The Ides of March

The Ides of March

DVD - 2012
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Idealistic campaign worker Stephen Meyers has sworn to give all for Governor Mike Morris, a wild card presidential candidate. However, during a brutal Ohio primary 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. Special features: commentary, and featurettes.
Audience: 14A
Publisher: [United States] : Alliance, 2012
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama IDES
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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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. It’s the Ohio Primaries and Democratic Governor Mike Morris is involved in a heated battle to become the next presidential candidate. Running his campaign is Paul Zara, a world-weary manager with an almost neurotic obsession with trust issues; and baby-faced Stephen Meyers, a brilliant media spin-doctor whose own slide into bureaucratic cynicism has been halted by Morris’ charismatic personality and unwavering honesty. But when Meyers becomes entangled in a dark scandal involving the man he idolizes, a scandal which would forever ruin the governor’s White House aspirations, the disillusioned young man suddenly finds himself a lone player in a ruthless game of dirty politics and media kowtowing. Against a backdrop of droning newscasts and patriotic photo-ops, 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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Kim_H
Sep 02, 2014

I liked that the Democrats, who are the media darlings, turned out to be the evil empire.

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eusebius
Jul 09, 2014

I must have seen at least half-a-dozen political films, going back to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. They are never great films, never convince you that you are watching human beings working out their fates--it's always about vote-getting, poll numbers and who can be bought off. This one is no different. As good as Gosling, Hoffman, Clooney and Wood are, the humanity behind the characters is never sufficiently brought out so that you are gripped by their stories.

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kah_chan
Feb 05, 2014

This film tells quite the truth about American politics and her dark sides .... and it is especially heart-breaking to see Philips Seymour Hoffman here because of his recent death. His acting was just so fit in here and resonant with those who share his values.

I am surprised not to see more of George Clooney but the focus was actually on Ryan Gosling, considering the hype about George's character. The twist at the end makes people think why our World is so messed up nowadays,.,

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waltery
Oct 29, 2013

Very enjoyable movie..solid hold you script...perfect casting and excellent acting by all...finally, a decent movie that has a good beginning, middle and a great ending...

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neonkc
Jun 23, 2013

very good

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velloxal
May 10, 2013

An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

JanineEBeanie May 07, 2013

Politics is a dirty biz. What a ride.

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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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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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