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
A meeting was quickly arranged between Naomi Watts and director Doug Liman after she had read the script. Liman said: "From our first meeting, Naomi showed unwavering commitment to the film. She became my partner every inch of the way, rolling up her sleeves, and working long, long days in difficult conditions. We shot in five different countries under conditions that a star of her stature would never normally endure. And through all of this, she was able to deliver what may be the finest performance I have ever recorded on film." Watts was equally impressed by Liman's determination to present the unvarnished truth of the story. Watts said: "Doug has a passion that is blinding. I knew he had the courage to tell this story. The things that he did to tell this story were at times mad, like going to Iraq and doing all of the camera work himself. He would never accept no. We didn't always have permits. This is a guy who'd rather be arrested than compromise his film." See more »
Dr. Zahra's flight boarding pass is shown to have combined English and Arabic text, however, the Arabic part does not mean anything in the Arabic Language. These words are literal pronunciation of the English words (Name/From/To). If these Arabic words were spoken by an Arab, you would hear him say Name/From/To, which means nothing in Arabic. See more »
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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