HBO’s Recount


Starring Kevin Spacey, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley, Jr., Laura Dern, John Hurt, Denis Leary, Bruce McGill, and Tom Wilkinson, Recount brings viewers behind the scenes at the controversial Florida recount. This illuminating, hugely entertaining film pulls back the veil on the headlines to explore the human drama surrounding the most controversial presidential election in U.S. history.

Mixing news footage and verbatim dialogue into fictionalized re-creations, Recount examines the torturous process that culminated in the Supreme Court decision in Bush vs. Gore. The Republicans, led by charismatic Texan James Baker, seize the initiative as the case is tried in the judicial system and the court of public opinion. The Democrats play catch-up until Ron Klain, Gore’s former chief of staff, takes over and starts matching Baker’s political hardball with tough moves of his own. Mutual respect forms between the two as the fate of the presidency plays out among a colorful cast ranging from the impressive (appellate lawyer David Boies) to the maligned (Florida’s Secretary of State Katherine Harris).

Recount recreates many of the movers and shakers in the Florida fight. Among the Democrats are Ron Klain (Spacey), soldiering on despite being demoted as Gore’s Chief of Staff; Michael Whouley (Leary), Gore’s Chief Field Operative; Warren Christopher (Hurt), the onetime Secretary of State whose passivity eventually yields to Klain’s more forceful tactics; and David Boies (Begley), an appellate lawyer recruited to articulate the Democrats’ message. Republicans include James Baker (Wilkinson), another former Secretary of State with a will to win to match Klain’s; Ben Ginsberg (Balaban), the campaign’s Lead Counsel; Katherine Harris (Dern), Florida’s Secretary of State, remembered as much for her makeup as for her role in determining the winner; and Mac Stipanovich (McGill), a lobbyist with the moniker "Mac the Knife."

Recount is directed by Jay Roach (Meet the Fockers, Austin Powers films), and written by Danny Strong (best-known as an actor in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Gilmore Girls). It was executive produced by Roach, EmmyA® winner Paula Weinstein (HBO’s Truman), HBO Films exec Len Amato (Blood Diamond), and OscarA® winner Sydney Pollack (Out of Africa). The producer is Michael Hausman (Brokeback Mountain). [HBO.COM]

In my opinion it’s a little bit late for mofo’s to be talking about this. It’s funny how we would call other nations "undemocratic" and send observers to their elections and whatnot, but, in our own country the same type of shenanigans goes down. All you have to do is watch the black box voting video to be disgusted, much less dig into what actually happens/happened. I love Kevin Spacey, though.

Here is the imdb page in case you’re interested in the cast list or something like that.


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Posted: May 19th, 2008
at 8:38am by Black Ock

Categories: celebrity,politricks,boredom killer

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  1. The voting machines may be the only thing authentic in this film. The screenwriter, Danny Strong, cherry picked his interviews so as to avoid anyone who’d give him a different version of his story line. So people like Larry Tribe (who was initially picked to argue the ultimate case in the Supreme Court), former Commerce Secretary Bill Daley, Warren Christopher and Al Gore, were just cut out of the process. Christopher found out about the film from his tailor, who was making a suit for the Christopher character. Strong apparently cared more about suit measurements than facts. It’s a sorry effort, and unfortunately the American viewing public will swallow it as fact.


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    22 May 08 at 7:08 pm


  2. WTF is a docudrama? : my only question is who is Christopher’s tailor? cause my last suit was used as a picnic blanket spread for a serene arrangement of ocean rocks.


    23 May 08 at 10:48 am


  3. a thunderous laugh rang through the dojo… lmaooo


    23 May 08 at 11:31 pm



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