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103 min
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Alexander Payne
Nominated for Oscar. Another 23 wins & 23 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1999-05-07
Filming Locations: 16th St NW & H St NW, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Budget: $8,000,000
Opening Weekend: $3,162,540 (USA) (9 May 1999)
Gross: $14,879,556 (USA) (8 August 1999)
Matthew Broderick
Jim McAllister
Reese Witherspoon
Tracy Flick
Chris Klein
Paul Metzler
Jessica Campbell
Tammy Metzler
Mark Harelik
Dave Novotny
Phil Reeves
Walt Hendricks
Molly Hagan
Diane McAllister
Delaney Driscoll
Linda Novotny
Colleen Camp
Judith R. Flick
Frankie Ingrassia
Lisa Flanagan
Matt Malloy
Vice-Principal Ron Bell
Jeanine Jackson
Jo Metzler
Holmes Osborne
Dick Metzler
Loren Nelson
Emily Martin
Girl in Crisis
Jonathan Marion
Derek - Classroom Student
Amy Falcone
Michelle - Classroom Student
Matt Justesen
'Eat Me' Boy
Nick Kenny
'Eat Me' Boy's Buddy
B.J. Tobin
Adult Video Actor (as Brian Tobin)
Christa Young
Adult Video Actress
David Wenzel
Tracy's Friend Eric
Joel Parks
Jerry Slavin
Larry Kaiser
Chemistry Teacher
Marilyn Tipp
Carver Office Lady
Jeannie Brayman
Faculty Ballot-Giver
Nicholas D'Agosto
Larry Fouch (as Nick D'Agosto)
James Devney
Motel Clerk
L. Carmen Novoa
Spanish Teacher
Jason Paige
Kid in Georgetown Hall
Matt Golden
Kid in Georgetown Hall
Heather Koenig
Kid in Georgetown Hall
Jillian Crane
Kaitlin Ferrell
Jennifer (uncredited)
Rob Kunkel
Bob the Mechanic (uncredited)
John Ponzio
Georgetown Student (uncredited)
Rohan Quine
Village Guy (uncredited)
Joseph William Simmons
Boy Tapping Pencil in Classroom (uncredited)
Sarah Talcott
Student (uncredited)
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The film was produced in the fall and a freak snowstorm interrupted filming.
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G.W. Carver High School is actually Papillion-LaVista High School, located in Papillion, Nebraska, a suburb of Omaha. Director Alexander Payne wanted to use Omaha North High School (an older, more "traditional"-looking three-story school), but the Omaha Public School's superintendent refused after reading the script and deeming it inappropriate.
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If you look closely at some of the 'PICK FLICK' cupcakes Tracy places on the table before offering one to Mr. McAllister, you'll notice some of them spell out a very obscene word because the bottom of the 'L' in the word 'FLICK' is elongated.
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Tracy, in her voiceover after the election, refers to being in the "top seventh percentile"; percentiles do not work that way.
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Gavrilo Princip's surname is misspelled "Princep" on the blackboard following the eighth period pop quiz.
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The flashback to Paul skiing shows him in a blue and yellow snow suit, but when he's "falling" it changes to red and black, then back to blue and yellow.
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Tracy Flick: [narrating] None of this would have happened if Mr. McAllister hadn't meddled the way he did. He should have just accepted things as they are instead of trying to interfere with destiny. You see, you can't interfere with destiny, that's why it's destiny. And if you try to interfere, the same thing's just going to happen anyway, and you'll just suffer.
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Tracy Flick: Dear Lord Jesus, I do not often speak with you and ask for things, but now I really must insist that you help me win the election tomorrow because I deserve it and Paul Metzler doesn't, as you well know. I realize that it was your divine hand that disqualified Tammy Metzler and now I'm asking that you go that one last mile and make sure to put me in office where I belong so that I may carry out your will on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
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Tracy Flick: I can't wait to start campaigning.
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