Election: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1999) / Region A
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Reading, Writing, Revenge.

Perky, overachieving Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) gets on the nerves of history teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) to begin with, but after she launches her campaign for high-school president and his personal life starts to fall apart, things spiral out of control. In Alexander Payne's satire Election, the teacher becomes unhealthily obsessed with cutting his student down to size, covertly backing a spoiler candidate to stop her from steamrolling to victory, and putting in motion a series of dirty tricks and reckless promises with uncanny real-world political parallels. Adapting a then-unpublished novel by Tom Perrotta, Payne grounds the absurdity of his central dynamic in the recognizable the setting is his hometown of Omaha, and the accomplished cast is rounded out with nonprofessionals and distills his closely observed take on deeply flawed humanity to its bitter but stealthily sympathetic essence.

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  • Length
  • Rating R
  • Released:
  • Added Oct 27 2017
  • Production Year 1999
  • Empire SKU 1942319
  • UPC Code 715515207218
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English

Features

Audio Commentary from 2008 Featuring Payne
New Interview with Payne
New Interview with actor Reese Witherspoon
The Passion of Martin, Payne's 1991 UCLA Senior Thesis Film
Omaha local-news reports on the film's Production
Trailer
PLUS: An essay by critic Dana Stevens

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    English DTS-HD MA 5.1
  • Video
    Widescreen 2.40:1 Color

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