Film: 2009: April: "State of Play"

Russell Crowe in "State of Play"

Release date: April 17, 2009
Genre: Political thriller

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

Directed by: Kevin Macdonald
Screenplay by: Matthew Michael Carnahan and Tony Gilroy and Billy Ray
Based on the BBC Miniseries Created by: Paul Abbott

Producers: Andrew Hauptman, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
Executive Producers: Paul Abbott, Liza Chasin, Debra Hayward, E. Bennett Walsh

(L to R) Newspaper editor Cameron Lynne (HELEN MIRREN) demands answers from reporters Della Frye (RACHEL MCADAMS) and Cal McCaffrey (RUSSELL CROWE) in a blistering political thriller about a rising congressman and an investigative journalist embroiled in a case of seemingly unrelated, brutal murders--"State of Play". Photo Credit: Glen Wilson Copyright: © 2008 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Movie Synopsis

Oscar® winner Russell Crowe leads an all-star cast in a blistering thriller about a rising congressman and an investigative journalist embroiled in a case of seemingly unrelated, brutal murders. Crowe plays D.C. reporter Cal McCaffrey, whose street smarts lead him to untangle a mystery of murder and collusion among some of the nation's most promising political and corporate figures in State of Play, from acclaimed director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland).

Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party's contender for the upcoming presidential race. Until his research assistant/mistress is brutally murdered and buried secrets come tumbling out.

McCaffrey has the dubious fortune of both an old friendship with Collins and a ruthless editor, Cameron (Oscar® winner Helen Mirren), who has assigned him to investigate. As he and partner Della (Rachel McAdams) try to uncover the killer's identity, McCaffrey steps into a cover-up that threatens to shake the nation's power structures. And in a town of spin-doctors and wealthy politicos, he will discover one truth: when billions are at stake, no one's integrity, love or life is ever safe.

(L to R) D.C. reporter Cal McCaffrey (RUSSELL CROWE) questions U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins (BEN AFFLECK) in a blistering political thriller about a rising congressman and an investigative journalist embroiled in a case of seemingly unrelated, brutal murders--"State of Play". Photo Credit: Glen Wilson

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