This thought-provoking drama is a snappy political satire about a 1990 Pennsylvania race for the U.S. Senate.

Tim Robbins stars as a right-wing, folk-singing millionaire who has risen to popularity with such songs as "The Times Are Changin' Back" and "This Land Belongs To Me." A documentary filmmaker captures his sound-bite campaign against a liberal incumbent (Gore Vidal).

With its stinging critique of political chicanery, phony populism, dirty tricks, and media manipulation, this film reveals some of the reasons why politics in America has been drained of so much meaning and purpose.