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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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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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The father of the film's director Doug Liman, Arthur Liman, was counsel for the United States of America Senate during the Iran-Contra hearings. Director Doug Liman said he thought frequently during the production of a remark by Justice Louis Brandeis [Louis D. Brandeis] that his father often quoted, which was: "-'Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.' I went into this film very much with idea of truth in mind. I felt my father's presence on the set every day in each aspect of development and creativity down to the smallest detail. I wanted everything to be completely accurate. Liman added: "What I'd like people to take away from Fair Game (2010), is a feeling of hope. I want the audience to love and respect Valerie and Joe [Valerie Plame Wilson and Joseph Wilson] as much as I do." 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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The Washington Post March
Written by John Philip Sousa
Arranged by Peter Tomashek
Courtesy of Megatrax Production Music
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A good adaptation of the Valerie Plame scandal.
6 April 2011 | by lewiskendellSee all my reviews

"When did the question move from 'Why are we going to war?' to 'Who is this man's wife?'"

Fair Game takes the huge media storm of a few years ago surrounding the leaked identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, and focuses on the strain placed on her and her family by the intentional exposure of her identity by government officials in retaliation for her husband's infamous New York Times op-ed piece. 

Movies based on actual, heavily politically-charged events usually aren't my thing, but Naomi Watts as Valerie and Sean Penn as her husband really do an excellent job of conveying this serious, and at times troubling, story. Watts portrays Plame as an intelligent and capable woman who is easy to sympathize with. As she's effectively blocked out from her job at the CIA and her personal life begins to swiftly unravel, she keeps a steely resolve that's wholly believable. And while Sean Penn doesn't have to stretch far for his character, he also makes him feel like a genuine person. Great acting from them both to compliment the solid script. 

Anyone even casually interested in the Valerie Plame scandal should check this out, as it's a pretty darn good (and thought-provoking) adaptation of a dark time in our country's recent history. 


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