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I have no doubt the recount was more exhausting for those running the campaigns, simply because they were doing all the hard work; both candidates did nothing more than wait for the end result. Overseeing much of Gore's campaign was his former Chief of Staff, Ron Klain (Kevin Spacey), a loyal Democrat embittered after being replaced, first by Tony Coelho, then by Bill Daley (Mitch Pileggi). On election day--November 7--the Gore team gets word of a problem in Palm Beach County, Florida: a number of voters, confused by the ballot voting system, felt they had accidentally voted for Independent Pat Buchanan. This led to a number of TV networks receiving differing poll numbers by the end of the day, some confirming Gore's victory, others confirming Bush's.Read more ›
There are details and personality involvements that even the most politically active person was probably not aware of that the production reveals, making it worth your time and attention. No matter how many hours you watched CNN when this historical drama unfolded, you will learn things about the Florida recount that you did not know.
If you are a history buff, you will want to add this to your collection. It is right up there with "Missiles of October."
The narrative is slightly biased toward the Gore camp, but is even-handed enough that the viewer also gets to see how the Bush side interpreted the situation. The final arguments to the Supreme Court are faithfully reproduced and help explain the issues that ultimately decided the case, especially the violation of the Equal Protection Clause resulting from having different standards for counting votes in different counties.
I remember thinking at the time, like many people, that the Supreme Court had simply stolen the election for Bush. But after watching this film, I came away with a deeper understanding of the legal reasoning that led to the Supreme Court's decision.
In retelling the story, the film raises many provocative questions about our system and the process of counting votes. The central question remains: in a close election where the instructions and voting mechanisms are clearly imperfect, is it any more fair to use a subjective and inconsistent system of trying to ascertain the intent of the voter? The Court said no, but your opinion will probably be based on who you supported in the election.
The movie does a great job of showing what went on behind the scenes, including the strategies of both sides, that led to the final outcome. (I guess I don't need to worry about disclosing the ending.)
If you watch this movie and still think we live in a democratic country, you need to see it again.
I've been borderline obsessed with the 2000 election for just shy of 16 years now and yes, all of these things really did happen. The film gets the major points pretty spot on, but some of the illegal and/or unethical tactics used by the GOP were not included. (For example, in this situation, Congress should have been the branch to make the final decision according to the Constitution, but Bush had ties to most of the Supreme Court justices.)
This film is especially interesting in the midst of the chaos/circus of our current presidential race. I hope people see this and begin to see our election process from a new perspective and be inspired to fight to get our democracy back.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Now I understand how Shrub was fraudulently elected. The Supreme's should be ashamed of what they did. The Florida Secretary of State should have done jail time.Published 2 months ago by bruce baglien
In light of the current election, it is a reminder of just how close an election can be and that if you want your voice to be heard make sure that your state has proper election... Read morePublished 2 months ago by M2
Great cast and still a mind-boggling story. I guess the best we can say about this bit of history is that we didn't have civil war or tanks in our streets. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Liz Collins
Truly great film. Haven't seen it since shortly after its release. Worth seeing again, if for no other reason than to remind you the sorry legacy of Baker, Bush, Harris and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Articulate Texas
That is a very impressive story with all the details and great casting. House of Cards fan will love this one with every aspect. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Omer Ocak
Very interesting movie about the absolute nightmare of the 2000 election. Edited in is actual footage of the thugs in the GOP who stormed a recount in progress and other crazy... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Florine Francis