Miss Sloane

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Miss Sloane
Miss Sloane.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Madden
Produced by
Written by Jonathan Perera
Starring
Music by Max Richter
Cinematography Sebastian Blenkov
Edited by Alexander Berner
Production
companies
Distributed by EuropaCorp
Release date
  • November 11, 2016 (2016-11-11) (AFI Fest)
  • November 25, 2016 (2016-11-25) (United States)
  • March 8, 2017 (2017-03-08) (France)
Running time
132 minutes[1]
Country
  • France
  • United States
Language English
Budget $13 million[2]
Box office $9.1 million[3]

Miss Sloane is a 2016 political thriller film, directed by John Madden and written by Jonathan Perera. The film stars Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alison Pill, Jake Lacy, John Lithgow, and Sam Waterston.

The film had its world premiere on November 11, 2016, at the AFI Fest, and began a limited theatrical release in the United States on November 25, 2016, by EuropaCorp, before expanding wide on December 9, 2016. It was released in France on March 8, 2017. It received generally positive reviews, and Chastain's performance was acclaimed by critics.

Plot[edit]

Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is a cutthroat lobbyist who has been called to appear at a congressional hearing led by Senator Ronald Sperling (John Lithgow) to answer questions about possible violations of Senate ethics rules during her tenure at Washington D.C. lobbying firm Cole Kravitz & Waterman.

Three months and one week earlier, Sloane's firm is approached by gun manufacturing representative Bill Sanford (Chuck Shamata) to lead the opposition to the proposed Heaton-Harris bill that would expand background checks on gun purchases, specifically by targeting female voters. Sloane ridicules Sanford's idea and is later approached by Rodolfo Schmidt (Mark Strong), the head of rival lobbying firm Peterson Wyatt, to instead lead the effort in support of the bill. Sloane agrees and takes most of her staff along with her, though her assistant Jane Molloy (Alison Pill) refuses to leave.

At Peterson Wyatt, Sloane selects Esme Manucharian (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) to conduct the majority of the firm's media appearances, and they begin to make significant progress in garnering votes for the bill. Sloane confronts Esme with knowledge of her background as having witnessed a school shooting, and promises not to disclose the information, but Sloane breaks her promise and reveals Esme's secret during a live television debate. Later, Esme is held up at gunpoint while leaving her office, but her attacker is shot dead by another civilian who is legally carrying a gun. The gun lobby capitalizes on this event, which causes the Heaton-Harris bill to lose support in the Senate. This is compounded by the news of the senate inquiry into Sloane's potentially illegal lobbying practices.

The narrative returns to the congressional hearing. Senator Sperling produces a form requesting approval of overseas travel for a senator. It was filed by a non-profit organization but completed in Sloane's handwriting, indicating she illegally played a role in arranging the travel. Sloane also swears under oath that she has never practiced illegal wiretapping.

In her final statement at the hearing, Sloane admits she anticipated the opposition might attack her personally if Peterson Wyatt made too much progress with the Heaton-Harris bill. She reveals that she had someone (Jane Molloy) secretly working for her the entire time, and that she had indeed used wiretapping, to record Senator Sperling accepting bribes from Cole Kravitz & Waterman boss George Dupont (Sam Waterston).

Ten months later, Sloane is visited by her lawyer in prison, and it is revealed the Heaton-Harris bill passed but at the cost of her career.

The film ends with Sloane being released from prison.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In September 2015, it was announced that Jessica Chastain had been set to star in the film, with John Madden directing, from a screenplay by Jonathan Perera. Ben Browning produced, under his FilmNation Entertainment banner, and Patrick Chu executive produced, while EuropaCorp produced and financed the film, and handles worldwide distribution.[4] In January 2016, it was announced that Alison Pill,[5] Jake Lacy, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw had joined the cast.[6][7] In February 2016, Douglas Smith, Mark Strong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sam Waterston, John Lithgow, and Enis Esmer also joined,[8][9][10] and in March 2016, Meghann Fahy joined the cast of the film as well.[11] Max Richter composed the film's score.[12]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began on February 12, 2016, in Toronto.[13][14] In March 2016, Jessica Chastain was spotted on set filming.[15] Production in Toronto wrapped on March 30, 2016.[16] In April 2016, additional shooting took place in Washington, D.C.[17][18] Principal photography concluded on April 6, 2016.[19]

Release[edit]

In August 2016, two images of Chastain were released.[20][21] The film had its world premiere at the AFI Fest on November 11, 2016,[22] and also screened at the Napa Valley Film Festival on November 13, 2016.[23] The film was originally scheduled to be released on December 9, 2016,[24] and was later moved up to November 25.[25]

Box office[edit]

The film began its wide release alongside the openings Office Christmas Party and The Bounce Back, and the wide expansion of Nocturnal Animals. The film was projected to gross $2–4 million in its wide opening weekend, but ended up making only $1.8 million, finishing 11th at the box office.[26] Overall, the film grossed $3.3 million in the United States and Canada, and $5.6 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $9.9 million, against its production budget of $13 million.[2] Miss Sloane is ranked number 75 by per-theater average on Box Office Mojo’s list of Worst Opening Weekend films released since 1982.[27]

Critical response[edit]

Miss Sloane received generally positive reviews from critics. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 75%, based on 168 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Miss Sloane sits squarely on the shoulders of Jessica Chastain's performance – and she responds with awards-worthy work that single-handedly elevates the film."[28] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 63 out of 100, based on 37 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[29] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.[30]

Accolades[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
Alliance of Women Film Journalists December 21, 2016 Bravest Performance Jessica Chastain Nominated [31][32]
Golden Globe Awards January 8, 2017 Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Jessica Chastain Nominated [33]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association December 5, 2016 Best Portrayal of Washington D.C. Miss Sloane Nominated [34]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ Penderson, Erik (February 26, 2016). "Bill Milner & Maisie Williams Boot Up 'iBoy'; Ennis Esmer Joins 'Miss Sloane'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
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  12. ^ "'Max Richter to Score John Madden's 'Miss Sloane'". Film Music Reporter. August 25, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
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  16. ^ Chastain, Jessica (March 30, 2016). "Thats a wrap #Toronto ! Off to do a bit of press for @thehuntsman , then Ill meet the gang in DC for some additional shooting. This is a very special film. Its a great pleasure to be working again with #JohnMadden He's a wonderful man and a great teacher. #MsSloane #TheDebt pic by #SebastianBlenkov". Instagram. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
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  34. ^ "The 2016 WAFCA Awards Nominations". December 3, 2016. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 

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