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Game Change (2012)

Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska becomes Sen. John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election.



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Todd Palin
Mikal Evans ...
Bexie Nobles
Fred Davis
Steve Biegun
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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Politics would never be the same.


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John Heilemann: One of the two original writers of the book 'Game Change', on which the film is based. The other is Mark Halperin. Both appear as the two reporters asking Steve Schmidt (Woody Harrelson) about Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore)'s "amniotic fluid". See more »


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


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May God Bless America
Written by Bobby Bare and Boyce Hawkins
Performed by Loretta Lynn
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Brilliant - my only complaint - it isn't in theatres
10 March 2012 | by 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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