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Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)

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A battle-hardened American political consultant is sent to help re-elect a controversial president in Bolivia, where she must compete with a long-term rival working for another candidate.

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David Gordon Green

Writers:

Rachel Boynton (suggested by the documentary), Peter Straughan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Bullock ... Jane
Billy Bob Thornton ... Pat Candy
Anthony Mackie ... Ben
Joaquim de Almeida ... Castillo
Ann Dowd ... Nell
Scoot McNairy ... Buckley
Zoe Kazan ... LeBlanc
Dominic Flores ... Hugo
Reynaldo Pacheco ... Eddie
Louis Arcella ... Rivera
Octavio Gómez Berríos ... Pepe
Luis Chávez ... Abraham
Azucena Diaz Azucena Diaz ... Claudia - Talk Show Host
Damian Delgado Damian Delgado ... Velasco
Nina Leon ... Rivera Reporter
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Storyline

In 2002, Bolivian politician Pedro Gallo hires American James Carville's political consulting firm, Greenberg Carville Shrum, to help him win the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. GCS brings in Jane Bodine to manage the campaign in Bolivia. Battling her arch nemesis, the opposition's political consultant Pat Candy. Written by Gerry Garcia

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From the Academy Award winning producers of ARGO See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Our Brand Is Crisis See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,238,433, 1 November 2015

Gross USA:

$7,002,261

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,527,658
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mostly shot the film in New Orleans, LA and Puerto Rico. See more »

Goofs

When the characters speak in Spanish, most of them have Mexican accents (including and most obviously Eduardo Camacho.) No real Bolivian accents are heard in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Pat Candy: You know, when Adlai Stevenson was running for president, a woman came up to him on a rally one night and said, "Every thinking person will be voting for you." And Stevenson said, "Ma'am, that's not enough. I need a majority."
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The Rose
Written by Amanda McBroom
Performed by Louis Arcella
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The 2015 fictional version vs. the 2005 documentary: and the winner is ...
31 October 2015 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Our Brand Is Crisis" (2015 release; 107 min.) brings the story of "Calamity" Jane Bodine (played by Sandra Bullock). As the movie opens, Jane is discussed by a couple of campaigners who are driving up North to meet her, and we learn that Jane has been away from politics for 6 years and lost the previous four campaigns she was involved in. Yet they are desperate enough to convince her to come aboard. The candidate? A Senator in Bolivia who is down by 28 points. On top of that, the leader in the polls has hired how own US campaign consultant (played by Billy Bob Thornton). At this point we're 15 minute into the movie, but to tell you more would spoil your viewing experience. You'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments, as noted in the movie's opening credits, the movie is "suggested by the documentary by Rachel Boynton" (from 2005). The movie is directed by David Gordon Green, best known fir "Joe" and "Pineapple Express". While the 2005 documentary was a riveting look at how American-style politics might (or might not) work in a place like Bolivia, the 2015 movie version cannot make up its mind whether to be a comedy, a satire or a drama. It has some elements of all three but in the end it isn't funny enough (even though there are a couple of very funny moments), or biting enough to resonate. The movie is saved by Sandra Bullock, who oozes charm and charisma, and Billy Bob Thornton, as his rival. The scenes in which they directly interact are stellar. Snarls Thornton to Bullock: "when you play long enough with the monsters, you become a monster", ha! The movie also lacks a surprising amount of character development. Do we really know all that much more about 'Calamity' Jane at the end of the movie? .

"Our Brand Is Crisis" opened nationwide this weekend, and even though I had my doubts that it could live up to the original documentary, I nevertheless decided to check it out. The Saturday matinée screening where I saw this at here in Cincinnati was nicely attended, somewhat to my surprise to be honest. If you haven't seen the 2005 documentary of the same name, I would strongly encourage you to check that out before you see this. Even though the facts in the documentary are now 13 years old, it remains a must-see film about politics and campaigning. The 2015 fictional version is not a must-see, but it makes for an interesting exercise to compare the documentary against the fictional version.


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