The Last King of Scotland director Kevin McDonald teams with screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan for this American adaptation of the hit British miniseries concerning the suspicious circumstances that set a rising congressman and a dogged reporter on a dangerous collision course. U.S. congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is handsome, unflappable, and ascending the ladder of power with unprecedented speed. He's the future of his political party, and as the chairman of a committee assigned to oversee defense spending, he's got all the right connections. As the presidential race draws near, Washington insiders begin to speculate that Collins will earn his party's nomination for the country's top job. The prospect of Collins becoming president seems less and less likely, however, when his research assistant/mistress is viciously murdered, and some unsavory truths begin to surface. Collins was once a close friend to Cal McAffrey (Russell Crowe), now a top reporter in the nation's capital. Assigned the task of investigating Collins by his ruthless editor, Cameron (Oscar winner Helen Mirren), McAffrey recruits fellow reporter Della (Rachel McAdams) in order to track down the truth and identify the killer. But McAffrey has just walked into a cover-up of unprecedented proportions, and in a game where billions of dollars are at stake, life, love, and integrity are luxuries that simply cannot be afforded.~Jason Buchanan
The Making of State of Play: Take a behind-the-scenes look at creating State of Play with director Kevin McDonald and cast members Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams
Matthew Michael Carnahan
Russell CroweCal McAffrey
Ben AffleckCongressman Stephen Collins
Rachel McAdamsDella Frye
Helen MirrenCameron Lynne
Jason BatemanDominic Foy
Jeff DanielsSenator George Fergus
Michael BerresseMichael Bingham
Harry J. LennixDetective Donald Bell
Viola DavisDr. Judith Franklin
David HarbourPointCorp Insider
Tuck MilliganPointCorp Executive
Stephen ParkChris Kawai
Brennan BrownAndrew Pell
Maria ThayerSonia Baker
Wendy MakkenaGreer Thornton
Michael JaceOfficer Brown
Ladell PrestonDeshaun Stagg
Alex HeffesComposer (Music Score)
Mark FriedbergProduction Designer
Kwame ParkerAssociate Producer
Debra HaywardExecutive Producer
E. Bennett WalshExecutive Producer
Liza ChasinExecutive Producer
Cheryl CarasikSet Decorator
Jacqueline WestCostume Designer
Jay WilkinsonSound/Sound Designer
Gary MarcusFirst Assistant Director
Dawn Massaro-AdamsSecond Assistant Director
E. Bennett WalshUnit Production Manager
Lisa LovaasCostumes Supervisor
Mark UlanoProduction Sound Mixer
Masanobu TakayanagiSecond Unit Director Of Photography
This is the first 2009 film release I have wanted to buy.
Bought it because I have been a fan of Russel'’s.
He did a great job with the character. Personal note, character first name is my father name is my fathers name. Wore blue shirts so same favorite color as my father.
Interesting story to follow. Just when you think you have the what is going on figured out it surprises you.
Helen did a good job even though her character basically just did 1 thing, get mad, say the new owners ONLY were interested in making money .
Now, you could see on the screen both Russell & Helen were perfect for their role, A list past Oscar winning actors.
Now, as we go. Affleck. Oscar winner but not for acting. He was ONLY passable IN THE ROLE OF THE Congressman. This role should have been given to another A list actor.
Robin, who starred in 1 of Russell's favorite films The Princess Bride you barely saw her & she could have phoned the role in, she slept walked through it.
It was disappointing this film did not do well at the box office. It should have.
As for the DVD. Nothing special about it. The HBO Making Of special & only 2 deleted scenes.
Yes, I know the film did not do well at the box office but it deserved a better DVD package.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
First, this BestBuy at Firewheel is great. I purchased 2 and I will tell you it's so much better than I could have imagined. Got one, or two!