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Fair Game (2010)

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CIA operative Valerie Plame discovers her identity is allegedly leaked by the government as payback for an op-ed article her husband wrote criticizing the Bush administration.

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Sonya Davison ...
Chanel Suit
Vanessa Chong ...
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Hafiz
Stephanie Chai ...
Tabir Secretary #2
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Sue
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Steve
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Lisa
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Jeff
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Samantha Wilson
Quinn Broggy ...
Trevor Wilson
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CIA Tour Leader
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Plame's status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq. Written by anonymous

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Wife. Mother. Spy. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »

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3 December 2010 (USA)  »

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Untitled Plame and Wilson Biopic  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$651,802, 7 November 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,528,092, 13 February 2011
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The film's development was initially a "project [which] was previously in development at Warner Bros." according to the TCMDb (Turner Classics Movie Database). See more »

Goofs

Joe Wilson is portrayed as removing his shoes before passing through airport security. This was not standard practice until 2003, however expensive shoes with a metal reinforcing in the sole have always set off metal detectors and therefore he did so voluntarily. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Valerie Plame: Jessica McDowell, Gnosos Chemicals.
Tabir Secretary #1: When do you leave for Kuala Lumpur, Miss McDowell?
Valerie Plame: I fly to Taiwan Tuesday, then back to Düsseldorf.
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Referenced in Who's on Firth (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

GOOD LOVIN'
Written by Willie Clarke, Johnny Pearsall and Clarence Reid
Performed by Betty Wright
Courtesy of The Numero Group
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Riveting from start to finish - a must see
25 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

This is an amazingly well put together movie. The screenplay is totally understandable. One of the best films about the process of going in to the Iraq War and the use of information at the time. I was superficially familiar with Plame's story but did not realize how vital her and her husband's work was in relation to the Iraq war.

Naomi Watts does a very good job. She doesn't overact but you can see her vulnerability and passion. She blends into the role so well that unlike Nicole Kidman you don't think of a movie star acting but you focus on the story. Virginia Madsen looks more like Valerie Plame but unfortunately is now too old. Sean Penn is a bit too unattractive for the role but his acting ability makes up for it.

The production is top notch with an authentic on location feel to it.

Valerie Plame's story has to be told in this movie form so everyone can learn about what happened to her. It is a great story about the life of a CIA operative and it's toll on family life. It also is a great story about how the most patriotic acts can be so difficult to carry out in the face of unjust opposition.

The movie really deserves some big award nominations.


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