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State of Play (2009)

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When a congressional aide is killed, a Washington D.C. journalist starts investigating the case involving the congressman, 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

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 Congressman's assistant falls in front of a subway - two seemingly unrelated deaths. But not to wisecracking, brash newspaper reporter Cal McAffrey who spies a conspiracy waiting to be uncovered. With a turbulent past connected to the Congressman and the aid of ambitious young rookie writer Della Frye, 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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Who's telling the Lies? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

USA | UK | France

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

17 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los secretos del poder See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,071,280, 19 April 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,017,955, 18 June 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,812,371, 18 June 2009
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening scene, Russell Crowe is shown singing "The Night Pat Murphy Died". In 2008, the band Gaelic Storm released a CD with a track titled "The Night I Punched Russell Crowe", based on what they claim to be a true story that happened to their lead singer, Patrick Murphy. See more »

Goofs

McAffrey's car is shown to have a CB and at least one other radio, yet there are no antennas on his car. See more »

Quotes

Cal McAffrey: Mornin'...
Cameron Lynne: So? Where are we, was he nobbing her or not?
Cal McAffrey: Morning, Cam...
Cameron Lynne: That's funny about you. Every time your friend runs for re-election or conducts a hearing, you drop his name to me until we give him some coverage... but he finally does something that actually might sell some newspapers, you render mute. It's, it's - incongruous!
Cal McAffrey: No, it's not... it's inconsistent.
Cameron Lynne: Pfff, don't be an ass. What do you think? Those are the ideas for our facelift. I know, I know... it's crap! Our new owners ...
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Crazy Credits

The printing process of a newspaper is shown as the ending credits start to show up. See more »

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Referenced in Borgen: Op til kamp (2011) 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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A must-see for the American public
26 April 2009 | by ArthurDentalSee all my reviews

Character-wise, this movie doesn't have the complex figures of the best political thrillers. Dialogs are the brightest. Editing is great and the music's appropriate without being too prominent. But those are small quibbles when it comes to one of the most honest major features to come out in a long time. You'll hardly know where the facts end and where the fiction begins, because so much of it, barely obscured by a change of name, is real. As much a fiction this movie is, it may as well be a documentary.

I watched this in a mostly empty theater on a Sunday night. Americans, they told you so.


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