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Last Party 2000 (2001)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 29 January 2003 (France)
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Filmed over the last six months of the 2000 Presidential election, Phillip Seymour Hoffman starts documenting the campaign at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, but spends ... See full summary »

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Rebecca Chaiklin, Donovan Leitch Jr. (as Donovan Leitch)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Himself - Narrator
Ben Harper ... Himself
Noam Chomsky ... Himself
Harold Ford ... Himself (as Rep. Harold Ford Jr.)
Tim Robbins ... Himself
John Sellers John Sellers ... Himself
Susan Sarandon ... Herself
Christopher Shays Christopher Shays ... Himself (as Rep. Christopher Shays)
Bill Maher ... Himself
Rosie O'Donnell ... Herself
Melissa Etheridge ... Herself
Courtney Love ... Herself
Antonia Novello Antonia Novello ... Herself (as Dr. Antonia Novella)
Rudy Giuliani ... Himself (as Mayor Rudolph Giuliani)
The Interpreters The Interpreters ... Themselves
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Filmed over the last six months of the 2000 Presidential election, Phillip Seymour Hoffman starts documenting the campaign at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, but spends more time outside, in the street protests and police actions than in the orchestrated conventions. Hoffman shows an obvious distaste for money politics and the conservative right. He looks seedier and more disillusioned the campaign progresses. Eventually Hoffman seems most energized by the Ralph Nader campaign as an alternative to the nearly indistinguishable major parties. The high point of the film are the comments by Barney Frank who says that marches and demonstrations are largely a waste of time, and that the really effective political players such as the NRA and the AARP never bother with walk ins, sit-ins, shoot-ins or shuffles. In the interview with Jesse Jackson, Hoffman is too flustered to ask all of his questions. Written by Maple-2

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An Uncensored Journey into Democracy in America. See more »

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Party's Over See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,652
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Goofs

When Representative Barney Frank is first introduced on screen, he was mistakenly identified as a Republican. In fact, he is a Democrat. See more »

Quotes

Philip Seymour Hoffman: It's easy not to care if you don't know what's going on.
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Crazy Credits

In loving memory of Esther Goldman Buchthal who dedicated her life to making positive social change. See more »


Soundtracks

Whiskey River
(uncredited)
Written by Johnny Bush and Paul Stroud
Performed by Willie Nelson
(live at Farm Aid 2000, Bristow, Virginia)
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the ironic cost of naivete
26 January 2004 | by jryan-4See all my reviews

For most of its duration, this entertainiing documentary seems

to aim at the "both sides are identical in that they are equally

indebted to corporations" logic until the very end when the Bush

bashing starts which doesn't favor the democrats as much as it

illustrates the absurdity of the 2000 election. In a no win situation it

always seems prescient in afterthought to impale the winner. At first this stance appears inconsistent until it becomes clear

that this film proposes the Green Party and Ralph Nader as a the

supposed solution to this both sides bad pardigm . The bloom is far off the rose for this argument because it was

Nader who in fact enabled the "victory" of Bush thus underscoring

the danger of naivete and over simplification during the electoral

process. The jingoistic attitude of America continues to this very

writing. Now, much thanks to Nader and political thinking like the left

leaning bias ultimately revealedin this film, we have ironically

arrived at Bush and a war about which the spy novelist / cold

warrior John LeCarre has written; " Don't pretend that this is not

religiously based. Don't pretend this is not a crusade. Don't

pretend this isn't about oil. Don't pretend this isn't about making a

fortune and keeping the American people on their heels in fear"

Aside from that Mrs Lincoln, it was a pretty good play. six


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