Man of the Year

Synopsis: Tom Dobbs, comedic host of a political talk show - a la Bill Maher and Jon Stewart - runs for President of the US as an independent candidate who, after an issues-oriented campaign and an explosive performance in the final debate, gets just enough votes to win. Trouble is he owes his victory to a computer glitch in the national touch-screen voting system marketed by Delacroy, a private company with a rising stock price. To protect their fortune, Delacroy executives want to keep the glitch a secret, but one programmer, Eleanor Green, wants Dobbs to know the truth. Can she get to him?
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Barry Levinson
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

Stand by, lights, for cue one.

Welcome to "The Tom Dobbs Show. "

Please have your tickets ready for the ushers.

Please turn off all cellphones and pagers.

Take your seats, please.

Tom Dobbs will speak to you before the show.

This story might fall under the heading of

"one thing leads to another. "

It started on August 20th.

At 7 p. m. Tom Dobbs, who had a successful

cable show featuring political comedy,

was talking to the audience during the warm-up

routine prior to the taping of his show.

Thanks for coming. This isn't the actual show.

The cameras are pointing at nothing

and some critics have said that too.

But I'm just here to talk to you,

warm up the audience, a little bit of foreplay.


I'll back up now for harassment reasons.

The government said recently... Well, a lot of people

said that we're cutting back spending.

But NASA actually spent $28 million

to develop a fountain pen

to write upside down in space in zero gravity.

The Russians solved the same problem

with five-cent pencil.

Very easy, writes upside down, zero gravity.

After two cases of vodka, still writing.

If you have the GPS, be very careful. I bought

a Mercedes recently with the talking GPS.

"Up ahead, take a right. " I opened the door

and the car went, "Are you Jewish?"

But soon all of your appliances will talk to each other.

You'll get on the scale and the scale will go,

"Psst! I've talked to the microwave. "

I notice many of you with little cellphones.

Soon they'll get so small they'll just be inside...

Hold on, I got a call. Hello.

No, I'll make it louder. Hold on.

Wait a minute, I'm taking a picture.

Oh, wait. I got mail.

It was during a Q and A

that a woman made a statement.

- Yes, ma'am.

- Hi.

I feel so frustrated with the political system

and my friends say the same thing all the time.

Maybe you should run for President.

The comment was quickly forgotten

and minutes later the show got under way.

Senator, I think the public is pretty frustrated

with the polarization of the parties

and lack of accountability.

It's crazy. A woman tonight

said I should run for President.

Maybe I should.

Within three hours there were four million emails

endorsing Dobbs for President.

Over the course of the next week,

Dobbs mentioned this four more times.

The internet was on fire.

Over eight million emails.

It was a grass-roots movement

fueled by the power of the internet

and the cult of personality.

Ladies and gentlemen,

thank you so much for your patience.

We have a great show for you tonight,

so without any further ado...

On September 2nd

something very, very unusual happens.

Tomorrow I will officially announce my candidacy

for President of the United States.

Did you write that? Where's the punch line?

Maybe it was sheer vanity,

maybe it was a political stunt,

or maybe it was because Tom believed

his audience demanded it. Who knows?

As Tom Dobbs' manager

I was as shocked as everyone around me

and I wasn't exactly pleased.

Does this mean I'm out of a job?

Shortly thereafter,

Tom Dobbs was on the ballot in 13 states.

That was part one

of the unusual progression of events.

On the West Coast the second domino toppled over.

Voter confusion...

Endless recounts...

Unreliable results...

Democracy held hostage.

In today's America, technology empowers the public

in nearly everything they do.

And now, voting with confidence.

Introducing the Delacroy voting system.

Congress decided that Delacroy Systems

would have the national franchise

for computerized voting

in the coming presidential election.

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Barry Levinson

Barry Levinson (born April 6, 1942) is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor. Levinson's best-known works are comedy-drama and drama films such as Diner (1982); The Natural (1984); Good Morning, Vietnam (1987); Bugsy (1991); and Wag the Dog (1997). He won the Academy Award for Best Director for Rain Man (1988) which also won the Academy Award for Best Picture. more…

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