Swing Vote

In a remarkable turn-of-events, the result of the presidential election comes down to one man's vote.
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Joshua Michael Stern
Kevin CostnerPaula PattonKelsey Grammer
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Dennis HopperNathan LaneStanley TucciGeorge LopezMadeline Carroll
Jim WilsonKevin Costner
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Billy JackReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2018
1.0 out of 5 starsAvoid this cheesy Blu-Ray release
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This, the 2016 Mill Creek Entertainment Blu-Ray release of Swing Vote, is a bare-bones, cash-grab re-issue of one of my favorite films.

(This is *not* the 2009 Disney Studios Blu-ray which was reviewed on the highdefdigest website)

There is only a simple "Play Movie" menu, and no scene selection menu. Six arbitrary scene index points are available (only through the player remote control) whereas the original studio DVD and Blu-Ray have 13 chapters.

Audio is Dolby Stereo in English.
No subtitles.
No foreign language audio.

Image quality is marginally better than the DVD, but this is a story-driven film, not the sort of picture which depends on striking visuals in order to make an impression.

None of the bonus featurettes of the original editions are included, nor is the notable writer/director audio commentary. (one of the most interesting of these I have heard)

The original Disney Studio DVD and Blu-Ray releases are full-featured discs offering a Dolby Digital 5.1 main audio track, (DTS 5.1 on the Blu-Ray) supplementary Spanish/English audio tracks and subtitles, and writer/director commentary audio track in both English and Spanish. (all with subtitles to match!)

I wish I had known these things before making this regrettable, disappointing-in-all-respects purchase. If I can't find the original Blu-Ray, I'm sticking with the DVD. Really, it's better.
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MaggiesweetsReviewed in the United States on June 15, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsI don't care what anyone says...this is a FUNNY movie!
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One of my favorite comedies, ever. And Kevin Costner does a wonderful job of being a slob, too laid back for his own good character. Thankfully, his young daughter has more sense than he does and helps him grow up!

Funny movie. Family safe movie, too, which is nice in these days of so much sex and violence and innuendo in movies.

If you haven't seen it, you ought to check it out. If you have seen it, I hope you agree with our review and share it with others!
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cat ladyReviewed in the United States on October 22, 2018
1.0 out of 5 starsScary Movie
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After 40 minutes in to this movie, I was appalled at the premise that the unwashed masses could so influence our electoral process. Our founding fathers had the correct idea, that only citizens who were property owners had the intelligence to vote. This is one of the scariest movies that I have ever seen.
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JCDIReviewed in the United States on May 13, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsWow! — What a Great movie!
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A family movie for kids to grandparents and back to parents and singles. This movie brings more insight to the American Political process than all the months of media coverage on the campaign trail. It is not intended to be the final word, but instead to open up the discussion into new areas. Really good characters, and really relatable in so many ways.
Im really very impressed by Kevin Costner - all these years after Dances With Wolves (which was a great great movie) he brings us this treat which is so totally different - - but also world class. Thanks.
Brianna W.Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2016
4.0 out of 5 starsFun Movie to Watch on Election Night
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Although this movie is a little predictable, I really enjoyed the portrayal of Bud and his daughter, two average Americans in a small town. In most movies, the "All American Average Joe" is way better-looking, better-spoken and lives in a much nicer home than you'd find in reality. However, in this film, Kevin Costner got to skip washing his hair for a few days, his on-screen daughter looked like a real kid, they lived in a sorta-messy trailer, and they talked, for the most part, like real people do.

It managed to be comedic, even while dealing with important issues. I laughed really hard at the candidate's not-so-subtle attempts to influence Bud, and especially enjoyed their TV commercials.

A great movie for any election season. I'd definitely watch it again.
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errin spellingReviewed in the United States on April 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsthe child is wiser than the parent
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she really cares about the issues and wants to help people, so when her father does not show up at the poles, she votes for him. it's a great story and a wonderful movie.both presidential candidates try to bribe kevin costner. the entire country goes crazy.
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N.A.CrawfordReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2012
5.0 out of 5 starsInteresting, funny and enlightening.
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I didn't know of this movie until I came across it by accident. I like to feel there's a lesson in this movie. Anyhow, Ernest "Bud" Johnson(Kevin Costner)is a man who stays drunk. Matter of fact, his daughter is the one who wakes him up, keeps him going and is an all around secretary for him to the point of putting up bold reminders in his room so he won't forget. It is Election Day, and Bud doesn't give a darn. He works in an egg factory as one of the few minority(more Hispanic than whites) who feel their jobs are in jeopardy and surprisingly, he has any opinion on. When he loses his job for being a major screw up, he goes to the local watering hole and forgets that he has a date later on with his daughter to "vote". When he forgets, it is she(played well by newcomer Madeline Carroll)who sneaks in, signs his name and would have voted if the cleaning person didn't accidentally remove the voting machine plug from the wall, causing major problems and leaving an entire Presidential election in the balance because both contenders has 270 votes each and needs his one to make it to the Presidency. So now it's off to New Mexico, where both contenders(Kelsey Grammar and Dennis Hopper)both bend to the will of their campaign managers(Stanley Tucci and Nathan Lane respectively)and do things that seemingly compromise their own views and values as well as give this man major props and rides and extras. It gets to the point that reporters and special interest groups are now in on the bandwagon taking over this little town JUST to make this one man see the light. At first, Costner is trying to enjoy the goodies and hobnob with the big boys but as time goes by with some help of his politically suave daughter and reporter(Paula Patton), things begin to change and he becomes more enlightened. Quite entertaining and I plan to watch it close to Election time.
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PatReviewed in the United States on November 3, 2020
4.0 out of 5 starsIt's a sweet movie!
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Watching this in 2020 - it feels like something out of an alternative universe. Nobody is being combative, nobody is being violent - both candidates sell out their beliefs, sure. Guess what? They learn from it. Refreshing!

The movie itself is solid - a creative story told with energy. Costner is great. It's wholesome, but will address everything from abortion rights to illegal immigration. Even though Stanley Tucci encourages voter suppression, both parties are presented respectfully. Great supporting cast. I appreciate that!
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