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State of Play

PG-13| 2 hr. 7 min.

Plot Summary
Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is a rising star in Washington; handsome, unflappable and seemingly honorable, he's seen as his party's next presidential nominee. Until, however, his research assistant/mistress is found murdered and damaging secrets come pouring out. Journalist Cal McAffrey (Russell Crowe), Collins' old friend, must investigate the murder, and walks headlong into a massive cover-up involving some of the nation's most promising political and corporate figures.

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

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Genres: Crime drama, Thriller

Distributor: Universal Pictures

State of Play (2009)

Release Date: April 17th, 2009|2 hr. 7 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 30 )
  • Affleck may strike you as off-putting at first, hitting wrong emotional notes, but hang on. State of Play keeps the twists coming. show more

  • For about 115 minutes, State of Play tells an alarming, tightly constructed story, with serious things to say about journalism and the state of the country. The movie appears to be all but over - and likely to stand as one of the best films of 2009. And then the filmmakers add one last embellishment, and they blow it. show more

  • Intelligent and engrossing saga. show more

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  • August 26, 2010 mamawnebel
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    I loved this movie and have watched it at least 50 times. I'm still not clear about two things. One, when Cal found out that Annie knew So nja was getting paid the $26,000 per month Cal realized that Steven was the real guilty party. How did Annie know about this money? Two, who was the shooter going to kill at the end? I don't think he knew Cal would be at Steven's office. Does anyone out there have an answer for me. This is really bugging me. Thanks.

  • July 15, 2010 Serkan Colak
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    this movie was very cool!

  • September 01, 2009 NerdFiction
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    well what can i say

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