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Fair Game (2010)

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CIA operative Valerie Plame discovers her identity is allegedly leaked by the government as payback for an op-ed article her husband wrote criticizing the Bush administration.

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Doug Liman

Writers:

Jez Butterworth (screenplay), John-Henry Butterworth (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Naomi Watts ... Valerie Plame
Sonya Davison Sonya Davison ... Chanel Suit
Vanessa Chong Vanessa Chong ... Tabir Secretary #1
Anand Tiwari ... Hafiz
Stephanie Chai Stephanie Chai ... Tabir Secretary #2
Sean Penn ... Joe Wilson
Ty Burrell ... Fred
Jessica Hecht ... Sue
Norbert Leo Butz ... Steve
Rebecca Rigg ... Lisa
Brooke Smith ... Diana
Tom McCarthy ... Jeff
Ashley Gerasimovich ... Samantha Wilson
Quinn Broggy Quinn Broggy ... Trevor Wilson
Nicholas Sadler ... CIA Tour Leader
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Storyline

Plame's status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq. Written by anonymous

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Inspired by true events. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | Arabic | French

Release Date:

3 December 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Plame and Wilson Biopic See more »

Filming Locations:

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$651,802, 7 November 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,528,092, 13 February 2011
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Star Naomi Watts believes that the personal struggle of the Wilsons (Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame Wilson) would touch audiences as much as it did her. Watts said: "I hope that Valerie and Joe's story will move people. It's a testament to them both that their marriage survived despite the level of scrutiny they were put under." See more »

Goofs

Several scenes in the film feature Pepsi cans featuring the logo that was introduced in 2008. Since this film takes place in 2002-2003, the older logo would have appeared on the cans. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Valerie Plame: [arriving at Kuala Lumpur airport] Jessica McDowell, Gnosos Chemicals.
Chanel Suit: [on elevator] When do you leave Kuala Lumpur, Miss McDowell?
Valerie Plame: I fly to Taiwan Tuesday, then back to Düsseldorf.
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, the last names of some of the characters (Hafiz, Jack, Bill, Dr. Zahraa, Paul, Ali, Hammad, Beth and Pete) are redacted. See more »

Alternate Versions

According to Decider.com, the changes in the 2018 director's cut are: -The new version runs 1 hour and 54 minutes to the original's 1 hour and 48 minutes
  • The Director's Cut shows Plame leading a quiet raid on a shipping facility in order to intercept a detonator
  • A scene where Wilson expresses his frustration and fear that he can't know where Plame is being sent or whether she's okay
  • A short scene airs after a clip of Bush giving his State of the Union speech where he alluded to Iraq's use of uranium, where we see Iraq at dusk, peaceful, before the U.S. shock-and-awe bombing began
  • An extended scene between Plame and her friend Diana (Brooke Smith) after Plame's cover has been blown
  • An extension of a scene where Plame and Wilson argue in their kitchen
  • A scene where Joe is harassed at a restaurant and he yells back at the woman is trimmed up a bit
  • A closing montage of Wilson speaking at various college lectures is re-edited
  • The final scene of Naomi Watts as Plame testifying before Congress has been swapped for different shots
  • The postscript: "In 2018 President Trump gave Libby a full pardon."
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Connections

References Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Diaraby Magni (Yossi Fine as Radiks Remix)
Written and Performed by Vieux Farka Touré
Courtesy of Six Degrees Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it...
30 January 2011 | by dennispublicSee all my reviews

First of all: I'm not an American, so I have no interest in any of the left wing vs right wing political immaturity that goes on there. And since I'm being honest: if this film was a work of fiction - it wouldn't have been that great, maybe a 6/10 IMDb rating.

What makes this film absolutely mind blowing is that this stuff actually happened. Wow! You can argue the little details if you wish, but the bulk of this is public record and you're not kidding anyone. This gets an 8/10 on IMDb from me because it's non-fiction and it's a very very important story.

The war in Iraq was a crime and the guilty should be required to watch this movie, a few times. How many thousands of lives could have been saved? Feel shame and learn from your mistakes. Get mad! Don't ever be fooled like this again!!!

Frankly this movie should be shown in schools for the next 100 years - it should be considered required viewing in History classes. I think it's important that this little piece of the past is not swept under the rug anytime soon. I praise the makers of this film, I praise Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame.

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it - so cherish this 108 minute reminder of America's greatest mistake.


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