Election [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Election [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Director: Alexander Payne Cast: Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
, Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon
, Chris Klein
Chris Klein
, Jessica Campbell
Jessica Campbell
Alexander Payne
Election [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Election [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Director: Alexander Payne Cast: Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
, Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon
, Chris Klein
Chris Klein
, Jessica Campbell
Jessica Campbell
Alexander Payne

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In this satirical comedy, a hotly contested high school election becomes a metaphor for the current state of American politics. Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) is a popular and well-respected instructor at George Washington Carver High School in Omaha, Nebraska, but lately he's been unhappy in both his personal and professional life, and his anxieties finally come to a head with the school's student elections. Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) is running for student body president, and she certainly seems like the sort of girl who would win a high school election -- she's pretty, popular and takes part in all the right extra-curricular activities. In fact, she seems so perfect she's running unopposed, which offends McAllister's sense of democracy (not to mention the fact he doesn't like her very much). So Jim intervenes and persuades Paul Metzler (Chris Klein) to run against Tracy. Paul is not terribly bright and is entirely unqualified to be student president, but as a star of the school's football team (before a leg injury sidelined him), he's popular enough to at least give Tracy a run for her money. Just as the race begins to heat up, a spanner is truly thrown into the works when Paul's sister, Tammy (Jessica Campbell) announces she's also running for office. Publicly, Tammy's platform is that the student elections are ultimately pointless and if she's elected, she'll eliminate them altogether. Privately, Tammy is out for revenge against her brother; it seems Tammy is experimenting with her sexuality, and a recent fling with a bisexual classmate named Lisa (Frankie Ingrassia) ended when Lisa dumped her to start going out with Paul. Based on the novel by Tom Perrotta, Election was directed by Alexander Payne, who won enthusiastic reviews for his debut feature, Citizen Ruth; Payne also co-wrote the screenplay with Jim Taylor.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/12/2017
UPC: 0715515207218
Original Release: 1999
Rating: R
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Language: English
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 8,442

Special Features

New, restored 4k digital transfer, supervised and approved by Director Alexander Payne, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack; Audio Commentary from 1999 featuring Payne; New interview with actor Reese Witherspoon; The Passion of Martin Payne's 1990 UCLA thesis film, with a new introduction by the Director; Trulnside: "Election," a 2016 documentary featuring on-set footage and interviews with cast and crew; Omaha local-news report on the film's production; Trailer; Plus. An essay by critic Dana Stevens

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Broderick Jim McAllister
Reese Witherspoon Tracy Flick
Chris Klein Paul Metzler
Jessica Campbell Tammy Metzler
Colleen Camp Judith R. Flick
Frankie Ingrassia Lisa Flanagan
Delaney Driscoll Linda Novotny
Mark Harelik Dave Novotny
Holmes Osborne Dick Metzler
Jeanine Jackson Jo Metzler
Phil Reeves Walt Hendricks
Loren Nelson Custodian
Joel Parks Jerry Slavin
Matt Malloy Vice Principal Ron Bell
Larry Kaiser Chemistry Teacher
Molly Hagan Diane McAllister
Emily Martin Girl in Crisis
Jonathan Marion Classroom Student
Amy Falcone Classroom Student
B.J. Tobin Adult Video Actor
Marilyn Tipp Carver Office Lady
Nicholas D'Agosto Larry Fouch
James Devney Motel Clerk
David Wenzel Tracy's Friend Eric
Jillian Crane Jillian
Frankie Igrassia Lisa Flanagan
Matt Justesen "Eat Me" Boy
Nick Kenny "Eat Me" Boy's Buddy
Brian Tobin Adult Video Actor
Christa Young Adult Video Actress
Jeannie Brayman Faculty Ballot-Giver
L. Carmen Novoa Spanish Teacher
Jason Paige Kid in Georgetown Hall
Matt Golden Kid in Georgetown Hall
Heather Koenig Kid in Georgetown Hall
Rolfe Kent Composer

Technical Credits
Alexander Payne Director,Screenwriter
Lisa Beach Casting
Albert Berger Producer
David Gale Producer
Keith Samples Producer
Van Toffler Executive Producer
Ron Yerxa Producer
Jim Taylor Screenwriter
Gary J. Wayton Stunts
Jon Ailetcher Sound Effects
Jon Ailetcher Sound/Sound Designer
Rolfe Kent Producer
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