The Contender (2000)

Director
Rod Lurie

Main cast
Gary Oldman; Joan Allen; Jeff Bridges; Christian Slater; Sam Elliott

Genres
Drama, Thriller

Description
Political thriller about Laine Hanson's nomination and confirmation as Vice President. An allegation that she was involved in a sexual orgy at the age of 19 is leaked to the press. As pressure mounts on Laine, she's torn between fighting back or sticking to her principles and refusing to comment on the allegations.


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