The Last Debate


1h 30m 2002

Brief Synopsis

Four journalists change the course of American history by influencing a presidential debate to favor the candidate they think should be elected. Based on the novel by Jim Lehrer.It's less than two weeks before the presidential election and the polls show a dead heat. After months of negotiation, pre

Film Details

Also Known As
Last Debate
Release Date
2002
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Synopsis

Four journalists change the course of American history by influencing a presidential debate to favor the candidate they think should be elected. Based on the novel by Jim Lehrer.It's less than two weeks before the presidential election and the polls show a dead heat. After months of negotiation, presidential candidates Republican pundit Richard Meredith and Democratic Governor Paul L. Greene have finally agreed to debate each other on live television. They have chosen popular political columnist Mike Howley to be the moderator of the debate and his co-panelists to be political magazine writer Barbara Manning, TV anchorwoman Joan Naylor and radio reporter Henry Ramirez. Just 24 hours before the debate, Howley is presented with damaging allegations regarding one of the candidates. With no time before the debate to check the veracity of the accusations, do the panelists use the information?With the cameras rolling and millions of people watching, Howley, Naylor, Ramirez and Manning throw away the predetermined ground rules of the debate. They unleash a barrage of questions aimed at Meredith, accusing him of a pattern of physical violence involving his wife, his daughter and others formerly in his employ. A stunned and outraged Meredith storms off stage, but not before hurling a microphone and threatening the panelists.In a landslide decision, Greene is elected President of the United States, his victory the direct result of his opponent unraveling on national television. Suddenly, the four panelists have become instant celebrities. Only Howley has chosen to shun the limelight, refusing to explain the actions of the panel other than that they felt their duties as patriotic citizens overrode their roles as journalists. Howley's reluctance to talk does not sit well with Tom Chapman, a contributing editor for "The 5th" magazine. He thinks the public deserves to know more than they've been told. Chapman's got a lot of questions he wants answers to as he attempts to get the real story behind the debate.

Crew

Fred Barnes

Other

Paul Begala

Other

Paula Bolela

Property Master

David Brooks

Other

Jennifer Buck

Assistant Costume Designer

Eleanor Clift

Other

Robin D. Cook

Casting

Cammie Crier

Coproducer

E J Dionne Jr.

Other

Robert Ditchburn

Assistant Director

David Dreier

Other

Alex Dukay

Photography

C J Fidler

Stunts

Eric Fraser

Production Designer

Lisa Freiberger

Casting

Michael Gibson

Photography

Paul A Gigot

Other

David K Grant

Sound Recordist

Ben Mark Holzberg

Photography

Fritzi Horstman

Associate Producer

Albert R Hunt

Other

Etheline Joseph

Hair

Norayr Kasper

Director Of Photography

Norayr Kasper

Other

Jim Lehrer

Consultant

Jim Lehrer

Source Material (From Novel)

Frank Luntz

Other

Jon Maas

Producer

Jon Maas

Screenplay

Laurie Mclarty

Line Producer

Kiki Mclean

Other

Diane Minter Lewis

Executive Producer

Susan Molinari

Other

Frank Morriss

Editor

Gary Mueller

Video

Robert Novak

Other

Richard Parker

Stunt Coordinator

James Pinkerton

Other

Marlene Puritt

Set Decorator

Charles B Rangel

Other

Alexander Reda

Costume Designer

Charlene Roberson

Makeup

Arthur B. Rubinstein

Music

Ridley Scott

Executive Producer

Tony Scott

Executive Producer

Mark Shields

Other

Michael Spicer

Camera Operator

Brent Spiteri

Assistant Camera Operator

Brent Spiteri

Other

Jake Tapper

Other

Joanne Tickle

Assistant Director

Anton Tyukodi

Stunts

Catherine Viot

Makeup

Jane Walker

Grip

Jane Walker

Script Supervisor

James Warren

Other

Evan Webber

Art Director

Debra Weinfeld

Editor

Trevor Wiens

Camera Trainee

David J Woods

Video Playback

Film Details

Also Known As
Last Debate
Release Date
2002
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Aired in United States November 5, 2000

Aired in United States July 23, 2002

Completed shooting July 28, 2000.

Began shooting June 26, 2000.