Alice King
March 09, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Contender

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
126 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/13/00
performer
Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, Sam Elliott, Philip Baker Hall, Mariel Hemingway, Gary Oldman, William L. Petersen, Christian Slater
director
Rod Lurie
Producers
Battleground Productions, Cinecontender
author
Rod Lurie
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

Gary Oldman reportedly objected to the way his character, a representative out to squash the confirmation of the U.S.’ first female Vice President (Allen), came off in this political drama about the separation of sex and state. He shouldn’t have. His blandly evil Shelly Runyon is a standout in a film that features Oscar-nominated performances from Allen and Bridges. The Contender may seem pokey in this whiz-bang West Wing world, but it still makes for a good political chew. B+

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