Summer, 2008: John McCain secures the nomination, but polls behind Barack Obama. Strategist Steve Schmidt suggests a game changer: picking a conservative female with media savvy, unknown Alaska governor Sarah Palin, as vice president. She's an immediate hit and a quick study - the gap closes. Then, Tina Fey's impersonation, a raft of criticism, and missing her family send Palin into a near-catatonic state: she doesn't prepare for her Katie Couric interview and bombs. Schmidt searches for an answer: don't expect her to learn the issues, but give her a script. Palin does well in the debate with Biden; she finds her voice, goes off script, and goes rogue. A mistake?
Politics would never be the same.
Did You Know?
This film's director Jay Roach
, who directed this movie about the 2008 US American Presidential election, previously directed Recount
(2008), which was about the 2000 US American Presidential Election. Roach later directed the political comedy The Campaign
(2012) and the political drama All the Way
(2016), the latter about former American US President Lyndon B. Johnson
. See more
In a bedroom scene, Julianne Moore's Sarah Palin is wearing the third jersey of the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche. This jersey was officially announced more than a year later on November 12, 2009 making it an anachronism for her character to be wearing it in 2008 during the Presidential campaign. See more
Steve, I'm getting a bunch of mixed messages here. Is the governor giving a concession speech or not? Because she just told me...
I've already said this five times already. She is not giving a speech.
Well, she seems to think otherwise.
Well, she's not.
What do you want me to tell her?
Tell her she's not fucking speaking!
Okay, well, you both seem pretty certain...
Well, let my certainty supersede her certainty! God damn it!
Beyond the Great Divide
Written by Jack Wesley Routh
and J.C. Crowley
(as John Charles Crowley II)
Performed by Emmylou Harris
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records See more