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με τους Κόμπι Σμάλντερς, Τζέισον Μπιγκς, Τζόελ Ντέιβιντ Μουρ, Κρίστοφερ Μακντόναλντ, Λόρεν Αμπρός, Τομ Άρνολντ
Αφού έχασε τη δουλειά του, ένας δημοσιογράφος απρόθυμα συμφωνεί να βοηθήσει τον εκκεντρικό φίλο του στις εκλογές όπου θα διεκδικήσει μια θέση στο Δημοτικό Συμβούλιο του Σιάτλ.
GRASSROOTS. True story. A short-tempered, unemployed music critic who likes to dress as a polar bear thinks he can harness the power of the people to ride the monorail to political victory in Seattle. And he’s right. Almost.
It’s before Twitter, before the flash mob, before Obama. It’s 2001, and political unknown Grant Cogswell decides he must take down Seattle City Councilman Richard McIver. Grant has only one dream, but it’s a big one: an elegant monorail gliding silently above the city’s wet streets, with only a tiny footprint – “like a kids’ lemonade stand!” – on the ground. He is apoplectic with rage over McIver’s mass transit proposal: a ground rail train he thinks will destroy lower class neighborhoods, wreak environmental harm on the local salmon population, and destroy the city.
Grant has no campaign contributors, a tendency toward outbursts of profanity, and a snowball’s chance in hell – until he lures recently fired alternative-weekly reporter Phil Campbell to run his campaign. Phil may be a political neophyte, but he has the tact that Grant lacks and a ‘what- the-hell-I-haven’t-got-anything-better-to-do’ attitude…until he recruits an army of wild-eyed young volunteers to back their unlikely crusade, and the impossible begins to happen.
GRASSROOTS is a character-driven comedy about the power of the people and the virtues of standing up for what you believe in. Against all odds.
It’s politics. But not as usual.
Director’s Vision Statement
GRASSROOTS: You could say it’s about Seattle in 2001, a unique city at a unique crossroads, caught between the sea and the mountains, grunge music and software, the past and the future. You could say it’s about social justice, or political gridlock, or a pair of strange bedfellows who almost manage to do the impossible. You could say it’s about the Monorail, that concrete ribbon that still divides the Seattle downtown sky. You could say all those things, and all those things would be true. But in the end it’s a love story.
It’s a love story about an impossible, socially inept music critic named Grant Cogswell. Just smart enough, just arrogant enough, just idealistic enough — and just unemployed enough — to think he can change the world. Grant loves Seattle. His passion is the monorail; he’s a loud, obnoxious, true believer in a Jetsonian Seattle future of beautiful silent public transportation and unclogged streets.
To make his vision a reality, he needs to get on the Seattle City Council. It’s a preposterous, unworkable idea, but somehow the power of Grant’s passion develops its own gravitational pull. When he draws in his friend Phil Campbell to run his campaign, what seemed like a crazy joke becomes very real.
Recently fired, Phil comes on board because he really doesn’t have anything better to do. But Grant’s infectious enthusiasm wakes up something new inside him. Phil’s shrewdness and his emerging political savvy, coupled with Grant’s burning mono-mania, soon attract a ragtag army of young volunteers. Together they wage an exhilarating, hilarious campaign that brings Grant – a candidate who’s not afraid to dress as a polar bear – to the very brink of victory.
Alone, none of them could have accomplished much. Together, they are a powerful force. Along the way, Grant and Phil both learn that one person really can make a difference, and that standing up for what you believe in is a victory in itself. It turns out, in the end, that you can fight City Hall. But you have to check your cynicism at the door to do it.
It’s crazy. It’s true. It could only happen in Seattle. And I can hardly wait to bring this story to the screen.
ΣΗΜΕΙΩΣΕΙΣ / ΗΜΕΡΟΜΗΝΙΕΣ ΚΥΚΛΟΦΟΡΙΑΣ
PHOTOS - POSTERS
ΣΤΟΙΧΕΙΑ ΤΑΙΝΙΑΣ / ΣΥΝΤΕΛΕΣΤΕΣ
Cobie Smulders ... Clair
Jason Biggs ... Phil Campbell
Joel David Moore ... Grant Cogswell
Christopher McDonald ... Jim Tripp
Lauren Ambrose ... Emily Bowen
Cedric the Entertainer ... Richard McIver
Tom Arnold ... Tommy
Emily Bergl ... Theresa Glendon
Todd Stashwick ... Nick Ricochet
Basil Harris ... News Producer
D.C. Pierson ... Wayne
Michael Nardelli ... Willis
Russell Hodgkinson ... Pernell Alden
Noah Harpster ... Marvin
Frank Buxton ... Old Man
Rodney Sherwood ... Tate Austin
Todd Licea ... Reporter #2
Lance Rosen ... ACLU Lawyer
Tom Ricciardelli ... Campaign Supporter
John Misner ... Reporter #5
Dave Beresford ... Snow Wolf
Garr Godfrey ... Second Questioner
Rachel Pate ... Suit
Anthony L. Fuller Jr. ... Agent Sikora
Steve Pool ... NY News Reporter #3
Joe Mandragona ... Kevin
Nik Doner ... Doug
Brent Stiefel ... Volunteer
Amy Frear ... Lisa
Erin Mayovsky ... Reporter #3
Carolyn Crabtree ... Older Woman
Brennan Murphy ... Questioning Democrat #3
Ian Bell ... Birkenstocks
Talena Bennett ... Reporter #4
John Ulman ... Agent Goecker
M.J. Sieber ... Reporter #1
Imogen Love ... Questioning Democrat 1
Branden Romans ... Genzlinger
Sean Nelson ... Musician
Barbara Deering ... Moderator
Sarah Harlett ... Receptionist
Connie Thompson ... Connie Thompson
Claire Vardiel ... Augusta D'Amico
Lauren Guity ... Mary Jane
Phil Campbell (βιβλίο)
Matt R. Brady
Black Valley Films
Samuel Goldwyn Films
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