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Our Brand is Crisis movie quotes fictionalize the 2002 Bolivian presidential election in a comedy-drama feature film. Based on a 2005 documentary with the same name, the story was adapted into a screenplay by Peter Straughan. David Gordon Green directed Our Brand is Crisis, which opened in theaters in the United States on October 30, 2015.

In Our Brand is Crisis, retired political mastermind "Calamity" Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock) is asked by Nell (Ann Dowd) and Ben (Anthony Mackie) to come to work for a political consulting firm representing Bolivian presidential candidate Castillo (Joaquim de Almeida). While she agrees, this all is an uphill battle as Castillo is trailing by several dozen points.

So while Jane tries to change Castillo's image to one that the common voter can relate to, she is also working to take down her arch rival, Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton), who just happens to be working for Castillo's opponent. But to win this election, Jane must find a way to relate to those common folk of Bolivia herself and fight for their futures, rather than fighting a war against her rival Candy.

Our Brand is Crisis was just one of several October 2015 films showing at the same time including Burnt, The Last Witch Hunter, Suffragette, and Bridge of Spies.
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Another Shot at the Title


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Nell: You're a fighter, Jane, and I'm giving you another shot at the title.
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Ben: It's a presidential campaign in South America. A fragile democracy, an economy in real trouble, our candidate is considered arrogant and out of touch with people's lives.
Jane: How far are you behind?
Ben: 28 points

Nell and Ben try to sell Jane on taking on the campaign of a South American presidential candidate. They need a miracle and Jane yearns for another shot to take down her rival. All on all, this is a perfect match.
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If You Fight with Monsters for Too Long


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Pat: You like to pretend you're not one of us. If you fight with monsters for too long, you become a monster.

Pat points out that Jane often pretends that she is one of the good guys and has not turned into a political monster like others in her position. Whether this has really happened, or is something Pat is just saying to intimidate her, is still up for debate.
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We're Talking About People's Lives


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Jane: If I lose to Candy now, I swear to god
Ben: This actually kind of matters, Jane. This country could go under. We're talking about people's lives.

While she definitely wants to win the election, Jane is often focused on beating her rival Pat Candy not Castillo's opponent. As Ben reminds her of, this is about more than a few people, this is about the future of a country and everyone in it.
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We're Going to Have to Take Risks


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Jane: If you want to win, we're going to have to take risks. You're my tracker. Every event that Riviera attends, every speech, you tape it. If security beats you up, you are doing your job right. Get that beating on tape. Wake up! This is war! There's only one wrong in this, only one and that is losing. [whispering to LeBlanc] Maybe check and see if anyone understood that.
LeBlanc: [in Spanish] Raise your hand if you speak English.
Jane: Gracias!

Giving her volunteer staff a pep talk, Jane explains how they need to be risk-takers if they are going to win. Equally as risky is explaining this all in English to a room of folks who don't speak the language.