Character: Katherine Harris
Directed by: Jay Roach
Written by: Danny Strong
Produced by: Michael Haussman, Danny Strong, Len Amato, Jay Roach, Sydney Pollack, Paula Weinstein
Other cast: Kevin Spacey, Denis Leary, Tom Wilkinson, John Hurt, Ed Begley, Jr., Bob Balaban
Release date: May 25, 2008
Genre: Drama, History
Running time: 1h 56min

In this dramatization of the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore concedes the presidency to George W. Bush, but recants when he learns of irregularities in the Florida vote count. Democratic strategists Ron Klain and Michael Whouley race to Florida to uncover the truth, as do Republicans under James Baker. Between faulty voting equipment and the vagaries of Florida's Secretary of State Katherine Harris, a 36-day stalemate ensues.


→ The future of the nation was hanging by a chad.
→ The Story of the 2000 Presidential Election.
→ Every vote counts…if the votes are counted.
→ The future of the nation was hanging by a …chad.
→ In 2000, the election of the U.S. President boiled down to a few precious votes in the state of Florida – and a recount that would add “hanging chad” to every American’s vocabulary.


Laura Dern wore dark contact lenses to portray Katherine Harris.

Most of the cast met with their real-life counterparts prior to filming. The real Katherine Harris refused to meet with Laura Dern or anybody else associated with the production, despite repeated pleas from Dern, writer Danny Strong and director Jay Roach.


The Florida Supreme Court stated that if we’re open on Sunday, the returns are due at 5 P.M. It’s Sunday. We’re open. And it’s almost 5 P.M. I have no choice but to follow the law

I have been reading my Bible quite a bit here lately, and I have been feeling this unusually strong kinship with Queen Esther. You recall Queen Esther, she was willing to sacrifice herself to save the lovely Jewish people. And that’s exactly what I’m doing right now. And if I perish, I perish.