Category:American political drama films
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1. Bridge of Spies (film) – Based on the 1960 U-2 incident during the Cold War, the film tells the story of lawyer James B. The name of the film refers to the Glienicke Bridge, which connects Potsdam with Berlin, the film was an international co-production of the United States and Germany. Bridge of Spies was shot under the title of St. James Place. Principal photography began on September 8,2014, in Brooklyn, New York City, the film was released by Touchstone Pictures on October 16,2015, in the United States and distributed by 20th Century Fox in other territories. It was a box office success, grossing $165 million worldwide, and received positive reviews, garnering praise for its direction, screenplay, acting, score, the film received six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, and won Best Supporting Actor for Rylance. In 1957 New York City, Rudolf Abel is charged with spying for the Soviet Union, insurance lawyer James B. Donovan is prevailed upon to take on the unenviable task of defending Abel, so that Abels trial will be seen as fair. Donovan appeals the conviction to the Supreme Court based on the lack of a warrant for the seizure of Abel’s ciphers and photography equipment. For his principled stand Donovan and his family are harassed, including shots being fired at his home, meanwhile Gary Powers, a pilot in the CIAs top secret U-2 spy plane program, is shot down over the USSR. He is captured and sentenced in a trial to ten years confinement. Donovan receives a letter from East Germany, purportedly sent by Abels wife, thanking him and urging him to get in contact with their lawyer, the CIA think this is a back-channel message hinting that the USSR is willing to swap Powers for Abel. They ask Donovan to go to Berlin unofficially to negotiate the exchange, crossing in to East Berlin, he meets with a KGB officer in the Soviet Embassy and is then directed to Vogel, who represents the Attorney General of the German Democratic Republic. The CIA wants Donovan to forget about Pryor but he insists both Pryor and Powers should be swapped for Abel, in a message to the Attorney General he bluffs that they will either release Pryor with Powers or there will be no deal. As Abel and Powers are poised at opposite ends of the Glienicke Bridge, the next day, back in the United States, the government publicly acknowledges Donovan for negotiating the deal, rehabilitating his public image. During the end credits the audience learns that Donovan helped negotiate the release of fighters captured during the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. Bridge of Spies is an American-German co-production based on a written by the Coen Brothers. Studio Babelsberg co-produced and oversaw production services for the film, James Donovan wrote an account of the incident in 1964 under the title Strangers on a Bridge, The Case of Colonel Abel and Francis Gary Powers. Soviet intelligence officer Rudolf Abel, who lived and operated in Brooklyn Heights and his arrest and history were discussed by Truman Capote, another Heights resident at the time, in his book A House on the Heights. Matt Charman became interested in Donovans story after reading a footnote about him in An Unfinished Life, John F. Kennedy, after meeting with Donovans son in New York City, Charman pitched the story to several studios and DreamWorks bought it
2. Caligula (film) – Caligula is a 1979 Italian-American erotic historical drama film focusing on the rise and fall of the Roman Emperor Caligula. It stars Malcolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren, Peter OToole, John Steiner and it is the only feature film produced by the mens magazine Penthouse. Producer Bob Guccione, the founder, intended to produce an explicit pornographic film with a feature film narrative. He also cast Penthouse Pets as extras in unsimulated sex scenes filmed during post-production by himself, Guccione hired screenwriter Gore Vidal to draft the films script and Tinto Brass to direct the film. Brass extensively altered Vidals original screenplay, leading Vidal to disavow the film, the final screenplay focuses on the idea that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Brass and Guccione disagreed over Gucciones use of unsimulated sexual content, as a result, Brass also disavowed the film. Caligulas release was controversial, it was met with legal issues and controversies over its violent and its uncut form remains banned in several countries. Although reviews were negative, Caligula is considered to be a cult classic. The script was adapted into a novelization written by William Johnston. Caligula is the heir to the throne of his great uncle. One morning, a blackbird flies into his room, Caligula considers this a bad omen, fearing assassination, Caligula is afraid to leave but his sister and lover Drusilla persuades him to go. At Capri, Caligula finds that Tiberius has become depraved, showing signs of advanced venereal diseases, Tiberius enjoys swimming with naked youths and watching degrading sex shows that often include children and deformed people. Caligula observes with fascination and horror, tensions rise when Tiberius tries to poison Caligula in front of Gemellus. Nerva commits suicide and Caligula tries to kill Tiberius, proving his loyalty to Caligula, Macro kills Tiberius instead with Gemellus as a witness. After Tiberius burial, Caligula is proclaimed the new Emperor, then proclaims Drusilla as his equal, Drusilla, fearful of Macros influence, persuades Caligula to get rid of him. Caligula sets up a trial in which Gemellus is intimidated into testifying that Macro murdered Tiberius alone. Drusilla tries to find Caligula a wife among the priestesses of the goddess Isis, Caligula wants to marry Drusilla, but she insists they cannot marry because she is his sister. Instead, Caligula marries Caesonia, a priestess and notorious courtesan after she bears him an heir, meanwhile, despite Caligulas popularity with the masses, the Senate expresses disapproval for what initially seem to be light eccentricities
3. The Contender (2000 film) – The Contender is a 2000 political drama film written and directed by Rod Lurie. It stars Gary Oldman, Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges and Christian Slater, the film focuses on a fictional United States President and the events surrounding his appointment of a new Vice President. The film serves as a response to the Lewinsky scandal that arose during the presidency of Bill Clinton and it also became the subject of controversy regarding alterations that allegedly displeased Oldman, who co-produced. Joan Allen was nominated for Best Actress and Jeff Bridges for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards, second-term Democratic U. S. President Jackson Evans must select a new Vice President following the sudden death of his previous vice president. The obvious choice seems to be Virginia Governor Jack Hathaway, who is hailed as a hero after he dove into a lake in a failed attempt to save a drowning girl. The President instead decides that his song will be helping to break the glass ceiling by nominating Laine Hanson. In accordance with the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, approval from both houses of Congress is required, standing in her way is Republican Congressman Sheldon Runyon of Illinois, who believes she is unqualified for the position, and backs Hathaway for the nod. His investigation into her background turns up an incident where she was apparently photographed participating in an orgy as part of a sorority initiation. He is joined in his opposition by Democratic Representative Reginald Webster, the confirmation hearings begin in Washington, D. C. and Runyon, who chairs the committee, quickly addresses Hansons alleged sexual imbroglio. Hanson refuses to address the incident, neither confirming nor denying anything, Hanson meets with Evans and offers to withdraw her name, to save his administration more embarrassment. Evans meets with Runyon, informing him he will not choose Hanson as Vice President, Runyon casually brings forward Hathaway as a replacement. They make an agreement that Runyon will back down on his attacks if Evans chooses Hathaway as Vice President, however, Evans requests Runyon to make a public statement defending Hathaway. Hanson, Hathaway and Runyon are all invited to the White House, Evans then shocks them by showing a FBI report that proves Hathaway paid the woman to drive off the bridge into the lake, part of a plan to increase his approval ratings. Hathaway is arrested and Runyon is disgraced because he vouched for Hathaways integrity just hours earlier, Evans meets with Hanson, and she finally tells what actually happened that night in college. She said that she did indeed arrive at a fraternity house to have sex with two men as part of an initiation, but changed her mind before any sex occurred. However, she did not prove her innocence, citing that by doing so further the idea that it was acceptable to ask the questions in the first place. Evans addresses Congress, where he chastises all Democrats and Republicans who blocked Hansons confirmation and he explicitly calls out Runyon, who leaves in humiliation. Director Rod Lurie stated he wrote the screenplay because he wished to make a film starring Joan Allen, having a fascination with politics, and inspired by his daughter, he wished to make a feminist film that would differ from Allens frequent role as troubled wife
4. All the King's Men (2006 film) – All the Kings Men is a 2006 film adaptation of the 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Kings Men by Robert Penn Warren. It was directed by Steven Zaillian, who produced and scripted. The story is about the life of Willie Stark, a character resembling Louisiana governor Huey Long. He was elected as a US Senator and assassinated in 1935, the film co-stars Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Anthony Hopkins, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Clarkson and Jackie Earle Haley. All the Kings Men had previously adapted into a Best Picture-winning film by writer-director Robert Rossen in 1949. Louisiana newspaper reporter Jack Burden takes a personal interest in Willie Stark, circumstances develop that result in Starks being urged to run for governor by a local political leader, Tiny Duffy. Jack has been raised around politics and he is the former lover of Anne Stanton, whose father was once governor. Jack was raised by his godfather Judge Irwin, an honorable man, in time, Jack and political strategist Sadie Burke reveal to Stark that he is a dupe in the governors race, expected to split the vote, spout the party line and lose. Stark vows not to be fooled again and he defies Duffy publicly and begins to give speeches with straightforward talk that the public appreciates. He becomes governor in the election, using any means necessary. Duffy now works for him as lieutenant governor and he also has a silent, menacing driver and bodyguard called Sugar Boy. Finally, he recruits Jack to work for him as an adviser, Judge Irwin disapproves, seeing Stark as an opportunist. Anne Stanton seems to agree and so does her brother, Dr. Adam Stanton, Willie Stark is a persuasive man and knows how to get his way. He intends to build a new hospital and convinces Dr. Stanton. He also begins an affair with Anne Stanton, provoking Sadies jealousy, criticized publicly by Judge Irwin and embroiled in increasing political controversy, Stark demands that Jack dig up dirt on the judge to be used against him. Jack insists that no such dirt exists, but he uncovers evidence that, many years ago, following this revelation, the judge commits suicide, and Jack suffers great guilt, added to by discovering that Judge Irwin was actually his biological father. Stark embraces various corruption necessary to consolidate his power, using patronage, told that the hospital is a fraudulent front project to enable the governor to rob the state and frame him, Dr. Stanton becomes incensed when he learns of Starks relationship with his sister. He waits at the capitol and assassinates Stark, and is shot
5. Ada (film) – Ada is a 1961 American political drama film made by Avon Productions and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed by Daniel Mann and produced by Lawrence Weingarten, with a screenplay by Arthur Sheekman, the musical score was by Bronislau Kaper and the cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg. The art direction was by Edward Carfagno and George W. Davis, the film stars Susan Hayward and Dean Martin along with Wilfrid Hyde-White, Ralph Meeker, and Martin Balsam. Bo Gillis is a good old boy from a Southern state who is a candidate for governor there. He ends up elected after his opponents wife is revealed to have a dark secret, shortly before the election, Bo goes to a nightclub where he is introduced to Ada Dallas, a working girl. They share a similar upbringing and Bo feels an immediate bond and they elope, much to the chagrin of the candidates speechwriter, Steve, and the cynical Sylvester, who wants the marriage annulled. The Gillises resist and begin life as the states first couple, soon the governor finds that he is little more than a stooge, blindly signing whatever document Sylvester puts before him. His childhood friend Ronnie is dismissed as lieutenant governor for speaking out, Sylvester requests help from Ada in controlling her husband, but the states ambitious First Lady demands something quite outrageous in return — to be named the new lieutenant governor. He wanted Ada to be his refuge from dirty politics, not a part of it and he continues to oppose Sylvesters methods, which leads to a bomb being placed in the governors car. In the hospital, Bo tells Ada that he believes her to be a conspirator in his attack and insults her, Ada is sworn in as acting governor. Quickly, though, she goes to work against Sylvester, promoting her husbands ideas for honest government, Bo speaks up on his wifes behalf. Sylvester is ruined, and Bo and Ada walk away from the Capitol side by side
6. Advise & Consent – Advise & Consent is a 1962 American neo noir motion picture based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Allen Drury, published in 1959. The movie was adapted for the screen by Wendell Mayes and was directed by Otto Preminger, the title derives from the United States Constitutions Article II, Sec.2, cl. The President of the United States nominates Robert A. Leffingwell as Secretary of State, Leffingwells nomination is controversial within the United States Senate which, using its advice and consent powers, must either approve or reject the appointment. Both the Presidents party, the majority, and the minority are divided, demagogic peace advocate Fred Van Ackerman of Wyoming is especially supportive. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee appoints a subcommittee, chaired by majority member Brigham Anderson of Utah, the young and devoted family man is undecided on Leffingwell. Cooley dramatically introduces a witness, Herbert Gelman. The minor Treasury clerk testifies that he was briefly in a Communist cell with Leffingwell, Leffingwell denies the charge and effectively questions Gelmans credibility, but later tells the President that he had committed perjury and that Gelman was essentially correct. He asks the President to withdraw his nomination, but he refuses, Cooley identifies another member of the cell, senior Treasury official Hardiman Fletcher. He forces him to confess to Anderson, who tells Munson, despite personal lobbying by the President, the subcommittee chairman insists that the White House withdraw the nomination due to Leffingwells perjury or he will subpoena Fletcher to testify. The President angrily refuses but the majority leader admits that the White House will soon have to nominate another candidate, Anderson delays his committees report on Leffingwell but the President sends Fletcher out of the country, angering the senator. A worried Anderson visits a fellow Army veteran, Ray Shaff, Shaff admits that he sold evidence of a past homosexual relationship between the two. Hudson, Andersons friend Smith, and others attempt to counsel the troubled chairman but, unable to reconcile his duty and his secret, the President denies to Munson and Hudson knowing about the blackmail. He tells the majority leader that he is dying and that Leffingwells confirmation is vital, Munson criticizes Cooley for opposing the nominee but not exposing Fletcher, forcing Anderson to bear the pressure alone. Andersons death, nonetheless, permits the subcommittee and the Foreign Relations Committee to proceed with the nomination, both report favorably to the full Senate. In the Senate Chamber Cooley apologizes for his vindictiveness, while he will vote against Leffingwell and his alien voice, the senator will not ask others to follow. Munson, moved by Cooleys action, cites the tragic circumstances surrounding the confirmation, although the majority leader will vote for Leffingwell, he will permit a conscience vote from others. Hudsons quorum call and the majority leaders refusal to yield the floor prevent Van Ackerman from speaking until Munson asks for the Yeas and Nays, the majority leader tells the senator that were it not for the Andersons privacy the Senate would censure and expel him. Van Ackerman angrily leaves the chamber before the vote, munsons side is slightly ahead until Smith unexpectedly votes against Leffingwell, and the majority leader prepares for the Vice President to break the tie in the nominees favor
7. All the King's Men (1949 film) – All the Kings Men is a 1949 American film noir drama film set in a political setting directed by Robert Rossen and based on the Robert Penn Warren novel of the same name. The triple Oscar-winning production features Broderick Crawford in the role of the ambitious and sometimes ruthless politician, the story of the rise of politician Willie Stark from a rural county seat to the governors mansion is depicted in the film. He goes into politics, railing against the corruptly run county government, Stark teaches himself law, and as a lawyer, continues to fight the local establishment, championing the local people and gaining popularity. He eventually rises to become a candidate for governor, narrowly losing his first race, along the way he loses his innocence and becomes as corrupt as the politicians he once fought against. When his son becomes paralyzed following a driving accident that kills a female passenger, Starks world starts to unravel. The story has a series of relationships. All is seen through the eyes of the journalist, Jack Burden, Starks campaign assistant, Sadie is clearly in love with Stark and wants him to leave his wife, Lucy. Meanwhile, Stark philanders and gets involved with women, taking Jacks own girlfriend, Anne Stanton. When Starks reputation is brought into disrepute by Judge Stanton, he seeks to blacken the judges name, when Jack finds evidence of the judges possible wrongdoing, a quarter century earlier, he hides it from Stark. Anne gives the evidence to Stark, who uses it against her uncle, Anne seems to forgive Stark, but her brother, the surgeon who helped save Starks sons life after the car crash, cannot. The doctor eventually assassinates Stark after Stark wins an impeachment investigation, the doctor in turn is shot down by Sugar Boy, Starks fawning assistant. Lucy Stark Katharine Warren as Mrs. Crawford, who took the role, won the 1949 Academy Award for Best Actor, beating out Wayne. The film was shot at locations in California using local residents. The old San Joaquin County courthouse in Stockton, built in 1898, paul Tatara, a film reviewer for CNN, describes the film as one of those pictures that was saved in the editing. Al Clark did the original cut but had trouble putting all the footage that Robert Rossen had shot into a coherent narrative, Robert Parrish was brought onboard by Rossen and Columbia Studios head, Harry Cohn, to see what he could do. Since Rossen had a time cutting anything he shot, after several weeks of tinkering and cutting. Cohn was prepared to release it in this version after one more preview, then, when youre finished, well run the picture and see what weve got. When Parrish was done with what Rossen had suggested, they were left with a 109-minute movie that was more compelling to watch
8. Bobby (2006 film) – The screenplay is a fictionalized account of the hours leading up to the June 5,1968, shooting of U. S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles following his win of the 1968 Democratic Party presidential primary in California and it uses an ensemble plot device similar to that employed in the 1932 film Grand Hotel, and by Robert Altman in Nashville. In Bobby, The Making of an American Epic, screenwriter/director Emilio Estevez discusses the problems he had developing his script, suffering from writers block, he checked into a motel in Pismo Beach where he hoped, free from interruption, he could make some headway with his writing. While talking to the woman working at the front desk, he discovered she had been in the Ambassador Hotel on the evening Kennedy was shot, Estevez used her experience to mold the character of Diane, and the rest of the story fell into place. The only other character based on a person is busboy José, who represents Juan Romero. Drysdale did in fact achieve his sixth shutout on June 4,1968, also, a newly recorded version of Louie Louie was performed in character by Demi Moore for the film. The soundtrack album Bobby features The Supremes, Shorty Long, Hugh Masekela, The Moody Blues, playing on two screens, it grossed $69,039 during its opening weekend. It eventually earned $11,242,801 in North America, Bobby has an approval rating of 46% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 169 reviews, the average score is 5.6 out of 10. The film also has a score of 54 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on 31 critics, a. O. Scott of The New York Times said, Emilio Estevez. Sets himself a large and honorable task and it is important to appreciate this in spite of his movies evident shortcomings. Intentions do count for something, and Mr. Estevezs seem to me entirely admirable, the actors seem more like very special guest stars than like real, 1968-vintage Americans, and their period-appropriate get-ups. are more distracting than convincing. Some of the stories feel too obviously melodramatic, while others are vague to the point of inscrutability, in the Vietnam- and drug-related plots, the point is hammered home too hard. While other narratives wind toward no discernible point at all, nonetheless the ambition behind Bobby is large and serious. Steve Persall of the St. Petersburg Times graded the film C, calling it a jumble of too much fiction, few facts and zero speculation. Michael Medved, who was in the Ambassador ballroom the night Kennedy was shot and he added, Emilio Estevez gets most of the feelings of the occasion right. But, the melodramatic, multi-character format proves somewhat uneven and distracting, richard Roeper said, Estevez writes and directs with lots of passion, not so much subtlety. Wants the movie to be on the level of a Robert Altman film like Nashville, peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film one star and called it trite fiction and a work of insipid ineptitude. He ranked it among the worst films of 2006, as did Lou Lumerick of the New York Post, who dubbed it an ambitious, parkland, a 2014 film commemorating the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination
9. Courage Under Fire – Courage Under Fire is a 1996 American war film directed by Edward Zwick, and starring Denzel Washington and Meg Ryan. It is the collaboration between Denzel Washington and director Edward Zwick. The film was released in the United States on July 12,1996, while serving in the Gulf War, Lieutenant Colonel Serling accidentally destroys one of his own tanks during a confusing night-time battle, killing his friend Captain Boylar. The US Army covers up the details and transfers Serling to a desk job, later, Serling is assigned to determine if Captain Karen Emma Walden should be the first woman to receive a Medal of Honor. She was the commander of a Medevac Huey that was sent to rescue the crew of a shot-down Black Hawk, when she encountered a T-54, her crew destroyed it by dropping a fuel bladder onto the tank and igniting it with a flare gun. However, her own helicopter was shot soon after. The two crews were unable to join forces, and when the survivors were rescued the next day, Serling notices inconsistencies between the testimonies of Waldens crew. Specialist Andrew Ilario, the medic, praises Walden strongly, however, Staff Sergeant John Monfriez claims that Walden was a coward and that he led the crew in combat and improvised the fuel bladder weapon. Sergeant Altameyer, who is dying in a hospital, complains about a fire, warrant Officer One Rady, the co-pilot, was injured early on and unconscious throughout. Furthermore, the crew of the Black Hawk claim that they heard firing from an M16, under pressure from the White House and his commander, Brigadier General Hershberg, to wrap things up quickly, Serling leaks the story to newspaper reporter Tony Gartner to prevent another cover-up. When Serling grills Monfriez during a car ride, Monfriez forces him to get out of the vehicle at gunpoint, Serling tracks Ilario down, and Ilario finally tells him the truth. Monfriez wanted to flee, which would mean abandoning Rady, when Walden refused, he pulled a gun on her. Walden then shot an enemy who appeared behind Monfriez, but Monfriez thought she was firing at him and shot Walden in the stomach, the next morning, the enemy attacked again as a rescue party approached. Walden covered her mens retreat, firing an M16, however, Monfriez told the rescuers that Walden was dead, so they left without her. Napalm was then dropped on the entire area, Altameyer tried to expose Monfriezs lie at the time, but was too injured to speak, and Ilario was too scared of the court-martial Walden had threatened them with and remained silent. Serling presents his final report to Hershberg, Waldens young daughter receives the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony. Later, Serling tells the truth to the Boylars about the manner of their sons death, the Boylars tell Serling he must put down the burden at some point. In the last moments, Serling has a flashback of when he was standing by Boylars destroyed tank, Serling suddenly realises Walden was the Huey pilot. S
10. Game Change (film) – The plot features a 2010 interview of the campaigns senior strategist Steve Schmidt, using flashbacks to portray McCain and Palin during their ultimately unsuccessful campaign. The film was received by critics, with Moores portrayal of Palin garnering praise. Schmidt praised the film, though Palin and McCain criticized it, alessandra Stanley of the New York Times described Moores depiction of Palin as a sharp-edged but not unsympathetic portrait of a flawed heroine, colored more in pity than in admiration. Game Change has earned many awards, including a Critics Choice Award, the film opens in 2010 with a frame story, Republican strategist Steve Schmidt is being interviewed by Anderson Cooper for 60 Minutes. Cooper poses a question regarding former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, was she selected because she would make the best vice president or because she would win the election. The story flashes back to Senator John McCains 2008 presidential campaign, a desperate McCain places a call to Schmidt, who tells him that he has decided to sit out the 2008 race. McCain, however, convinces Schmidt to reconsider, months later, Schmidt is serving as McCains Senior Campaign Strategist, and with his help, McCain has clinched the Republican nomination. The strategists quickly look for a game change candidate, investigating prominent female Republican politicians, the campaign finds Palin, the governor of Alaska, to have the charismatic qualities they want. After an exceptionally brief vetting process, she is selected, Palins eventual public reveal creates the buzz that Schmidt and McCain were looking for, bringing them to even or better with Obama in the polls. While Palins acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention is well received, Schmidt handles controversies from her past, such as Troopergate and Bridge to Nowhere, while other staff attempt to fill broad gaps in her understanding of domestic and foreign politics. Several prominent blunders in major interviews, such as those with Katie Couric, are a source of mockery in the media, Schmidt opines that YouTube has altered the media landscape in that Palins gaffes are seen online repeatedly rather than being forgotten in the news cycle. By late 2008, with prospects appearing poor, the campaign staff boosts a negative campaign against Obamas past associations with the liberal elite, the staff also comes to accept that Palin is better at memorizing and delivering lines than she is at actually understanding issues. Palin, in fact, rebuffs McCain by publicly disagreeing with his decision to end campaigning in Michigan, McCain, meanwhile, becomes discouraged by the negative campaigning, watching growing hostility and vitriol emerge toward Obama among McCains supporters. With Election Day approaching, senior campaigners express regret that Palin turned out to be style without substance, McCain consoles Schmidt by reaffirming that taking a risk with Palin was better than fading away. When Obama wins on Election Night, McCain and his advisers stop a rebellious Palin from giving a speech along with McCains. McCain tells Palin that she is now one of the party leaders, rick Davis comments that Palin will soon be forgotten. During McCains concession speech, he thanks Palin, who receives enormous and sustained applause, chants, and enthusiasm from the crowd, which is noted in the faces of McCains advisors. The film returns to the 2010 interview, regarding Coopers question about whether he would pick Palin again if he had the chance to go back, Senator from South Carolina Justin Gaston as Levi Johnston Austin Pendleton as Joe Lieberman, U. S
11. The Good Shepherd (film) – The Good Shepherd is a 2006 spy film produced and directed by Robert De Niro and starring Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie and De Niro, with an extensive supporting cast. De Niro also produced it with James G. Robinson and Jane Rosenthal, although it is a fictional film loosely based on real events, it is advertised as telling the untold story of the birth of counter-intelligence in the Central Intelligence Agency. The films main character, Edward Wilson, is based on James Jesus Angleton. This was Joe Pescis first film appearance after his hiatus from acting between 1999 and 2005. Eric Roth, the screenwriter, began to work on the project after he abandoned his attempt to bring Norman Mailers Harlots Ghost to the screen. Like De Niros film, Mailers novel is a chronicle of the CIA. The film received mixed reviews, and the box office earnings were not much higher than the films budget, while riding to work on the bus, Edward is approached by a young boy who asks if Edward has change for a dollar. The story then flashes back to 1939, in 1939, Edward is a poetry major at Yale University and is invited to join Skull and Bones, a secret society. He is compelled to disclose a secret as part of his initiation, he reveals that as a boy in 1925 he discovered the suicide note left by his father, Thomas. After the ceremony, a fraternity brother tells him that Edwards father, Edward begins an affair with a deaf student named Laura, but while on Deer Island, Edward meets and is later aggressively seduced by Margaret Clover Russell, his friends sister. General Bill Sullivan, based on the real-life OSS Director, General Wild Bill Donovan, asks Edward to join the OSS, offering him a post in London. Later while Edward and Laura are at the beach, Clovers brother, John, privately reveals that Clover is pregnant with Edwards child, Laura, an able lip-reader, sees and walks away. At the wedding reception Edward accepts an offer of a position in the London OSS office from General Sullivan, requiring him to be in England in one week, despite this, Fredericks recognized Edwards gifts and recommended that he be trained in counter-espionage in London. He says he will understand if Wilson wants to tie his shoe, Edward delays, prompting Fredericks to kneel down and tie Edwards shoe for him. As their meeting ends, he advises Wilson to get out while you still can. while you still have a soul, Fredericks leaves, and is immediately snatched away and brutally killed, his body being dumped into the Thames River. The time shifts to post-war Berlin, where the Allies and the Soviets, Edward encounters his Soviet counterpart, codenamed Ulysses, who praises Edward. They plan an exchange of scientists — the Soviets asking for German Nazi and Slavic scientists, Edward is assisted by an interpreter, Hanna Schiller, who wears what appears to be a hearing aid. After Edward learns from his father, during a phone call home, that Clover is having an affair, he accepts Hannas invitation to dinner at her home