Game Change (2012)

TV Movie  |  TV-MA  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  10 March 2012 (USA)
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Follows John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate to their ultimate defeat in the general election.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wallace
David Barry Gray ...
Chris Edwards
Bexie Nobles
Tucker Eskew
Fred Davis
Randy Scheunemann
A.B. Culvahouse


Summer, 2008: John McCain secures the nomination, but polls behind Barack Obama. Strategist Steve Schmidt suggests a game changer: picking a conservative female with media savvy, unknown Alaska governor Sarah Palin, as vice president. She's an immediate hit and a quick study - the gap closes. Then, Tina Fey's impersonation, a raft of criticism, and missing her family send Palin into a near-catatonic state: she doesn't prepare for her Katie Couric interview and bombs. Schmidt searches for an answer: don't expect her to learn the issues, but give her a script. Palin does well in the debate with Biden; she finds her voice, goes off script, and goes rogue. A mistake? Written by <>

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Politics would never be the same.


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The production carefully placed background actors in the audience scenes to resemble actual audience members in convention and town-hall scenes in order to enhance the cutting-in of newscast footage. See more »


When Rick Davis was Google searching for a female VP candidate, he typed the letter "J" See more »


Steve Schmidt: [after Palin finishes an impressive debate rehearsal] That was amazing. There's just one slight adjustment I wanna give you. You need to call him Senator Biden, not Senator O'Biden.
Sarah Palin: No, that's what I called him, Senator O'Biden.
Steve Schmidt: You just said it again.
Sarah Palin: Said what?
Steve Schmidt: O'Biden.
Sarah Palin: Right. Senator Biden.
Steve Schmidt: That's it!
Sarah Palin: Oh. Biden.
Steve Schmidt: No, no, there's no "O."
Sarah Palin: No, I meant "Oh" as in "Oh, I get it," not "O" as in "O'Biden."
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.10 (2013) See more »


Beyond the Great Divide
Written by Jack Wesley Routh and J.C. Crowley (as John Charles Crowley II)
Performed by Emmylou Harris
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Brilliant - my only complaint - it isn't in theatres
10 March 2012 | by (Las Vegas, Nevada) – See all my reviews

Amazingly good solid film. Julianne Moore is brilliant as Sarah Palin, and the rest of the cast - equally wonderful! The script is solid too, and keeps your interest, even if you remember every nuance of the Presidential race and the story we lived through. I don't want to say too much about the actual production, because it is so well done, mixing reportage with the actors. Mixing journalists with the actors.

It really is great. Congratulations to everyone at HBO and I really really really hope the film will be released in theatres around the country. It deserves the widest possible audience as possible.

I don't think it matters if you are Republican or Democrat, who you voted for or didn't vote either. The film is good, fair, interesting and well done.

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