The Ides of March


The Ides of March

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While not exactly exposing revelatory truths, The Ides of March is supremely well-acted drama that moves at a measured, confident clip.



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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 a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency. -- (C) Sony Pictures


Ryan Gosling
as Stephen Meyers
George Clooney
as Governor Mike Morris
Philip Seymour Hoffman
as Paul Zara Philip
Paul Giamatti
as Tom Duffy
Evan Rachel Wood
as Molly Stearns
Marisa Tomei
as ida Horowicz
Jeffrey Wright
as Senator Thompson
Max Minghella
as Ben Harpen
Jennifer Ehle
as Cindy Morris
Gregory Itzin
as Jack Stearns
Michael Mantell
as Senator Pullman
Danny Mooney
as Campaign Editor
John Manfredi
as Advance Guy
Robert Mervak
as Piano Player
Fabio Polanco
as Security Guard
Peter Harpen
as Head First Bartender
Rohn Thomas
as Stage Manager
Kris Reilly
as Student #2
Michael D. Ellison
as Pullman Staffer
Leslie McCurdy
as Clinic Nurse
Jill Hayley Meyers
as Pullman Staffer
Rob Braun
as Himself
Charlie Rose
as Himself
Deb Dixon
as Local Anchor
Neal Anthony Rubin
as Reporter #1
Loretta Higgins
as Reporter #2
Joe Dinda
as Joe the Staffer
John Repulski
as Organist
Cherie Bowman
as Air Tran Ticket Agent
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  • Aug 15, 2017
    The Ides Of March makes politics look like an intense game a chess. Democrats vs Republicans. Honestly surprised we don't have more films about political debates! The reason why I compared this to chess was due to the intelligent methodology that these campaigns used against each other. A glimpse into the inner workings of a political campaign and how simply one mistake could cost a senator the presidential seat. Acknowledging every move your opponent makes and having to predict what they will do. Most importantly though, this is a film about loyalty and how it is the most important trait to acquire in the world of politics. Believing in an idealism even if the man representing that ideology is not entirely innocent or perfect. This is George Clooney's baby; he directed, wrote, produced and starred in the film...I was mightily impressed. The political sub-genre is a guilty pleasure of mine and really showcases some excellent concise screenplays. It's no different here, I was captivated from start to end. A talented and likeable cast certainly helped, particularly Ryan Gosling who just keeps on excelling in every role he gets. Hoffman, Clooney, Giamatti, Tomei...the list goes on and every one of them gives a cold stern performance. Politics is harsh and the screenplay really hones in on campaigns doing anything they can to win. Corruption, persuasion, blackmailing...the brutal reality of politics have negative effects on campaigners, so much so that their lives could potentially be destroyed. Absolutely fascinating, although slightly hyperbolic. I did find the ending slightly underwhelming and frustrating, probably because it's the ending I didn't want. However, this is utterly enthralling with a tight script and excellent cast. I would like to live in a world where George Clooney runs for president. Make it happen.
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2014
    The 2011 film adaptation of the play "Farragut North" by Beau Willimon is a sufficiently entertaining and decently acted exchange of blackmails and opportunistic individuals in the political world, where "every mistake is magnified". Clooney is certainly a fan of political controversy, questioning the moral ambitions of those involved either in politics or in the media. His directorial scope is definitely talented, but not sufficiently vast to adapt a memorable story that compells the audience to experience something further than just a thrilling ride with dramatic turns, but he definitely should keep trying given that his statements are still pretty much related to his previous ones, which were actually featured in better movies. On an unrelated note, the cast did a pretty good job; it's always great to see such likeable actors like Seymour Hoffman with his powerful wittinness and Giamatti with his complicated characters. Gosling, a rising star, participated in a role that, ironically, did not rise his talents to the surface. 64/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2013
    WOT IZ wrong with George Clooney?
    Lilo C Super Reviewer

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