The Second Civil War (1997)





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This made-for-cable black comedy centers on Jim Farley, the governor of Idaho in a future United States. Defying the President, Farley decides to shut down the borders of his state to keep new immigrants out. He gets some help from some zealots in militias.
R (For language and some war violence.)
Comedy , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Television
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James Earl Jones
as Jim Kalla
Brian Keith
as General Buford
Denis Leary
as Vinnie Franco
Joanna Cassidy
as Helena Newman
Ron Perlman
as Alan Manieski
Kevin Dunn
as Jimmy Cannon
Beau Bridges
as Gov. Farley
James Coburn
as Jack Buchan
Dan Hedaya
as Mel Burgess
Phil Hartman
as President
Dick Miller
as Eddie O'Neill
Roger Corman
as Sandy Collins
Ben Masters
as Matthew Langford
Elizabeth Peña
as Christina Fernandez
Jordan Bridges
as Farley's Aide
Scott Atkinson
as Young Militia Man
Chalo Gonzalez
as Old Mexican
Kevin McCarthy
as Chief of Staff
William Schallert
as Secretary of Defense
Shelley Malil
as Congressman Singh
Robert Picardo
as Godfrey
Jennifer Carlson
as NewsNet Assistant
Sean Lawlor
as Brendan
Rance Howard
as Arnold Toomey Jr.
Ming Lo
as Simultaneous Translator
Jerry Hardin
as Col. McNally
Dana Lee
as Chinese Colonel
Andrew Hill Newman
as Chris Vincent
Richard Yniguez
as Javier Clark
Hank Stratton
as Blaine Gorman
Juan García
as Chauffeur Raul
John Wesley
as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
Anthony Lee
as Steven Kingsley
Jit Sarkar
as Chauffeur Najib
Alexandra Wilson
as Caroline Dawes
Richard Gross
as Militia Leader
Eve Brenner
as Elderly Militia Woman
Larry Jenkins
as Kenya Nkomo
Jim Lau
as Chinese Congressman
Neil Roberts
as Tony Phillips
James C. Victor
as Mutinous Sergeant
Stogie Kenyatta
as Firing Squad Officer
Belinda Belaski
as Graphic Designer
Nathaniel Goodman
as Christina's Cameraman
Peter Radon
as National Guardsman
Diane Sainte-Marie
as Tricia Lee
Sonny Skyhawk
as Indian
Melissa Chan
as Mary Anne Wong
Jodi Verdu
as NewsNet Technician No. 1
Jamison Yang
as NewsNet Technician No. 2
Terry Knight
as Boise Reporter
Jeffrey Wetzel
as Technical Director
Florinel Fatulescu
as Romanian Chauffeur
Paul Guyot
as NewsNet Technician No. 3
Leah Gale
as White House Reporter
Dave Georgi
as Major
Christine Jane Newman
as Militia Child
William Schenker
as Chauffeur Vaclav
Darrel Van Leer
as Mohammed Amin
Lily Wong
as Chinese Interpreter
John Zipperer
as Rebellious Soldier
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Critic Reviews for The Second Civil War

All Critics (4)

The news is fleeting and so is politics and that's exactly what's portrayed here.

Full Review… | September 1, 2006
Film Threat

Not the sharpest political satire out there, but pretty enjoyable more often than not.

Full Review… | February 20, 2014

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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
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January 29, 2004

Dante uses film as a medium for wit and imagination. He's made some great films. Here is another one.

December 14, 2003
Movie Addict

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Full Review… | December 8, 2002
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Audience Reviews for The Second Civil War

a great spoof on the issue of immigration that tears apart both sides of the issue. Phil Hartman is great playing the president

Nick Lynch
Nick Lynch

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