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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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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Politics would never be the same.


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Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson would join forces again in The The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014), which was also written by Danny Strong. See more »

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In a scene where Ed Harris' character, John McCain, is woken up in the middle of the night, it is clear that his arms are stretched out above his head. This is not possible, as due to the years of physical abuse/torture John McCain suffered as a POW, he is unable to raise both of his arms above his head. See more »

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Mark Wallace: Steve, what's up?
Steve Schmidt: How many questions does Sarah Palin have to answer in the debate?
Mark Wallace: Uh... twenty-two to twenty-five.
Steve Schmidt: And how long is each answer?
Mark Wallace: Two minutes with pivots.
Steve Schmidt: So if all we have to do is get the best actress in American politics to memorize forty-five minutes' worth of answers, then why did we waste five days trying to get her to understand what any of this shit means?
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I have never enjoyed an HBO production more
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"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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