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Game Change (2012)

Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska becomes Sen. John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sarah Palin
... Steve Schmidt
... John McCain
... Rick Davis
... Mark Salter
... Nicolle Wallace
... Mark Wallace
... Todd Palin
... Chris Edwards
Mikal Evans ... Bexie Nobles
... Tucker Eskew
... Fred Davis
... Steve Biegun
... Randy Scheunemann
... A.B. Culvahouse
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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? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Politics would never be the same.


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Julianne Moore played Ed Harris' mother in The Hours (2002). See more »

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In a scene where Ed Harris' character, John McCain, is woken up in the middle of the night, it is clear that his arms are stretched out above his head. This is not possible, as due to the years of physical abuse/torture John McCain suffered as a POW, he is unable to raise both of his arms above his head. See more »

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Steve Schmidt: Governor, do you know why we're in Iraq?
Sarah Palin: Because Saddam Hussein attacked us on 9/11.
Steve Schmidt: No, no, Al Qaeda attacked us on 9/11
Sarah Palin: Not Saddam Hussein?
Steve Schmidt: No, it was Al Qaeda. That's why we're in Afghanistan.
Nicolle Wallace: Do you know the primary differences between the war in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq?
[Palin doesn't answer]
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Featured in De wereld draait door: Episode #7.93 (2012) See more »

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Written by Robert John Lange and Shania Twain
Performed by Shania Twain
Courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Moore is Palin!
11 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

Review: Game Change (HBO)

"Recount" creator Jay Roach returns to the politico ring with "Game Change" starring Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt, the man behind John McCain's 2008 run for the White House. A straight recount of the vetting of Sarah Palin to the VP post and it's compelling to see Julianne Moore be Sarah Palin (I forgot there was an actress playing her shortly into the movie). Ed Harris fills McCain's shoes with a respectful performance with dignity. All the actors are great, but Moore is absolutely stunning in the dramatic scenes. Roach presents some great moments in history as Palin watches Tina Fey doing an impression of her on SNL (surreal to watch an actor as Palin watching Fey doing Palin). I thought the film makers did a great balance, showing Schmidt as a flawed man who made the mistake of choosing an independent minded woman who has a few major flaws of her own (she is as misinformed as most of the right wing base). Great movie and Moore made me forget she was acting, a perfect performance!


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