Miss Sloane

Miss Sloane
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Madden
Produced by
Written byJonathan Perera
Starring
Music byMax Richter
CinematographySebastian Blenkov
Edited byAlexander Berner
Production
companies
Distributed byEuropaCorp
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
127 minutes[1]
Country
  • France
  • United States
LanguageEnglish
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, with Chastain's performance being particularly praised. Despite that, it was a box office failure grossing only $9.1 million against its $13 million budget.

Plot

Elizabeth Sloane is a cutthroat lobbyist who has been called to appear at a congressional hearing led by Senator Ronald Sperling 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 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, 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 refuses to leave.

At Peterson Wyatt, Sloane selects Esme Manucharian 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 survived a school shooting. Even though Esme does not want to disclose the information, Sloane 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. Gun rights supporters capitalize 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 lobbying practices.

Returning 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 violated Senate ethics rules with her involvement, as a lobbyist, in arranging the travel. In answer to other questions, Sloane 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 (Molloy, her former assistant) secretly working for her, and that she did use a wiretap – which recorded Sen. Sperling accepting bribes from Cole Kravitz & Waterman boss George Dupont.

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

The film ends with Sloane being released from prison.

Other Languages
čeština: Případ Sloane
français: Miss Sloane
한국어: 미스 슬로운
Bahasa Indonesia: Miss Sloane
עברית: מיס סלואן
magyar: Miss Sloane
Nederlands: Miss Sloane
português: Miss Sloane
粵語: 槍狂帝國
中文: 攻敵必救