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Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood ... see more see more... , Marisa Tomei , Jeffrey Wright , Max Minghella , Jennifer Ehle , Gregory Itzin , Michael Mantell , Yuriy Sardarov , Bella Ivory , Maya Sayre , Danny Mooney , John Manfredi , Robert Mervak , Fabio Polanco , Frank Jones, Jr. , Rohn Thomas , Peter Harpen , David McConnell , Mark Stacey White , Lauren Wainwright , Kris Reilly , Michael D. Ellison , Jill Hayley Meyers , Leslie McCurdy , Rob Braun , Rachel Maddow , Chris Matthews , Charlie Rose , Deb Dixon , Neal Anthony Rubin , Loretta Higgins , Joe Dinda , John Repulski , Cherie Bowman

The Ides of March takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) finds himself involved in... read more read more... a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency. -- (C) Sony Pictures

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DVD Release Date: January 17, 2012

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  • July 15, 2014
    The press secretary and true believer of an up and coming presidential candidate uncovers a scandal leaving him with a moral dilemma that could potentially destroy this political golden boy's career. Based upon a play by Beau Willimon who was responsible for the American adaptati... read moreon of the classic political drama House Of Cards, The Ides Of March has all of the kinds of cynical intrigue you'd expect of Frank Underwood's creator. The story is not quite as black-hearted as the TV series but the representation of modern politics being the product of back room deals, manipulation and blackmail certainly retains its flavour. Solid writing and a cast to die for make for a smart, savvy drama but at the same time The Ides Of March does leave you with the feeling that you walked in half way through the story; there's a certain sense of context that is missing and the lack of a weighty, focal message makes it seem a little soapy. But thanks to the talent involved it feels like a piece of intelligent, quality entertainment that fans of both House Of Cards and The West Wing will not fail to appreciate.
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  • December 26, 2012
    The profession of politics is a tawdry, sordid affair; the practice of which can warp one's morals and corrupt one's soul. There, I've said it. But the art of filmmaking is not so much about what is being said, but how you say it.

    In "Ides of March" we get an adaptation of a... read more stage play that comes alive with a brilliant script, wonderful, tight direction, and solid performances across the board from the likes of Evan Rachel Wood, Melisa Tomei, Phillip Seymore Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, and in particular Ryan Gosling. Of course we have to thank the co-writer of the screenplay, and the director - both embodied by George Clooney, who also steps from behind the lens and gives a terrific performance as the "perfect" candidate... I heard that Clooney was also the caterer for the project! (well, it only seems that way).

    Amidst the standard plot involving a presidential race, we have Machiavellian mechinations and some snappy dialog wherein not a single character gives a straight answer to anything - holding truth (or their version of it) as power. As I previously stated, it's all in how you say it: take for example the fine scene where candidate Clooney is saying grand ideological things in front of a receptive audience, while backstage, seemingly smothered by a wall sized projection of the US flag, Hoffman and Gosling discuss the back room bargaining required to get their candidate elected. So much for idealism.

    Late in the film the head of the Democratic party proclaims that he doesn't understand God's plan - of course he doesn't have the perspective of the true insiders who shape and twist fact and fiction to achieve their desired goal... from the campaign manager's point of view, God's plan is all too obvious and the morality... win at all costs as long as you believe in the cause. A nice sentiment and a convincing fairy tale to tell yourself as you sell your soul down the river.

    The script also takes a nice side step in turning the vitriol onto the populace as well as on the politicians. At one point Gosling puts it all in perspective by drawling "You want to be president? You can start a war, you can lie, you can cheat, you can bankrupt the country... but you can't fuck the interns. They'll get you for that". Shades of Monica Lewinski......and it makes you wonder - how taking bribes can be condoned (see Lobbyist in the dictionary), and yet the populace takes the moral high ground when it comes to hanky panky... somehow, as usual, we miss the bigger picture.

    Sure, the film doesn't tell us anything an astute person doesn't already know; however, as I earlier stated, it's not the story, but the telling. I'm not revealing hardly any plot points at all here, for I wish for you to experience this all for yourself and then reflect how seamlessly it all fits together into a concise, intelligent narrative.
  • October 7, 2012
    This is my favorite political thriller of all time. Gosling and Clooney can do no wrong.
  • October 3, 2012
    Based on some play I had previously never heard of, this is the third directorial effort from co-writer and star George Clooney.

    The story concerns an idealistic young junior campaign worker (press secretary) who, just days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, f... read moreinds himself involved in a scandal that could derail the whole campaign, and not only that, but forces him to realize an ancient revelation: politics is a dirty dishonest business.

    So yeah, the movie's plot is unoriginal, the themes and revelations are likewise nothing new, but, you know what? I really didn't mind too much. It's well meaning, very engrossing, and yeah, quite interesting, despite being so stale and rather ho hum where the drama is concerned.

    What ultimately holds the movie together is the fairly decent writing, but, more importantly, the strong performances from a solid cast. All of them, Gosling, Clooney, Hoffman, Giamatti, Wood, Tomei, Wright, and heck, even Minghella all do a fine job. This is far from the best work from any of them, but they all put in decent work nonetheless. I can see why some awards shows have a category for casts, because seriously, this lineup just rocks. It's a shame that the material couldn't have been even stronger, but at least it's not worse.

    I think the best thing I can say about this movie, despite the fact that a lot of the time it is pretty routine, is that, I really don't care for politics, and for this movie to get me to care...yeah that's impressive. Nice job there. The music is good, but it kinda makes things seem more dramatic than necessary at times. It's not a slam bang thriller, so the score sticks out when it sometimes comes off that way.

    All in all though, this is a pretty good movie. It's not as spectacular as it should be, or as spectacular as it thinks it is, but yes, it is worth a watch, if only for the fact that it is saved by such a great cast.
  • July 23, 2012
    Well done. Great acting. Great cast.....but not the most exciting movie, in my opinion.
  • June 10, 2012
    I'm not really into political dramas but the characters are interesting. George Clooney's character Mike Morris runs for president. His campaign managers are working hard to win. Ryan's character Steve really believes in Mike and will not compromise his integrity to get ahead. Un... read morewittingly he falls into a trap that changes the course of events for him, so he has to fight back. He covers up an affair and blackmails his way back into the top campaign job. Ryan has a great line to the effect of you can start a war, bankrupt a country but you can't have an affair with an intern. Good cast. Interesting plot but the pace was quite slow. Similar to State of Play. Directed by George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio was executive producer.
  • May 22, 2012
    Directed (and co-written) by George Clooney, Cross Creek Pictures, 2011.

    Starring Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Even Rachel Wood and George Clooney.

    Genre: Drama

    Question: Do you ever wonder why politicians are portrayed as bad people? Well, becau... read morese they usually are. Okay, sorry, I am just not a fan of politics or politicians. However, I finished watching The Ides of March a couple of hours ago, down at my local theatre, and it just reaffirmed my lack of desire to follow any political side.

    To be honest, I have never been particularly keen on politics. I grew up with people in my family who never really agreed on a candidate or political party. In turn, I stuck to my independent ways and mostly ignored what most politicians said (or lied about). Even when I lived in Washington, DC during the Clinton years (yes, even through the Monica Lewinsky era) when our country was pretty stable politically, I was never for nor against a particular party....Okay, I've got to stop - one of my rules is that I never discuss politics or religion so I am ending this paragraph right here.

    So, what should I talk about regarding The Ides of March if I can't talk about politics but the movie is a politic drama? Thinking...thinking...okay, got it. How about the acting?

    Well, I did post the preview on this a few months ago because I was happy to see some of my favorite actors in this film: Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ryan Gosling. They were all fantastic! They all played political strategists: the people in control behind the curtain. I mean they all had to play uber smart fellows that had to make you believe whatever they wanted you to believe even though you didn't want to believe it - just like a true political strategist. Spin, spin, spin. I particularly liked Paul Giamatti in this film. He wasn't in it enough for my taste but there is just something about his presence on-screen that screams intelligence.

    I should talk more about the characters or the plot line, but I really want to talk about how much my hometown was represented in this film: Cincinnati, Ohio. The story takes place mostly in Ohio where George Clooney plays the governor of Arkansas running for the democratic primary there. However, nearly the entire movie was shot in Cincinnati and in areas that I knew well, recognized and even went to all the time. It kind of was distracting for me because I knew the areas so well that when certain parts of the city were shown I immediately had a childhood memory, and some were intense memories. (Okay, now I miss those skywalks and, yes, that is where one of the scenes was shot. I know that skywalk well. It's attached to the hotel I stay at when I go back home.) Oh well.
  • May 19, 2012
    I've been looking forward to watching this movie, but it failed to leave a big impression. It's about the ' dirty' in politics, but more could've been done with this I think.
  • May 18, 2012
    While George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti give great performances, it's Evan Rachel Wood that stole the show for me. She can change emotions and character so fast, and it's so convincing. The story was not as great as I expected it to be, but ... read moreit did have a fantastic script. The Ides of March doesn't reveal any revelatory truths about politics, it does however show the corruption and the inner workings of an election race. So, if for nothing else, see the Ides of March for the fine acting on display by the whole cast, and for the tight, witty, thoughtful script.

Critic Reviews

Peter Rainer
October 7, 2011
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

At its best, the film is like a political version of Sweet Smell of Success, another movie where the corruption was so rampant it gleamed. Full Review

Lisa Kennedy
October 7, 2011
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

As for Clooney, when he steps from behind the camera, his candidate exudes an easy, judicious authority. Full Review

Charlie McCollum
October 7, 2011
Charlie McCollum, San Jose Mercury News

This is intelligent filmmaking, and a provocative moral fable. It may not be perfect, but it stands as one of the better, most realistic movies about the way we elect our leaders. Full Review

Christopher Orr
October 7, 2011
Christopher Orr, The Atlantic

From the film's ideological vantage point, moderate Democrats are Machiavellian devils, and Republicans are an inconceivable evil looming on a distant horizon, like the White Walkers in Game of Thrones. Full Review

Tom Long
October 7, 2011
Tom Long, Detroit News

The Ides of March is a well-made actors showcase and fine film. But it never finds that more. Full Review

William Goss
October 7, 2011
William Goss,

Just about every other scene in the film is a simple pleasure unto itself between the equally confident writing, direction and performances. Full Review

Lou Lumenick
October 7, 2011
Lou Lumenick, New York Post

Smart and solidly entertaining, thanks to one of the year's top ensemble casts working at the top of its game. Full Review

Ann Hornaday
October 7, 2011
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Clooney does a good job opening up the ideas Willimon first explored onstage, but the result is still a pessimistic truth so universally acknowledged that it doesn't bear repeating, however stylishly. Full Review

Stephen Whitty
October 7, 2011
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

It's great fun for us to see an entertaining movie we can watch without guilt. Full Review

Mick LaSalle
October 7, 2011
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Almost a political drama of the caliber of Gore Vidal's "The Best Man," but it's not quite. However, it is the movie to recommend to adults looking for something that's topical and intelligent and tha... Full Review

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    • Stephen Meyers: You wanna be a president? You can start a war, you can lie you can cheat, you can bankrupt the country, but you can't fuck the interns.
    • Stephen Meyers: When you make a mistake, you lose the right to play.
    • Tom Duffy: The ability to win people's respect, by making them mistake their fear, for love.
    • Stephen Meyers: You broke the only rule in politics. You want to be president? You can start a war, you can lie, you can cheat, you can bankrupt the country... but you cant fuck the interns. They'll get you for that.
    • Stephen Meyers: I'll do or say anything if i believe in it. But i have to believe in the cause.
    • Governor Mike Morris: The society must be better than the individual.

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