Election Election


Alexander Payne

Election (Criterion Blu-Ray)

12 Dec 2017


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United States
  • 1999
  • 103 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.40:1
  • English
  • Spine #904

Perky, overachieving Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) gets on the nerves of history teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) to begin with, but after she launches her campaign for high-school president and his personal life starts to fall apart, things spiral out of control. In Alexander Payne’s satire Election, the teacher becomes unhealthily obsessed with cutting his student down to size, covertly backing a spoiler candidate to stop her from steamrolling to victory, and putting in motion a series of dirty tricks and reckless promises with uncanny real-world political parallels. Adapting a then-unpublished novel by Tom Perrotta, Payne grounds the absurdity of his central dynamic in the recognizable—the setting is his hometown of Omaha, and the accomplished cast is rounded out with nonprofessionals—and distills his closely observed take on deeply flawed humanity to its bitter but stealthily sympathetic essence.


Jim McAllisterMatthew Broderick
Tracy FlickReese Witherspoon
Paul MetzlerChris Klein
Tammy MetzlerJessica Campbell
Dave NovotnyMark Harelik
Walt HendricksPhil Reeves
Diane McAllisterMolly Hagan
Linda NovotnyDelaney Driscoll
Judith R. FlickColleen Camp
Lisa FlanaganFrankie Ingrassia
Vice Principal Ron BellMatt Malloy
Jo MetzlerJeanine Jackson
Dick MetzlerHolmes Osborne


DirectorAlexander Payne
Produced byAlbert Berger, Jim Burke, David Gale, Jacobus Rose, Keith Samples and Ron Yerxa
Executive producerVan Toffler
Screenplay byAlexander Payne and Jim Taylor
Based on the novel byTom Perrotta
Director of photographyJames Glennon
EditorKevin Tent
Costume designerWendy Chuck
Production designerJane Ann Stewart
Music byRolfe Kent

Disc Features


  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised and approved by cowriter-director Alexander Payne, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2008 featuring Payne
  • New interview with Payne
  • New interview with actor Reese Witherspoon
  • The Passion of Martin, Payne’s 1991 UCLA senior thesis film
  • TruInside: “Election,” a 2016 documentary featuring on-set footage and interviews with cast and crew
  • Omaha local-news reports on the film’s production
  • More!
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Dana Stevens

Other Editions

Election (Criterion DVD)

12 Dec 2017


2 Discs

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96


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