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
The Wilsons' story [Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame Wilson] had played out very publicly. Dispatched by the US government to Niger to confirm reports of a large purchase of uranium by the Iraqi government, Joe Wilson [Joseph Wilson] concluded that the rumors were unfounded, but his findings were ignored by the Bush Administration. The former State Department official was no friend of Saddam Hussein. He was the last American diplomat to meet with the dictator after Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, personally demanding the withdrawal of Iraqi forces. He also faced down Hussein when the Iraqi President threatened the lives of any foreigners living in Iraq, rescuing thousands of Americans before he left the country himself. But Wilson, an inveterate truth teller, was outraged by the White House's decision to falsely cite the debunked uranium sale as proof that Iraq was currently on the verge of producing a nuclear weapon. Shortly after he published an article refuting the claim in The New York Times, 'Valerie Plame Wilson' (qv's identity as a covert officer was revealed). The Wilsons, their family and scores of her associates were deliberately endangered. The unidentified source was clearly a high-ranking Bush administration official. Producer Janet Zucker said: "You couldn't have made this up." After learning more about the Wilsons, the producers of this film realized the story was much deeper and richer than the headlines. The Wilsons were a couple whose lives had been turned upside down in the most wrenching personal terms. Each reacted very differently to the campaign against them. Joe Wilson [Joseph Wilson] fired back with both barrels, alleging that the revelation was a criminal act. But after a lifetime in the shadows, Valerie Plame Wilson was reluctant to go public. Producer Jerry Zucker said: "Here was a woman who led a secret life for a long time. Her most intimate friends thought she was a venture capitalist. Suddenly she is thrust into the spotlight and revealed as a spy, forced to speak out publicly and defend her life. It was an incredible reversal." 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 »
Those were the words of Valerie Plame's superior right before he fired her. It doesn't matter who you are or what you do. If you cross paths with the most powerful people in the world: you get broken in half. It's that simple. Fair Game is my kind of movie: real characters, real people, real events. This movie confirms everything I already knew or suspected, but this is powerful stuff. If you ever felt overwhelmed or helpless: try these guy's shoes for a week in that awful period between 2003 and 2005.
Hollywood is getting out of it's shell after the 2000-2008 period in which the Hawk's reintroduced a period of McCarthyism. Hollywood became a propaganda machine for Bush: 'Support the troops, don't you love America?' I still see the images of the speech at the Oscars Michael Moore gave: "Shame on you Mr. President". The room booed and cheered at the same time, but the front row with every A-list actor you can think of, sat quiet and didn't move. They said nothing. Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame did not stay quiet. It's hard to comprehend that these events didn't happen 50 years ago. They happened less than 10 years ago. The White House created a smokescreen that very few people could see through. Those who did were outnumbered and slaughtered. Thank God for the educational purposes of cinema.
The Green Zone, Body of Lies and such are movies which tried to point out the errors in foreign policies, but Fair Game says it out loud: they wanted a war and the would stop at nothing to get it. Destroy anything or anyone who gets in the way. Most members of that White House got a slap on the wrist and are now giving $100.000 lectures.
Doug Liman has made his best movie yet. He has now made my list of accomplished directors. It's topnotch on a technical level and at a dramatic level. Liman leaves out any information the viewer knows or should be able to piece together for themselves. The script got me from start to finish. So did the actors.
No, there not much wrong with this movie. That's why it pains me that it bombed at the box-office. These kinda movies should be celebrated for their courage. But no, movies like Inception get all the attention. And nobody cares over hundreds of thousands civilians died because of the Iraq-war.
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