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State of Play (2009)

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

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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

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

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17 April 2009 (USA)  »

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$14,071,280 (USA) (17 April 2009)

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$36,965,395 (USA) (12 June 2009)
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Director Kevin Macdonald considered asking Bill Nighy to reprise his role of Cameron, but decided to make the character a female instead. Helen Mirren was then cast. See more »

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In the scene where Della receives the photograph, she is talking to a character who we haven't met yet at this point. It is Rhonda, the college roommate. See more »

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Della Frye: I'm not giving up this story! Sorry... If I could just... I just need a few more days with it, I promise I'm not gonna let you down.
Cameron Lynne: Oh for Christ's sake. Don't throw those dewey cub-reporter eyes at me, it's nauseating.
[Rachel McAdams smiles as Mirren is letting her stay on the story]
Cameron Lynne: Fuck you very much.
Cal McAffrey: Pleasure.
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The printing process of a newspaper is shown as the ending credits start to show up. See more »

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Long As I Can See The Light
Written by John Fogerty
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Courtesy of Universal Music Group International (United Kingdom)
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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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).


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