Election

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Perky, overachieving high schooler Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) gets on the nerves of social-studies teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) to begin with, but after she launches her campaign for student-body president and his personal life starts... read more
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Perky, overachieving high schooler Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) gets on the nerves of social-studies teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) to begin with, but after she launches her campaign for student-body president and his personal life starts to fall apart, things spiral out of control. In Alexander Payne’s satire Election, the teacher becomes unhealthily obsessed with cutting his student down to size, covertly backing a spoiler candidate to stop her from steamrolling to victory, and putting in motion a series of dirty tricks and reckless promises with uncanny real-world political parallels. Adapting a then-unpublished novel by Tom Perrotta, Payne grounds the absurdity of his central dynamic in the recognizable—the setting is his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, and the accomplished cast is rounded out with nonprofessionals—and distills his closely observed take on deeply flawed humanity to its bitter but stealthily sympathetic essence.

Original Release

04/23/1999

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Cast

Matthew Broderick Jim McAllister
Reese Witherspoon Tracy Flick
Jessica Campbell Tammy Metzler
Chris Klein Paul Metzler
Phil Reeves Walt Hendricks
Molly Hagan Diane McAllister
Delaney Driscoll Linda Novotny
Colleen Camp Judith R. Flick
Frankie Ingrassia Lisa Flanagan
Matt Malloy Vice-Principal Ron Bell
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Directors

Alexander Payne

Writers

Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Tom Perrotta

Cast

Matthew Broderick Jim McAllister
Reese Witherspoon Tracy Flick
Jessica Campbell Tammy Metzler
Chris Klein Paul Metzler
Phil Reeves Walt Hendricks
Molly Hagan Diane McAllister
Delaney Driscoll Linda Novotny
Colleen Camp Judith R. Flick
Frankie Ingrassia Lisa Flanagan
Matt Malloy Vice-Principal Ron Bell
Jeanine Jackson Jo Metzler
Holmes Osborne Dick Metzler
Nicholas D'Agosto Larry Fouch (as Nick D'Agosto)
John Ponzio Georgetown Student
Rohan Quine Village Guy
Kaitlin Ferrell Jennifer
Sarah Talcott Student
Emily Martin Girl in Crisis
Amy Falcone Michelle - Classroom Student
David Wenzel Eric

Producers

Van Toffler Executive Producer
Albert Berger Producer
David Gale Producer
Keith Samples Producer
Ron Yerxa Producer
Jim Burke Producer
Jacobus Rose Producer
Van Toffler Producer

Editors

Kevin Tent

2000 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Nominated
2000 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
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