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Recount

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7.31 h 56 min200815
A chronicle of the weeks after the 2000 U.S. presidential election and the subsequent recounts in Florida.
Directors
Jay Roach
Starring
Kevin SpaceyBob BalabanEd Begley Jr.
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Laura DernJohn HurtDenis LearyBruce McgillTom WilkinsonBruce Altman
Studio
HBO
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4.2 out of 5 stars

166 global ratings

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  2. 24% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 10% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
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J NewmanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 September 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good political drama of the 2000 General Election
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Interesting background to the Bush v Gore fiasco in the Florida recounts of the 2000 Presidential Election. As a British viewer, the intricacies of American electoral laws was not something I was overly familiar with although with the Trump v Biden recounts of 2020 and all the lawsuits Trump filed to contest the Election results, one could not help become something of an armchair expert. Perhaps the most shocking aspect of the Bush v Gore campaign was SCOTUS effectively deciding a Presidential Election. RECOUNT is a well acted drama but also educational and illustrates how the separation of powers, even at the State Legislative level, in one of the most powerful democracies in the world should never be assumed or taken for granted.
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David RowlandReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 January 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Recount
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Who would have thought a film about an election count could be so engrossing and dramatic but it is. The film is a fascinating insight into how the Americans conduct their elections. After watching the film I thanked God that our electoral system is so straightforward compared to theirs. Here you just put a cross against the name of your preferred candidate and Bob's your uncle but not in the good old US of A who like to complicate things with technology. Apparently there are many Democrats to this day who think that election was stolen from Gore by Bush but they eventually got their revenge when Abama came to power in the last election and the Republicans were defeated.

The film gathers pace and the excitement increases as first Gore appeared to be the winner and then Bush but the result is disputed because the difference in their votes is so close and the verdict of the electorate in Florida could have been influenced by defects in the punch cards that voters pierce when they cast their votes. Because there was no clear undisputed winner the Americans do what they do best and both parties bring in an army of lawyers but even then there are many hassles before the final verdict is given.

All the performances in the film are great, especially by the ever reliable Kevin Spacey and I would like to think that the British could do a similar fine job with regard to our elections but I doubt it.
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Agnostic DuckReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 December 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
Compelling - the tale of a flawed system
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I am writing this having seen the More 4 showing of this "Docu-Drama".
It is an engrossing film with sterling performances from the lead roles, particularly Tom Wilkinson as James Baker - a stunning performance from this excellent actor. Of course Kevin Spacey shines as does John Hurt.
It is all about the debacle of the 2000 presidential election between George Bush Jnr and Al Gore - specifically the "Florida Fiasco" where the vote count was deemed erroneous and all manner of things "hit the fan"!
The pace a quick and the script is keen and tight; there are shades of West Wing here.
More than anything - this records the flawed electorial system of one of the most powerful countries on earth.
Interesting, intriguing and thought provoking - I look forward to the DVD and the absence of the all too frequent adverts!!! It will be great to view it in one piece.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 November 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
American politics laid bare
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A brilliant film. This spells it out just how George W. Bush stole the presidency from Al Gore.
As they say, "In the USA, just because you get the most votes, doesn't mean that you win the election! ".
It thoroughly discredits the Electoral College system, which can put too much power into the hands of those who misuse it for their spurious benefit.
oldallensReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 July 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
Why bother?
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The only thing this oh-so-predictable film has in common with the brilliant "The day of the jackal" is the fact that we already know how they both end.
So politics is a dirty business, so lawyers are the only winners, so some people in power are idiots. So what!
Oliver DunnReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 April 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent service
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Excellent service couldn’t be better!!!
L M.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 January 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
In a queue
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No time to evaluate yet. One star does not mean it is not good
Matron AnnReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 January 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The manipulation as this is a true account
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Passionate about American politics pre trump
Obvious Gore won
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