Last Debate

Theatrical Release: November 5, 2000
Last Debate


In this biting political drama, four journalists blindside the Republican candidate for the presidency on live television during the only debate between the two candidates. Suddenly, as all of America watches, the four members of the press are accusing the conservative of being a hotheaded tyrant who threatens assistants and abuses his wife and child.
After the telecast, viewers are sympathetic. But when some of the charges are verified, the country immediately turns on him. With one quick blow the media has destroyed this man. But were they ethical by pouncing upon the candidate without first verifying these charges? One lone reporter doesn’t think so. While the four journalists become media darlings, the reporter sets out to discover the truth.

Dove Review

A very insightful look at the power of the media and the dastardly act of reporting unsubstantiated facts. In this case, it’s okay, however, because their chosen victim is a religious right-winger. And we know they are all hypocrites. Well, isn’t that what “The Contender” just got through telling us? And a few years back, Rob Reiner’s “American President”? As a matter of interest, when was the last time you saw a conservative portrayed in a good light on the silver screen? And speaking of hypocrisy, when a religious conservative is found guilty of a private offense, he must be hounded from office even if he is doing a capable job. If, on the other hand, a liberal is destructive in his private life, it’s none of our business. As I recently stated in my review of “The Contender,” there’s just no balance in the entertainment mediums when it comes to political, social and religious stances. Shouldn’t we be concerned when any one political party (or group of filmmakers) can misrepresent another party?

Content Description

Faith: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Showtime Networks, Inc.
Writer: Jon Maas
Director: John Badham
Producer: Jon Maas
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 90 min.
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright