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Drama, Thriller

The hard-ball gamesmanship and character assassination of American politics sets the stage for this thriller. When the Vice President of the United States unexpectedly dies, all eyes in Washington, D.C., are on President Jackson Evans (Jeff Bridges) as he chooses a new VP. He picks Senator Laine Hanson (Joan Allen), a decision that raises eyebrows on both sides of the political fence. Congressman Shelly Runyon (Gary Oldman) is vehemently opposed to Hanson’s appointment and vows to do everything in his power to prevent her from being confirmed. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive. Contains mature content, including sexual scenes and strong language.

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