7.1/10
119,360
236 user 251 critic

State of Play (2009)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 17 April 2009 (USA)
Trailer
2:28 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
When a congressional aide is killed, a Washington D.C. journalist starts investigating the case involving the congressman, his old college friend.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
2,822 ( 721)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Anne Collins (as Robin Wright Penn)
...
...
...
Robert Bingham
...
...
Pete
...
...
Gene Stavitz
...
Dr. Judith Franklin
...
PointCorp Insider
Sarah Lord ...
Mandi
Edit

Storyline

A petty thief is gunned down in an alley and a Congressman's assistant falls in front of a subway - two seemingly unrelated deaths. But not to wisecracking, brash newspaper reporter Cal McAffrey who spies a conspiracy waiting to be uncovered. With a turbulent past connected to the Congressman and the aid of ambitious young rookie writer Della Frye, Cal begins uprooting clues that lead him to a corporate cover-up full of insiders, informants, and assassins. But as he draws closer to the truth, the relentless journalist must decide if it's worth risking his life and selling his soul to get the ultimate story. Written by The Massie Twins

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Find The Truth See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence, language including sexual references, and brief drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

|

Release Date:

17 April 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los secretos del poder  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$14,071,280 (USA) (19 April 2009)

Gross:

$37,017,955 (USA) (18 June 2009)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Cal refers to his friend, Representative Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck), as Sliberty, another reference to Pittsburgh. East Liberty, a section of Pittsburgh, is shortened by natives to Sliberty. It's one of those things by which you know someone is from Pittsburgh. See more »

Goofs

A key piece of evidence is obtained by watching surveillance video from the Metro station. While there are cameras in the Metro system, they are on a closed circuit used only by station managers to observe the station. They are not recorded. See more »

Quotes

Cal McAffrey: Mornin'...
Cameron Lynne: So? Where are we, was he nobbing her or not?
Cal McAffrey: Morning, Cam...
Cameron Lynne: That's funny about you. Every time your friend runs for re-election or conducts a hearing, you drop his name to me until we give him some coverage... but he finally does something that actually might sell some newspapers, you render mute. It's, it's - incongruous!
Cal McAffrey: No, it's not... it's inconsistent.
Cameron Lynne: Pfff, don't be an ass. What do you think? Those are the ideas for our facelift. I know, I know... it's crap! Our new owners ...
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

The printing process of a newspaper is shown as the ending credits start to show up. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.97 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Shalom
Written by Gergely Nemeth, Zsolt Prieger
Performed by Anima Sound System
Courtesy of EMI Music Publishing Hungary on behalf of Anima Sound System
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
State Of Play scores high points
17 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You have to see this movie. I am not playing any games here. If you want to see a classic style movie that is cunning, interesting and lets you have fun with your imagination, you have to see this movie.

In the waning years of the newspaper industry, we see a very classy Helen Mirren play a "Devil wears Prada"-ish editor who runs The Washington Globe. Overpowering his boss(with charm and experience, of course), Russell Crowe is the very type of gutsy(almost brave) newspaper reporter that anyone who wanted to be in his shoes can admire. And yet he teams up with a Globe blogger(Rachel McAdams) who dares to see herself as his equal(and she really is). Crowe's and McAdams' characters brilliantly investigate a deadly situation tainted with national intrigue that includes the young yet powerfully influential Stephen Collins played by Ben Affleck.

I was on the edge of my seat most of the time, thrilled with this actual adventure in the city without any fear of cartoons or ray guns spoiling the appearance of authenticity. Movies like this are made so rarely, it was almost sad to leave the theater. I will see it again this weekend for sure.

I give it a high 9 and now I will try to get the BBC Miniseries version of State Of Play for comparison's sake which stars my favorite BBC TV star who I enjoyed as Sam Tyler on the BBC's Life On Mars (which had a better appeal than the US version).


120 of 180 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page