Two-time Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, The Usual Suspects) leads an all-star cast in RECOUNT, an energetic, gripping and provocative account of one of the most controversial events in U.S. political history - The 2000 Presidential Election. The turn of events which saw Florida in the news worldwide is explored throughout the 36-day dispute that would determine who would become the 43rd President of the United States.
The film has just received five Golden Globe® nominations; best mini-series or motion picture made for television, best performance by an actor for both Kevin Spacey and Tom Wilkinson, best actress (Laura Dern) and actor (Denis Leary) in a supporting role.
RECOUNT is being released by HBO Home Entertainment on 19 January 2009 the day before Barrack Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America. The film focuses on the 2000 election campaigns of Al Gore and George W. Bush battle the recount of "butterfly ballots" in Florida to settle the presidency of the United States. Mixing news footage and verbatim dialogue into fictionalised re-creations, the film pulls back the veil on the headlines and explores the behind-the-scenes human drama involved in the emotional roller coaster ride that would determine the leadership of the USA.
RECOUNT stars Kevin Spacey, two-time Oscar® nominee Tom Wilkinson (In the Bedroom, Michael Clayton), Emmy® nominee Denis Leary (Rescue Me), Oscar® nominee Laura Dern (Rambling Rose), Bob Balaban (Gosford Park), two-time Oscar® nominee John Hurt (Midnight Express), Bruce McGill (HBO's Live from Baghdad) and Emmy® nominee Ed Begley Jr. (St. Elsewhere). The film was directed by Jay Roach (Meet the Fockers, Austen Powers franchise) from a script by first-time writer Danny Strong and executive produced by Oscar®-winning director Sydney Pollack (Out of Africa), Kevin Spacey and Emmy® winner Paula Weinstein (HBO's Truman).
- The True Inside Story of the 2000 Presidential Election" - Correspondent Jeffrey Toobin, author of the book "Too Close to Call," and Recount writer Danny Strong discuss how they went about doing research and gathered facts that are presented in the film. Additionally, director Jay Roach and other cast members comment on why they thought this was an important story to tell
- 'A Conversation Between Kevin Spacey and the Real Ron Klain' and 'A Conversation Between Bob Balaban and the Real Ben Ginsberg' - intimate interviews with Kevin Spacey and Bob Balaban talking to their real-life counterparts from the film
- Audio Commentary with Recount director Jay Roach and writer Danny Strong