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When a planeload of Pakistani orphans are shipped to his state for permanent relocation, the governor of Idaho (Beau Bridges, who won an Emmy) defies the president (Phil Hartman) and closes the state's border. News Net Television, a cable news program that makes hay by reporting on political scandals, quickly spins the racist act into an overnight media sensation, creating a divide in national opinion over the issue.

  1. Martyn Burke


  2. Joe Dante


Top Billed Cast

  1. Beau Bridges

    Beau Bridges

    Gov. Jim Farley

  2. Joanna Cassidy

    Joanna Cassidy

    Helena Newman

  3. Phil Hartman

    Phil Hartman

    The President

  4. James Earl Jones

    James Earl Jones

    Jim Kalla

  5. James Coburn

    James Coburn

    Jack Buchan

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The Second Civil War
The Second Civil War


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  • March 15, 1997


    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 37m

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