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State of Play (2009)

State of Play Movie

Starring: Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Robin Wright Penn, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Jeff Daniels

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Release Date: April 17th, 2009
Release Date: 24th April, 2009

Synopsis: The film is set in Washington, D.C. and tells of Stephen Collins, a fast-rising United States Congressman with ambitions to become his party’s presidential candidate. This goal is threatened after his mistress is found dead in suspicious circumstances, while right-wing opponents to Collins’ campaign for social reform attempt to use the scandal to kill his political career.


State of Play Movie Trailer

About the Movie

State of Play is a 2009 political thriller. It is a film adaptation of the critically acclaimed six-part British television serial of the same name, which first aired on BBC One in 2003. The plot of the six-hour serial was condensed to fit a two-hour movie format, with the location changed to Washington, D.C. The film was directed by Kevin Macdonald from a screenplay written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Tony Gilroy, Peter Morgan, and Billy Ray.

The film tells of a journalist’s probe into the suspicious death of a Congressman’s mistress. Russell Crowe plays the journalist and Ben Affleck plays the Congressman. The supporting cast includes Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Jason Bateman, Robin Wright Penn, and Jeff Daniels. Macdonald said State of Play is influenced by the films of the 1970s and explores the topical subject of privatization of American Homeland Security and to a minor extent journalistic independence along with the relationship between politicians and the press. It was released in North America on April 17, 2009.

'State of Play' Stars

Ben Affleck, Helen Mirren, Jason Bateman, Jeff Daniels, Kevin Macdonald, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright Penn, Russell Crowe

'State of Play' Movie Links

Official State of Play Movie Website
State of Play on IMDb

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