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Game Change (2012)

Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska becomes Senator John McCain's running mate in the 2008 Presidential election.

Director:

Jay Roach

Writers:

Danny Strong, Mark Halperin (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Moore ... Sarah Palin
Woody Harrelson ... Steve Schmidt
Ed Harris ... John McCain
Peter MacNicol ... Rick Davis
Jamey Sheridan ... Mark Salter
Sarah Paulson ... Nicolle Wallace
Ron Livingston ... Mark Wallace
David Barry Gray ... Todd Palin
Larry Sullivan ... Chris Edwards
Mikal Evans Mikal Evans ... Bexie Nobles
Colby French ... Tucker Eskew
Bruce Altman ... Fred Davis
Spencer Garrett ... Steve Biegun
Brian Howe ... Randy Scheunemann
John Rothman ... A.B. Culvahouse
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Storyline

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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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official Site - HBO

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Game Change See more »

Filming Locations:

Brooklandville, Maryland, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Woody Harrelson has appeared in such politically-themed pictures as LBJ (2016), where he plays the title character, President Lyndon B. Johnson; Game Change (2012); Barry Levinson's political satire Wag the Dog (1997); Battle in Seattle (2007); and Welcome to Sarajevo (1997). The year after LBJ (2016), Harrelson played the title character in Wilson (2017), but this was not former US President 'Woodrow Wilson', as with the earlier Wilson (1944). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Woman: I can't trust Obama. I've read about him and he's not a... he's a... he's a Arab. He's not an Americ...
John McCain: No, ma'am. No, ma'am. He's a decent family man citizen who I just happen to have some disagreements with on certain fundamental issues. And that's what this campaign is all about.
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Soundtracks

I Feel Pretty
Written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Julie Andrews
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment
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Scary Stuff
10 March 2012 | by burt-peltSee all my reviews

Excellent movie! Reminds me that Sarah Palin was not anywhere near ready to be picked for Vice President. Movie does make you feel sorry for Palin. But, than again thinking more about what has happened since the 2008 election and NOT feeling sorry for her. If she were anything like the "victim" then she would NOT keep trying to be in the national public eye. I sure hope she finally realizes she will NEVER be a national political figure. Anything else is just a scary thought. Julianne Moore did an excellent job playing Sarah Palin and she got it right in saying this movie shows what's wrong with our democracy. When someone like John McCain can pick a Vice President candidate purely for political purposes KNOWing she was NOT fit to be President (which IS the primary job of a Vice President), then you know this is a problem for our country.


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