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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Woody Harrelson previously had a cameo in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, also directed by Jay Roach. See more »


Steve Schmidt tells Sarah Palin that, if everything goes according to plan, her Secret Service agents will be with her for the rest of her life. Vice Presidents only receive Secret Service protection for up to 6 months after leaving office. 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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I have never enjoyed an HBO production more
12 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Game Change" was one of the most excellent docudramas I have seen on HBO or truthfully anywhere else. The acting, in my opinion, was flawless. Since I am a political junkie and followed the McCain and Obama campaigns closely nothing that was illuminated came as a surprise to me BUT to see it played out gave a dimension to it that I never could have gotten unless I was closely within the campaign in this case on the Republican side. The production brought life to all the pages and pages of newspaper and other description of the campaign's minutiae.

At times I forgot that Julianne Moore was acting the part as she brought so much realism to it. The same can be said for Ed Harris and Woody Harrelson. All were brilliant.

For me, an ardent Democrat, it simply illuminates why I am one and how grateful I am that Obama won the 2008 campaign. It also illuminates for me why elections matter. It truly has an impact on life or death. What pablum is fed to the media who feeds it to us is NOT in truth what goes on behind the scenes and makes it all the more important to choose wisely those who would determine your fate! Elections matter BUT INTELLECT does as well!

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