This searing, behind-the-scenes look at John McCain's ill-fated 2008 presidential campaign follows the daring plan to add Sarah Palin to the ticket and the implosion that would soon follow.

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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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The real Steve Schmidt called the film's portrayal of him, and the events surrounding Palin's nomination and candidacy as accurate. See more »

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In a bedroom scene, Julianne Moore's Sarah Palin is wearing the third jersey of the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche. This jersey was officially announced more than a year later on November 12, 2009 making it an anachronism for her character to be wearing it in 2008 during the Presidential campaign. See more »

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Steve Schmidt: Governor, do you know why we're in Iraq?
Sarah Palin: Because Saddam Hussein attacked us on 9/11.
Steve Schmidt: No, no, Al Qaeda attacked us on 9/11
Sarah Palin: Not Saddam Hussein?
Steve Schmidt: No, it was Al Qaeda. That's why we're in Afghanistan.
Nicolle Wallace: Do you know the primary differences between the war in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq?
[Palin doesn't answer]
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Written by Jack Wesley Routh and J.C. Crowley (as John Charles Crowley II)
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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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