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The Second Civil War
The Second Civil War
Actors: Beau Bridges, Joanna Cassidy, Phil Hartman, James Earl Jones, James Coburn
Director: Joe Dante
Genres: Comedy, Drama
R     2005     1hr 37min

What happens when the Governor of Idaho decides to close his state borders to fight a wave of immigrants, but is caught up in a stormy love affair with his fiery Hispanic news reporter mistress? The answer may well be the ...  more »

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Actors: Beau Bridges, Joanna Cassidy, Phil Hartman, James Earl Jones, James Coburn
Director: Joe Dante
Creators: Mac Ahlberg, Marshall Harvey, Barry Levinson, Chip Diggins, Guy Riedel, Udi Nedivi, Martyn Burke
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama
Studio: Hbo Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/30/2005
Original Release Date: 03/15/1997
Theatrical Release Date: 03/15/1997
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 37min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

"Strangelove" Quality Political Black Comedy | Graz, Austria | 11/26/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

""The Second Civil War" accomplishes what "Wag the Dog" tried and failed to do. While the latter, despite great performances, becomes a stale one-joke movie, the former takes ever more outrageous twists and turns. And everything that happens is frighteningly within the realm of possibility! Best in-joke: James Earl Jones, the "voice" of CNN, plays a reporter for the CNN clone in the movie."
Awsome movie! | 02/14/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Directed by Joe Dante this brilliant black humor comedy satirizes everything, from racism, to imigration, religion, politics and the power of the media. In a near future, the governor of Idaho(Beau Briges) decides to close his state borders to protect the "american way of life", more precisely his own. The situation turns into a circus when a plane of pakistani refuges fleeing from a nuclear war tries to land in Idaho. And so starts this big mess that might lead to civil war. As the story progresses we see it from various points of view like the news network triyng to explore the situation for higher viewings rates, the imconpetent president and his advisors and governor Farley that sees himself in a situation where there is no turning back. Great performances from James Earl Jones and James Coburn."
Unbelievable HBO Movie!!!
gardener97 | Atlanta | 04/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Starts off funny, moves to hilarious and end up very disturbing. An incredible stellar cast. Made in 1997 and for a number of years HBO has pretended it never heard of this film and it is not for sale (today) in the HBO store. It was once sold for a very short time on laser disk and vhs. Then it was pulled and denied. Suddenly it has surfaced on dvd. I figure I'd grab a copy on dvd before it disappears again.

Excellent movie - well crafted and definitely not 'politically correct'."
Funny, relevant and possible
mrpbrooks | 04/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Sorry, but I love this movie. Not only is it quite funny, but it prophisized not only Lewinsky, but GW Bush as well. This is something that I think could happen in the US (a Hispanic Revolution, closing our borders to immigration). I also think the fact that Clinton could not ask South Carolina to remove the confederate flag indicates just how fragile the Presidency is in the context of states and Governors."