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State of Play (2009)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 17 April 2009 (USA)
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When a congressional aide is killed, a Washington, D.C. journalist starts investigating the case involving the Representative, his old college friend.

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Kevin Macdonald

Writers:

Matthew Michael Carnahan (screenplay), Tony Gilroy (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Crowe ... Cal McAffrey
Ben Affleck ... Stephen Collins
Rachel McAdams ... Della Frye
Helen Mirren ... Cameron Lynne
Robin Wright ... Anne Collins (as Robin Wright Penn)
Jason Bateman ... Dominic Foy
Jeff Daniels ... George Fergus
Michael Berresse ... Robert Bingham
Harry Lennix ... Detective Bell
Josh Mostel ... Pete
Michael Weston ... Hank
Barry Shabaka Henley ... Gene Stavitz
Viola Davis ... Dr. Judith Franklin
David Harbour ... PointCorp Insider
Sarah Lord Sarah Lord ... Mandi
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Storyline

A petty thief is gunned down in an alley and a Representative's assistant falls in front of a subway, two seemingly unrelated deaths. But not to wisecracking, brash newspaper reporter Cal McAffrey (Russell Crowe), who spies a conspiracy waiting to be uncovered. With a turbulent past connected to the Representative and the aid of ambitious young rookie writer Della Frye (Rachel McAdams), Cal begins uprooting clues that lead him to a corporate cover-up full of insiders, informants, and assassins. But as he draws closer to the truth, the relentless journalist must decide if it's worth risking his life and selling his soul to get the ultimate story. Written by The Massie Twins

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, language including sexual references, and brief drug content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Director Kevin Macdonald considered asking Bill Nighy to reprise his role of Cameron, but decided to make the character a female instead. Dame Helen Mirren was then cast. See more »

Goofs

After Della Frye abandons the phone call from McAffrey during the night, she throws her mobile phone onto the night stand. The phone changes its position twice during the subsequent shots. See more »

Quotes

Rep. Stephen Collins: [sarcastically] I see you redecorated.
Cal McAffrey: Yeah, I moved the couch a couple of feet.
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The printing process of a newspaper is shown as the ending credits start to show up. See more »

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Peter and the Wolf
Written by Sergei Prokofiev (as Serge Prokofieff)
Performed by The Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony (as The Czechoslovak Radio Symphony Orchestra)
Conducted by Ondrej Lenard
Courtesy of Boosey & Hawkes on behalf of Naxos Rights International Ltd
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Enjoyable thriller with a glaring miscasting
12 October 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Good thriller with some excellent performances. Russell Crowe is suitably grizzled as the been around reporter and Helen Mirren is wonderfully tough as his editor, the problem is the casting of Ben Affleck. He gives a good enough performance but is far too young to be believable as Crowe's college roommate or Robin Wright Penn's husband, not his fault but a major casting error nonetheless. Originally Crowe and Affleck's parts were to be filled by Brad Pitt and Edward Norton a far more simpatico pairing the obvious disparity in the leads ages distracts throughout the film. Jason Bateman shows up late in the movie to offer up a fun, out there performance as a sleaze. The story itself does move along and offers some nice tension and twists.


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17 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,071,280, 19 April 2009

Gross USA:

$37,017,955

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,812,371
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