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Spinning Boris (2003)

Russian political elite hires American consultants to help with President Yeltsin's re-election campaign when his approval rating is down to single digits.

Director:

Roger Spottiswoode

Writers:

Yuri Zeltser, Grace Cary Bickley (as Cary Bickley)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Goldblum ... George Gorton
Anthony LaPaglia ... Dick Dresner
Liev Schreiber ... Joe Shumate
Boris Lee Krutonog ... Felix Braynin (as Boris Krutonog)
Svetlana Efremova ... Tatiana Dyachenko
Shauna MacDonald ... Lisa
Gregory Hlady ... Andrei Lugov
Vladimir Radian Vladimir Radian ... Vasso
Ilia Volok ... Elvis Impersonator
Konstantin Kazakov Konstantin Kazakov ... Oleg Soskovets
Judah Katz ... Michael Kramer
Maria Syrgiannis ... Female Journalist
Ola Sturik Ola Sturik ... Post Office Clerk
Gillian Vanderburgh Gillian Vanderburgh ... Dick Dresner's Wife
Serge Timokhin Serge Timokhin ... Hotel Desk Clerk
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Early in 1996, three Republican campaign operatives take a job in secret assisting Boris Yeltsin's reelection. Once in Moscow, they find he's polling at 6 percent with the election a few months away. While Dick Dresner wants to go home, George Gorton and Joe Shumate vote to stay. First, they must get someone's attention; they succeed finally with Yeltsin's daughter. Then it's polling, focus groups, messages and spin. Even as Yeltsin's numbers go up, the trio are unsure who hired them and whether Yeltsin's allies have a different plan in mind than election victory. When the going gets toughest, it's Gorton who puts a spin on our stake: democracy and capitalism must win. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Electing a Russian president the American way.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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The film is based on actual events. While the film portrays all three consultants as being in Russia during the entire campaign, Gorton, Dresner and Shumate flew in and out of Russia during the five month period from February through July, 1996. Usually, two of the three were in Russia while the other was in the USA. This was a safety precaution, so if something went wrong in Russia, the member of the team in the US could get the other two out. See more »

Goofs

Half way the film, the three protagonists are discussing Tatiana inside Lenin's Mausoleum at the Red Square. It is however strictly forbidden to stand still and speak inside the mausoleum. See more »

Quotes

Joe Shumate: I know what you're thinking.
George Gorton: Do you? Then you're about to go f**k yourself.
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Spinning History
29 September 2003 | by j-bouwmeesterSee all my reviews

This is a nice political comedy. Three American election-consultants are hired to help Boris Jeltsin to win Russia's first free election. Jeltsin's daughter is the campaign leader and speaks for her father. Though the three consultants never meet Jeltsin in person, this gap is nicely filled with archive material of the real election campaign in 1996. The movie begins with the statement 'based on a truth story'. I strongly doubt this story is authentic, but it is plausible though.

Jeff Goldblum is the real star in this movie and some non-hollywood details, like the fact that some Russians don't speak English (so there is a lot of Russian language in the movie), are very nice and make this movie an above-average one. Watch it if you like satire and are not afraid of politics!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 2003 (USA) See more »

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The Yeltsin Project See more »

Filming Locations:

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