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?
The full name of this film's source 2010 book by by Mark Halperin
and John Heilemann
is "Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime". 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
There's a dark side to American populism. Some people win elections tapping into it. I'm not one of those people.
Featured in Creating a Candidate
May God Bless America
Written by Bobby Bare
and Boyce Hawkins
Performed by Loretta Lynn
Courtesy of MCA Nashville
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises See more