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Spinning Boris (2003)

Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Jeff Goldblum, Anthony LaPaglia, more...
Director: Roger Spottiswoode, Roger Spottiswoode
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Studio: Showtime Entertainment
Genre: Political Satire
Running Time: 113 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
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Roger Spottiswoode directs Jeff Goldblum, Anthony LaPaglia, and Liev Schreiber in the political satire Spinning Boris. The film takes place during the Russian elections of 1996 that ended with Boris Yeltsin becoming the head of the country. The trio of lead actors play political consultants who use their knowledge of American style campaigning to get Yeltsin the victory. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

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Spinning & Winning by talltale September 29, 2004 - 6:37 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Not just politics--in all its sleazy glory--but the behind-the-scenes politicking that helps create "politics" is on view in the Showtime made-for-cable movie SPINNING BORIS. This very funny, sophisticated and bizarre little film is all about how, several years back, three American political consultants were hired by some Russians to help ensure that Boris Yeltsin won the first "democratic" election in Russia's history. The ironies on display here, big and small, probably outdo those of any other film you can think of. The three leads--Goldblum, LaPaglia and Schreiber--are good, as usual, while director Roger Spottiswoode ("And the Band Played On," "Under Fire") keeps things moving in a consistently interesting manner. To call this film unbelievable is to make the same point the movie itself keeps making: politics in America is unbelievable; politics made by Americans in Russia is through the looking-glass. If the difference between movies and real life is all about glamour, the dvd gives you a taste of that, too--in spades. Turn on the Bonus track and watch the interviews with the actual three guys who pulled this stunt off. Do they look remotely like Goldblum (shirt off, pecs and abs gleaming), LaPaglia or Schreiber? 'Nuff said.

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