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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 congressman, his old college friend.

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... Cal McAffrey
... Stephen Collins
... Della Frye
... Cameron Lynne
... Anne Collins (as Robin Wright Penn)
... Dominic Foy
... George Fergus
... Robert Bingham
... Detective Bell
... Pete
... Hank
... Gene Stavitz
... Dr. Judith Franklin
... PointCorp Insider
Sarah Lord ... Mandi
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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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Rated PG-13 for some violence, language including sexual references, and brief drug content | See all certifications »

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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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The photos on display behind the desk in Cameron Lynn's office are Helen Mirren's own personal photos and show her with her sister, Kate, and husband Taylor Hackford. See more »

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When Cal is driving to Stephen's office near the end of the film, it shows him driving without anything on his right hand, which was heavily wrapped up in obvious white bandages in both the scene before and after his drive. See more »

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Rep. George Fergus: What's up? How did you find me?
Cal McAffrey: I followed the trail of crumbs, congressman.
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If you like thrillers...
20 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

Crowe brings his A game (despite an occasional accent slip) to his role as a world-weary reporter with the newly purchased Washington Globe, helmed by Helen Mirren's very engaging take on Perry White/Katharine Graham. If you like thrillers you won't be disappointed in this pic that runs 2 hours and feels less than half of that. "State of Play" isn't perfect and the number of plot points that need to come together veritably dictate some implausibility at the end but if you compare this film to any five suspense-thrillers (at least Hollywood-made) that have come out in the past five years, you have to appreciate the whole package: Acting (and I disagree with the Ben Affleck naysayers here, he acquitted himself very well), character acting (Viola Thomas, Jason Batemen and Harry Lennix compete equally with a fraction of the time of the major players), interesting and gripping plot and story development, and overall believability all make this a first-rate film and one all involved should be proud of. The subtext of love and loss surrounding the non- entertainment print media also lends more than a little credibility and sympathy to the effort. I hope this film succeeds on a financial level and inspires at least one or two ambitious filmmakers to make movies in the same vein. Without doubt, there are too few genre pics of this caliber and State of Play shows it can be done well, even into the 21st century.


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