George Clooney’s screen adaptation of Beau Willimon‘s play Farragut North, The Ides of March is an expertly handled political drama with a great lead performance from Ryan Gosling. Clooney also co-stars in the film alongside a roster of top-tier acting talent – Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright and Evan Rachel Wood.
The film is a richly characterised piece and it’s filled with realistically presented political machinations – and is it any wonder as Willimon has a background in politics having worked on various campaigns including Hilary Clinton’s run for the Senate in 2000. He would go on to create Netflix’s House of Cards and act as showrunner for its first four seasons.
The Ides Of March premiered as the opening film at the 68th Venice International Film Festival it opened wide in the United States on 7 October 2011. Ryan Gosling earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for his turn in the film and George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon were nominated for an Academy Award and a Bafta for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Budgeted at $12.5 million, The Ides Of March grossed $40.9 million at the U.S. box office and $76.3 million globally.