Contender, The

DreamWorks Home Ent.   (2000) / Region 1   4.25   See All Reviews
Contender, The

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Sometimes you can assassinate a leader without firing a shot.

"The most controversial movie in years," claims Joel Siegel of Good Morning America.

Power comes at a stunning price, in this electrifying thriller that features riveting performances by an all-star cast. The vice president is dead, and as the president (Jeff Bridges) makes his choice for a replacement, a secret contest of wills is being waged by a formidable rival (Gary Oldman). When Senator Laine Hanson (Joan Allen) is nominated as the first woman in history to hold the office, hidden agendas explode into a battle for power.

Critics rave that The Contender is "the most important American film in years...a remarkably powerful and provocative thriller," (Jeff Craig, Sixty Second Preview).


  • Length
  • Rating R
  • Released:
  • Added Dec 26 2000
  • Production Year 2000
  • Empire SKU 24095
  • UPC Code 667068780925
  • Studio  DreamWorks Home Ent.
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


In-Depth Commentary with Writer/Director Rod Lurie and Award-Winning Actress Joan Allen
Deleted Scenes
A Fascinating Behind-the-Scenes Featurette: The Making of a Political Thriller
Theatrical Trailer
Production Notes
Cast & Filmmaker Biographies


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
    English Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
    English DTS 5.1 [CC]
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

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