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The Congressman (2016)

The Congressman (2016)

Treat WilliamsElizabeth MarvelRyan MerrimanChris Conroy
Jared Martin,Robert J. Mrazek


The Congressman (2016) is a English movie. Jared Martin,Robert J. Mrazek has directed this movie. Treat Williams,Elizabeth Marvel,Ryan Merriman,Chris Conroy are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2016. The Congressman (2016) is considered one of the best Drama movie in India and around the world.

Maine Congressman Charlie Winship has had a bad day. After being caught on video failing to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance, he knocks out another House member, confronts his angry ex-wife, and faces denunciation by the media for attacking one of the most cherished patriotic symbols in America. As his life spirals out of control, Charlie embarks on a journey to a remote island in the Atlantic whose eccentric inhabitants are in the middle of a shooting war over their fishing grounds. Treat Williams stars as The Congressman in this humorous and moving film that raises the important question of what it means to be an American.


The Congressman (2016) Reviews

  • What can happen in life if we value our own integrity, say what we mean, mean what we say.


    35 years ago Robert Mrazek was quoted as saying that a successful screen play should contain a lot of sex and violence or else be "damned good." The latter is the case with "The Congressman," his long-awaited cinematic debut. The violence in "The Congressman" is subtle, the sexuality implied. Mrazek doesn't preach at us as Sorkin might have. He transforms character flaws into cautionary tales, he tells us what can happen in life if we value our own integrity, say what we mean, mean what we say. Take out a few f-bombs and "The Congressman" might serve as a means to teach our children and grandchildren what government service should be all about.

  • A modernized, fun-loving, Mr. Smith-Goes-to-Washington-like movie


    The casting and acting were stellar, the dialogue was entertaining and thought-provoking, humor was sprinkled throughout, the pace was quick, character development was excellent, the scenery of Monhegan Island, Maine was gorgeous, capturing many aspects of the island's beauty (forest, coast, village,...),... The highlights for me were the points made about the pledge of allegiance, the importance of nurturing a marriage, and how good this congressman was at listening to his constituents. This movie captured much in a short amount of time. The timing of "The Congressman" is perfect for this tumultuous time in American history. Written by a retired congressman, who made significant contributions including protecting the Alaskan forest, it captures the essence of what we think a good-hearted congressman would do if he/she was not influenced by forces not in the interest of democracy, the environment, or the people. I haven't seen Mr. Smith Goes to Washington in forty years, but I think that movie had a similar spirit, if I remember correctly.

  • Crabs in me Lobster Pot


    I won't go into where and when I watched this film, and in what town and theatre I parked my derrière but I did check this film out beforehand at IMDb. The obvious shill reviews at the time was an incredible 5 out of 6 which is usually a red flag and a valid reason to exit the turkey pen. However against all basic instincts I grabbed a copy and watched it. First of all the good signs, I never skipped through it, and I watched it all until the credits rolled. May not be a good indication to you but it is to me. The storyline is well lets just say it's not taxing, I can safely say you don't need a special talent to come up with that one. The acting was good Treat Williams especially, but to be honest George Hamilton was the only person I thought was out of place. What possessed the director when he signed him up heaven knows, the only reason I could think of maybe it was to attract the granny fan base. On my scale it's a 6/10 not a penny more and not a penny less, a nice easy going film which questions ambition over personal relationships.

  • I am now a big fan of Treat Williams.


    I am now a big fan of Treat Williams! The Congressman is worth watching just for his outstanding performance, especially the powerful speech he delivers towards the end of the movie. I cried along with several others in the audience. There are plenty of laughs especially every George Hamilton scene. Great cinematography of a spectacularly beautiful island and very good original score. I want to see more message movies like this one. In an age and culture of snark and superficiality, this movie comes through with a seemingly old fashioned message not only of values but of those American values and standards that are worth fighting for. As others have said, this is a modern Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

  • Lack of pretense, quiet intimacy, and excellence of presentation.


    A simple story of man named Charlie Winship experiencing a change of life on a Maine coastal island. That he's a U.S. Representative who has upset the entire nation by publicly questioning his oath of allegiance on the floor of Congress during an election year adds to the dynamics – but first and foremost this is a sensitively written, directed and edited film with beautifully acted scenes set on a wildly picturesque Maine coastal island. There is a flavor of Flaherty's Men of Aran about this island that allows Joe Arcidiacano's expressive cinematography to frame the story as a true to life documentary. Production values are solid for an independent, the ambiance of a small island village well captured and interesting characters abound, some played by island natives. The professional actors fit like a glove, nuanced and accent perfect, they move with the same stolid self-awareness of island people – who may be cut off from the rest of America but are definitely united with something older and deeper that comes from the sea. Ryan Merriman is a quiet riot, Elizabeth Marvel is dead center in her characterization of an intelligent island woman approaching lusty spinsterhood, Chris Conroy covers the difficult distance between a young lobsterman and aspiring artist with great sensitivity, Marshall Bell is a crusted village patriarch with too many problems to solve and Kim Blacklock is everything a boat captain should be, and more. In her film debut Miriam Hyman sparkles as Charlie's congressional aide, while Josh Mostel is exactly the kind of political functionary you don't want to find hiding in your bushes at night. The filmmakers made a wise decision to keep George Hamilton bottled up on the mainland or he would have hijacked the entire film. Treat Williams deserves a deep bow for his performance as Charlie Winship. In a long career as a leading man he's clearly guilty of having saved the best for last. Still vital and expressive, Williams' world-weary humor and unerring character touches irresistibly score points and enlist sympathy as he presents the full picture of an attractive man in quiet turmoil. In the most bizarre of all political years it may be odd to find a perfect Presidential candidate residing in a movie; but there you have it. I'm writing my vote in for Charlie Winship. If you want to know why this film rings true look no further than the script by ex-Representative Robert Mrazek that pulls more than little from his experiences as a five term Congressman from Long Island in 1980's and early '90's. Practical as only an ex-politician on a limited budget can be he builds his story from the ground up with an accumulation of telling set pieces – a half deserted lounge of a small airport on the hustings waiting for an overdue plane, a final visit to a dead marriage in a beautifully played scene between Williams and Jayne Atkinson (from House of Cards), a series of hilarious episodes in a mobile congressional office that has seen better days and saner people where Charlie meets constituents flourishing sex toys and exploded mailboxes and a unforgettably plaintive man with an Emmitt Kelly face lamenting his lost son to a useless war. Watching Williams' variations on a thousand mile stare throughout these conversations is a lesson in creative understatement. The fuse that ignites when he steps outside his Toonerville Trolley and gets tricked into demonstrating the Nazi salute to illustrate a point he's making about the pledge of allegiance – starts a smoldering trail through the Island's carpeted forests and tiny fairy houses, lobster thronged seas, mist drenched highlands and the most picturesque candlelit village bristling with diverse personalities until the dawn arrives with a thunderous surprise that forces him to return to the mainland and fight for his legacy with some powerful words from the Mrazek playbook. In the films climactic moment; a town meeting homage to Capra, Charlie gives the best political speech I've heard in this year of skinny sound bites and empty rhetoric. While his constituents digest the moment he quietly packs up his life and walks into the special sunset reserved for a man who has discovered, almost too late in life, what it was he ever really wanted to do... I hugely enjoyed the film for its difference and honesty. Some may call it predictable but I prefer unpretentious - predictable being a word I reserve for Hollywood. I look forward to seeing it again.


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