or expected) on the big screen.

Gosling plays a principled staffer working for Governor Mike Morris (Clooney) as he fights to attain his party's nomination in the Democratic primary. Taking place almost exclusively on the campaign trail, we see that Gosling's idealism, savvy, and energetic commitment have made him invaluable to the presidential candidate. He works alongside Hoffman (in another characteristically great performance), spars with Giamatti from the rival candidate's camp, flirts with Wood as a beautiful young intern, is cagey with Tomei as an ambitious reporter, and trades nuggets of wisdom with the great man Clooney.
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39 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Is Ryan Gosling's Year December 12, 2011
Despite the exalted cast in this movie, don't be fooled. it is Ryan Gosling's movie, just like it has been his year in acting in general. This is both the movie's strength and its weakness. In order to give him a dilemma, the screenplay picks a rather hackneyed problem which detracts from all this stellar acting.

George Clooney directed it and he has no problem playing the charming, good looking Democratic governor, who is very reminiscent of JFK. This is all too true of his eye for the ladies as well, which leads into the dilemma at the heart of the movie. Ryan Gosling works for the candidate. He has a fleeting relationship with a young woman, whom it turns out has had an even more fleeting relationship with the Governor.

While he's involved with the young woman, he also gets caught in the cross fire between two more seasoned political veterans played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giametti. Both of them play fairly detestable characters. In fact, the Gosling character is the only one who isn't entrenched in the deep mud of the political world. This movie is his education about what he's let himself in for by choosing politics as his arena. And it's either get down in the mud and play with these old hands or leave.

Most of the action takes place in Cincinnati Ohio because the Governor is running in the important Ohio primary for President. Everyone does a good job but if this was indeed the plot of the stage play, then I would have liked to seen it made less trite for the screenplay. There is nothing in here plot wise that you haven't been watching for decades.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
"The Ides of March" focuses on the dirty game of politics, how we compromise our ideals and, yep, drink the kool-aid when it comes to believing in the political figure we vote for/work for/admire.

George Clooney's film focuses on a brilliant junior campaign manager Stephen Meyers(Ryan Gosling) who discovers that the candidate he believes in for the democratic nomination governor Mike Morris (Clooney in a nice subtle performance)and the campaign manager Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman)mentoring him are playing the game of dirty politics even within the faithful themselves. Zara wants to win at all costs while Morris claims he doesn't want to compromise his ideals when it comes down to the wire he's more than willing to do so to gain the electoral votes from a senator (Jeffrey Wright) that he despises.

The Blu-ray looks marvelous with a top notch transfer. Blacks are deep and rich. Colors don't exactly pop but they are not supposed to as the film has a somewhat subdued palate. Skin tones are nice throughout.

Audio isn't all that active but the film has a nice 5.1 mix with dialogue clear. Subtitles in English are provided.

The cast is top notch with great casting including Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti as the opposing campaign manager, Max Mingella and Rachel Evan Wood as Meyers' love interest. Clooney does a great job of balancing his role as director and co-star in the film avoiding the temptation to make the film about him an dhis performance.

Although well made "The Ideas of March" works best in the first half of the film as Meyers tries to reconcile his idealistic belief in HIS candidate and Paul with what he finds out truly motivates both of them to achieve their goals.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A big yawn from start to finish
This is a very mediocre, forgettable film. I saw it when it came out & all I could remember about it is that Clooney plays a politician who makes some kind of a deal to win an... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Tom Fulery
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ides of March
Well. What can one say about George Clooney and Ryan Gosling except pure talent. What a pair. As for the theme of the movie, I couldn't help but laugh that it came out during the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gwen
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Movie.
This was a fantastic movie with amazing acting. It was George Clonely passing the baton off to Ryan Goesling. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jon B
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty real to life political tale
Based on my own experiences in the political realm, I'd say the ruthlessness in this film was pretty true-to-life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Lee
1.0 out of 5 stars NPR liberal hand-wringing
Smarmy Republicans ensnare white-knight beta-boy during quest that is the liberal equivalent of spiritual weight-lifting, that is, exposing affair between elder do-gooder male... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Goosta
5.0 out of 5 stars One to see
Interesting adaptation of the bard's work and strong performances by all. While some might see it as a negative on one particular political party, this work addresses human... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Diogenes
5.0 out of 5 stars Back-Stabbing Politics Behind-the-Politics in American Presidential...
When political candidates wear their suits, their fine haircuts, and their grins to go in front of the camera, they seem like well-kept up-right people. Read more
Published 2 months ago by classicalsteve
1.0 out of 5 stars Lame, Totally, Lame
Couldn't finish watching this movie because it was so dreary and false. Clooney plays a Hollywood version of what a presidential candidate on the road should be, and it's nowhere... Read more
Published 2 months ago by TEQ
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a watch
Good flick. As 90% of hollywood movies do these days they got their republican jabs in, but still good entertainment.
Published 3 months ago by Jeff A. Coolman
2.0 out of 5 stars doesn't make sense.
this movie loses you at every turn, not because its mysterious or has good plot twists but because it doesn't follow a deliberate plot.
Published 3 months ago by Sean Kerr
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