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State of Play (2009)

Crime, Drama, Mystery |.

State of Play is a political thriller film directed by Kevin Macdonald. It is based on the 2003 British television serial of the same name.

The film tells of a journalist’s probe into the suspicious death of a congressman’s mistress. The supporting cast includes Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Jason Bateman, Robin Wright and Jeff Daniels. Macdonald said that State of Play is influenced by the films of the 1970s and explores the 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. The film received generally positive reviews.

One night, a thief fleeing through Georgetown in Washington, D.C., is shot by a man carrying a briefcase. A deliveryman who witnesses the incident is also shot by the killer and is left in a coma. The following morning, a young woman is killed by a Washington Metro train in what seems to be suicide. Congressman Stephen Collins is distraught to hear that the woman was Sonia Baker, a researcher on his staff. Collins, who has military experience, is leading an investigation into PointCorp, a private defense contractor with controversial operations involving mercenaries. Collins tells his college roommate and old friend Cal McAffrey, an investigative reporter, that he had been having an affair with Sonia and that she had sent him a cheerful video message on the morning of her death, which he says is inconsistent and unusual behavior for someone about to commit suicide.

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Writers: Matthew Michael Carnahan (screenplay), Tony Gilroy (screenplay), Billy Ray (screenplay), Paul Abbott (television series)

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


Russell CroweCal McAffrey
Ben AffleckStephen Collins
Rachel McAdamsDella Frye
Helen MirrenCameron Lynne
Robin WrightAnne Collins (as Robin Wright Penn)
Jason BatemanDominic Foy
Jeff DanielsGeorge Fergus
Michael BerresseRobert Bingham
Harry LennixDetective Bell
Josh MostelPete
Michael WestonHank
Barry Shabaka HenleyGene Stavitz
Viola DavisDr. Judith Franklin
David HarbourPointCorp Insider
Sarah LordMandi
Tuck MilliganPointCorp Executive
Steve ParkChris Kawai (as Stephen Park)
Brennan BrownAndrew Pell
Maria ThayerSonia Baker
Wendy MakkenaGreer Thornton
Zoe Lister-JonesJessy
Michael JaceOfficer Brown
Rob BenedictMilt
LaDell PrestonDeshaun Stagg
Dan BrownVernon Sando
Katy MixonRhonda Silver
Shane EdelmanD.A. Purcell
Maurice Burnice HarcumBen’s Cashier
Cornell WomackJunior Detective #1
Nat BenchleyJunior Detective #2
Gregg BinkleyFerris
Trula M. MarcusCarol (as Trula Marcus)
Carolyn BarrettPolicewoman Escorting Della
Wil LoveIowan Congressman
David E. GoodmanGraves (as David Copeland Goodman)
John BadilaMr. James
Brigid ClearyMrs. James
Joy SpearsWaitress / Dancer #1
Brandi OglesbyWaitress / Dancer #2
Stacey WalkerWaitress / Dancer #3
R.B. BrennerGlobe Production Manager
Lucía NavarroTelemundo Reporter
Chris MatthewsMSNBC Reporter
Lou DobbsCNN Reporter
James Vance IIIReporter
Sharon DuganBusiness Woman
Noel WerkingBusiness Man
Rose ColemanJackie
Lee von ErnstICU Nurse
Richard RuyleKaraoke Singer
Stuart BrazellKaraoke Bar Hostess
Herbert GordonNews Reporter #1
Keith Anthony GarvinNews Reporter #2
Julie CareyNews Reporter #3
Eun YangNews Reporter #4
Denae D’ArcyNews Reporter #5
Natasha ChughtaiNews Reporter #6
Greg GrahamThe Wolf
Eric HatchPeter
Josh RhodesThe Hunter
Don AbernathyHospital Employee
Michael AlbanMan in Market Place
Tex AllenInvestigative Reporter
Parisa AmiraPedestrian
Woody AndrewsWitness
Kevin BangosForeign Press Writer
Scott BarryShopper
Nora BauerReporter
Ashley BellVoice (voice)
Christie BeranPedestrian
Robert BizikPhysician
Bill BlairNewspaper Employee
Michael BlumenstockCamera Man
Laura BryceShopper
Kyle BurgessCongressional Aide
Margaret CarlsonExtra
Juan Eloy CarreraWashington Lobbyist
Larry CarterSenator
Robert Randolph CatonWashington Attorney
Steve ClemonsExtra
Thomas Joe CraigManchester K-9 Policeman
Bruce Allen DawsonDetective
Paul DietzWaiter
E.J. Dionne Jr.Extra
Patricia DiZebbaSenate Staff
John DotyCommuter
Matt J. DoylePolitician
Richard El KhazenPatron
Francesca EllanaStudent on Metro
Lourdes FaberesReporter
Paul FahrenkopfHearing Attendee
Liam FergusonNewspaper Reporter
David FosterTV Cameraman
Alexis FowlkesGirl
Mariano GowlandNews Reporter
Eileen GrubbaPeggy
Marcus Nel-Jamal HammCapitol Police Officer
Frank HerzogCongressman Johnson
Ken HollidayPointCorp Executive
Carol IlkuReporter

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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