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The Last Debate (2000)

Four members of the media are chosen as moderator and panel for the single televised debate of presidential candidates one week before the election. These four use the debate forum as never... See full summary »

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John Badham

Writers:

Jim Lehrer (book), Jon Maas (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Mike Howley
Peter Gallagher ... Tom Chapman
Audra McDonald ... Barbara Manning
Donna Murphy ... Joan Naylor
Marco Sanchez ... Henry Ramirez
Dorian Harewood ... Brad Lily
Jack Turpin Jack Turpin ... Michael Riley
Bruce Gray Bruce Gray ... Governor Paul L. Greene
Stephen Young ... Richard Meredith
Lawrence Dane ... Sidney Robert Mulvane
Djanet Sears Djanet Sears ... Nancy Dewey
Peter Donaldson Peter Donaldson ... Jeff Grayson
John Badham ... Don Beard
Leslie Carlson ... Pat Tubbs
Maggie Huculak ... Gwyn Garrison
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Four members of the media are chosen as moderator and panel for the single televised debate of presidential candidates one week before the election. These four use the debate forum as never before, resulting in what critics call a hijacking of the electoral process. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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A conspiracy of reporters. A candidate with a hidden past. Not every assassin uses a gun.

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A választási botrány See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color
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Believable regarding the politics of media
21 January 2007 | by BrianLindgrenSee all my reviews

I wouldn't say this is an excellent movie, but it is certainly very good. For fans of presidential races it is worth watching, if nothing else to show how the media can frame debates and influence public perception. The jockeying for position among the different anchors as for their roles on the debate panel, the hidden agendas they seem to have, and ultimately the quest for ratings gold all make this a very feasible story. Some of the details are a bit exaggerated, but the underlying theme is feasible. It also raises some concerns with the rise of 24/7 cable "news" networks that claim to be unbiased but harbor their own political agendas. It makes one wonder if there can ever be such a thing as impartial reporting on a presidential debate.


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