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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.

Director:

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Co-screenwriter John-Henry Butterworth' said: "The research period was terrifically exciting. It was all very cloak and dagger. People were reluctant to talk about Valerie [Valerie Plame Wilson] at first, especially when they heard we were researching a movie. In fact, we were registered at our hotel as construction executives." See more »

Goofs

The camera sound effects used throughout the film for the press photographers' cameras do not include the classic mechanical motor drive or motor winder sound after each shutter click. This means the sound effects were from modern digital SLRs, which were not widely used in 2001. There would have been plenty of motor drive noise from vintage 2001 pro SLRs. 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

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.11 (2011) See more »

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Written by Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore), Zach Danziger and Julian Davis (as Julian Michael Davis)
Performed by Cham Pain
Courtesy of DeeTown Entertainment
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Fact, fiction and vice versa
4 December 2010 | by roastmary-1See all my reviews

An outrageous act that the perpetrators managed to get away with it, in fact this particular perpetrators got away with more than anyone in recent history. Scooter Libby, guilty as hell himself became the protective shield of the Vice President. We all know that, so how is it possible that nothing has been done about it? Joe Wilson and Valerie Plane are the attractive protagonists of this thriller that looks and feels like a work of fiction. They are played by the wonderful Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, although the hand held camera and the digital thing worked against them, She looks as if suffering from some kind of skin ailment. David Andrews is great as Scooter Libby. Horrid. The director, however, should have been the Costa Gavras of "Z" or "State Of Siege" Fair Game doesn't go deep enough. If you don't know about it, you'll be very confused and won't be as outraged as one should be. I followed the outraged as it played on the Cable News networks, in the papers and on line, that's why I wanted more from the film but I'm glad it was made and I hope it tickles the curiosity of the naturally indifferent to awaken a truly patriotic sense of disgust.


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