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The Ides of March [DVD]

Ryan Gosling , George Clooney , George Clooney    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood
  • Directors: George Clooney
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005ZCSP0K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,664 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Director-star George Clooney's The Ides of March is the perfect film to mirror our time, when the approval rating of the United States Congress is at an all-time low and the divisions between the two major parties and their constituents are wider than ever. Everyone'll have some kind of nit to pick with this rather self-serious film. Right-wingers won't like the fact that the central politician (Clooney's Governor Mike Morris of Pennsylvania, who's running for president) is a liberal Democrat who advocates raising taxes on the rich, supports a woman's right to choose, and may be an atheist ("My religion is the Constitution."). But the Left won't be thrilled by the notion that even among the most seemingly high-minded, the desire for victory and the behind-the-scenes maneuverings and compromises made to achieve it easily trump quaint notions like loyalty and integrity, and secrets are like bullets to be fired at close range, where they can do the most damage. The backdrop is the Ohio Democratic primary, a tight race between Morris and a senator from Arkansas. Both candidates have smart, able folks working for them, with Morris's world-weary campaign manager, Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and idealistic press secretary, Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling), countered by the opponent's shrewd campaign leader, Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti). But smart people make mistakes too, and when Stephen meets semi-publicly with Duffy, who tries to lure the young man over to his side, he opens a can of worms with a stink that leads to some very dark places; nor does his dalliance with a young campaign volunteer (Evan Rachel Wood) turn out to be a great idea, to say the least. With Marisa Tomei (as a reporter) and Jeffrey Wright (as an Ohio senator whose endorsement may decide the race) also along for the ride, this is one of the best-cast movies in recent memory, and they're all excellent--especially the ever-reliable Giamatti and Hoffman, whose old political vets have some wonderfully juicy scenes. The dialogue is literate and sharp; the story's twists and turns are, for the most part, surprising enough to keep you in your seat. Best of all, it's another chance to shake our fists at the hubris and cynicism of the people who're supposed to be representing our best interests. --Sam Graham

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Written and directed by Academy Award® winner George Clooney and starring Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March is an electrifying tale of ambition, betrayal and revenge. As up and coming press secretary Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling) battles tirelessly for Governor Mike Morris (George Clooney) in a frantic election race he becomes distracted by sexy young intern Molly (Evan Rachel Wood). Whilst concealing their affair he agrees to meet the opposition s campaign manager (Paul Giamatti), who offers him a job on his staff. Stephen neglects to inform his boss of the meeting and as his silence is revealed he discovers a dirty personal secret that could sink Morris political career. Stephen must then decide whether to enact revenge or use it to his advantage. Boasting a stellar cast including George Clooney, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti and Evan Rachel Wood, this seductive, award-winning thriller will leave audiences guessing until the very last moment.

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Political Potboiler Pelter 8 Mar 2012
By Mitun
'The Ides of March' is a political drama-thriller film that released in 2011 to critical acclaim and proved to be a resounding box-office hit. The film is an adaptation of the 2008 play, 'Farragut North' written by Beau Willimon. The play itself is loosely based on the 2004 Democratic primary campaign of Howard Dean (American politician and Ex-Governor of Vermont).

The feature revolves around Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling) who is the Junior Campaign Manager for Mike Morris (George Clooney), Governor of Pennsylvania and a Democratic presidential candidate. As the presidential primary heats up, Meyers struggles with his aspirations. He becomes torn apart by love, ambition and by the rude awakening of corruption within politics.

I wasn't so sure about this George Clooney directed feature, which looked like it was going to be boring containing an over-dose of American politics. Before you read further, I would like to say that I was wrong.

Well on watching it, I was compelled with the story, which contained almost about everything from friendship, lust, innocence, corruption, love, backstabbing to revenge. Oops, the main theme I forgot to mention is politics and that too in moderation. From the first minute to the final seconds, the movie keeps your attention. The start is a bit slow but the pace speeds up by every passing moment. The build-up of tension is fantastic especially in the latter stages. The finale is fitting and really enjoyable.

The performances of the actors is what really makes this movie work. George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman (Senior Campaign Manager Paul Zara) and Paul Giamatti (Opposing Campaign Manager Tom Duffy) prove why they are heavyweights in acting. Marisa Tomei is just about okay as the egoistic news reporter Ida.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By R. A. Davison TOP 1000 REVIEWER
In The Ides Of March, George Clooney plays Mike Morris, a governor who is running an intelligent and idealistic campaign for President. Ryan Gosling plays his junior campaign manager, a fervent believer in Morris's suitability for the role, resembling in some ways the many young people who got involved with Obama's presidential campaign in 08

An adaptation by Beau Willimon with George Clooney and Grant Heslov of Willimon's play Farragut North, the trailer for this film gives incorrect impressions about the plot of the film implying that certain events occur that don't actually occur. In other ways too it gives the potential viewer the wrong message. I for example expected a political thriller; it delivers all of the politics but none of the thriller.

The film is 97 minutes long. Nothing of any real note happens in this film for precisely 53 minutes, I know because I paused it when something finally happened, up until this point all that is established is the parameters of this world. What remains is 40 minutes or so of double crossing of varying success.

I was very disappointed when I missed this in the cinema, but now feel rather relieved. Very little happens in it other than the slow destruction of a young man's naivety. Though both Clooney and Gosling are very strong, the kitchen scene, for example is excellent, this film really does not have much substance to speak of at all, and has a boring first hour of subjects which were handled in a better, more erudite and defter way by The West Wing some years ago.

Frankly, I was bored, and was extremely surprised that I was so bored. Not worth paying for in any respect, see it when it comes on TV as part of your package or on a free channel. 5/10
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By haunted
"The Ides of March" didn't grab me for the first hour or so. We all watch the news enough to realise that US politics is a sleazy business so it felt that I was seeing nothing new.

However a fast paced last 45 minutes more than made up for this.

Ryan Gosling plays Stephen Myers, the media savvy deputy campaign manager for Governor Mike Morris, played by George Clooney. They are in the run up to the crucial Ohio Democratic Party presidential primary. The race is neck and neck and whoever wins Ohio will be in a great position to take the White House.

Myers, though battle hardened genuinely believes that his candidate can will a real difference if elected. This came across as a bit naïve to me, but I suppose George can persuade you he can do anything!

Two actions set in motion the crisis that will envelope the main characters. First Myers, again rather naively in my opinion, secretly meets the rival campaign manager. He also starts an affair with a young campaign intern.

It is when the consequences of these events become clear that the movie really gets going. The ending is filled with tension though you are left with the inevitable conclusion that politics is a very dirty business and you have to look out for number one.

Clooney directs and co-writes as well as acting and he does a fine job. The film lasts less than two hours but packs in a lot of characters and a fairly complicated plot.

The cast is excellent. As well as Gosling and Clooney Philip Seymour Hoffman , Paul Giamatti and Evan Rachel Wood put in great performances.
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