State of Play


2h 7m 2009

Brief Synopsis

D.C. reporter Cal McCaffrey untangles a mystery of murder and collusion among some of the nation's most promising political and corporate figures. Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins 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, who has assigned him to investigate. As he and partner Della 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.

Film Details

Also Known As
Jeux de pouvoir, State of Play (Universal)
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Political
Thriller
Release Date
2009
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Washington, DC, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 7m

Synopsis

D.C. reporter Cal McCaffrey untangles a mystery of murder and collusion among some of the nation's most promising political and corporate figures. Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins 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, who has assigned him to investigate. As he and partner Della 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.

Crew

Paul Abbott

Source Material

Paul Abbott

Executive Producer

Leo Abrahams

Music

Keith Adams

Stunts

Keith Adams

Stunt Coordinator

Kimberly Aguirre

Accountant

Geoffrey Alexander

Original Music

Nick Angel

Music Supervisor

Ron Annunziata

Driver

Susan Antonelli

Key Costumer

Lenny Applefeld

Rigging Electrician

James Apted

Assistant Camera

Alana Aranki

Compositing Supervisor

Olivier Arnesen

Production Coordinator

Robert Arrington

Electrician

Chris Ashley

On-Set Dresser

Hank Atterbury

Special Effects Technician

Doreen Austria

Graphic Designer

Justin Babin

Grip

David Bach

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Bryan Badman

Gang Boss

Cheyenne S. Ball

Grip

Kadija Bangura

Wardrobe Assistant

John Barber

Grip

Shawn C H Baron

Rigging Grip

James Barrett

Rigging Electrician

Phil Barrie

Assistant Sound Editor

Sara Bartkiewicz

Assistant Production Coordinator

Robert Baumgartner

Gaffer

Ernest Belding

Location Manager

Derek Du Bellier

Propman

Craig Berkey

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Craig Berkey

Sound Effects Editor

Beverly Bernacki

Compositing Supervisor

Stuart Besser

Unit Production Manager

Tim Bevan

Producer

Jamie Bishop

Props Assistant

Adam Blantz

Sound

Ron Blay

Driver

Thomas Bloch

Music

Tim Blockburger

Assistant Director

Justin Blum

Grip

Ron Bolanowski

Special Effects Coordinator

Michael Bonewitz

Electrician

Chamonix Bosch

Assistant Director

Kristen Boule

Set Production Assistant

Sarah Bourgeois

Assistant Sound Editor

Siobhan Boyes

Post-Production Coordinator

Richard J Boyle

Grip

R B Brenner

Consultant

Jeff Bresin

Special Effects Technician

Martin Bresin

Special Effects Supervisor

Stacey Brown

Stunts

Thomas E Brown

Painter

Felicity Browning

Makeup

John A. Brubaker

Transportation Coordinator

Shane Buckallew

Plasterer

Randy Burke

Transportation Captain

Trey Howard Butts

Assistant Property Master

Jeanne Marie Byrd

Script Supervisor

John Caglione Jr.

Makeup Artist

Hector Canales

Rigging Grip

Cheryl Carasik

Set Decorator

Charisse Cardenas

Art Director

Jules Carideo

Production Coordinator

Julie Carideo

Production Coordinator

Robert J Carlyle

Construction Coordinator

Matthew Michael Carnahan

Screenplay

Bruce Carothers

Grip

Susannah Carradine

Art Department Coordinator

Chay Carter

Assistant

Christopher Casey

On-Set Dresser

Michael Castellano

Costumer

Carl Catanese

Art Department

Louie Cercedez

Rigging Electrician

Andy Chang

Compositing Supervisor

Olivia Doc Chang

Stunts

Liza Chasin

Executive Producer

George Chavez

Color Timer

Robert Cheung

Electrician

Johnna Chism

Assistant Sound Editor

Richard Chouinard

Transportation Co-Captain

Jeff Chumas

Stunts

Rosemary De Cicco

Painter

Rodney Cinkan

Gang Boss

Bob Clack

Props Buyer

Chan Claggett

Location Manager

Paul Clarvis

Music

Jocelyn Cleary

Assistant

Stacy Clinger

Painter

Jeffrey Coffman

Driver

Liisa Cohen

Stunts

Malika R Cohen

Production Coordinator

Mark Colbert

Other

Jesse Cole

Assistant Location Manager

Marcis Cole

Camera Operator

Doug Coleman

Stunt Coordinator

Paul Conti

Videotape Operator

Tianni L Craig

Office Production Assistant

Doug Cram

Compositing Supervisor

Mike Crane

Compositing Supervisor

Skip Crank

Property Master

John Crimins

Electrician

Charles Crivier

Dolly Grip

Chris Crivier

Best Boy Grip

Kyle D Crosby

Office Production Assistant

Steven Cueva

Assistant Camera

Christopher Cuneo

Propman

Tim T. Cunningham

Visual Effects Producer

Gary Dahlquist

Rigging Gaffer

Clayton Daily

Loader

Jamie Danesh

Assistant Location Manager

Tim Davies

Original Music

Theodore M Davila

Accounting Assistant

Darrell Craig Davis

Stunts

Holly Davis

Assistant Costume Designer

Joshua I. Davis

Rigging Electrician

Michael Davis

Construction Coordinator

Carlos De La Torre

Assistant Director

Tom Deane

Adr Mixer

Richard Denson

Driver

Joseph Dianda

Key Grip

Gabriel Diaz

Editorial Production Assistant

Judi Dickerson

Dialect Coach

Amina Allean Dieye

Set Decorator

Robert Dingle

Transportation Captain

Tyree Dingle

Driver

Mark Donaldson

Stunts

Brenda Donoho

Set Costumer

Chloe Dorigan

Assistant

Lois Drabkin

Casting Associate

Peter Dress

Assistant Director

Andrew Dudman

Music Engineer

Gary Duncan

Transportation Captain

Rome Duval

Propman

Brennan Dyson

Stunts

Tim Easthill

Finance Manager

Cate Eckenrode

Set Production Assistant

Martin Elfalan

Accounting Assistant

David B Ellis

Rigging Grip

Mark Ellis

Song

Jeannie Epper

Stunts

Peter Epstein

Stunts

Antonio Evans

Medic

Matt Evans

Assistant Editor

Devon Fairley

Driver

Mike Fantasia

Location Manager

Scott E Fao

Driver

Roy Farfel

Stunts

Kate Fasulo

Production Secretary

David Fein

Foley Artist

Eric Fellner

Producer

Frank Ferro

Assistant Director

Patrick D Fields

Grip

Jason Fischman

Casting Assistant

Carol Flaisher

Location Manager

Mark Fletcher

Graphic Designer

Robb Foglia

Script Supervisor

Tony Fonseca

Driver

Bob Foster

Transportation Captain

Geoff Foster

Recording Engineer

Scott Foster

Assistant Director

Adam Fox

Transportation

Michael Franco

Rigging Electrician

Jamie Franta

Grip

Isabel Freer

Assistant

Frank-joseph Frelier

Production Assistant

Mark Friedberg

Production Designer

Jeremy Fry

Stunts

Jay Galloway

Driver

Erick Garibay

Assistant Property Master

Naomi Gathmann

Costumer

Chris Geair

Assistant Location Manager

Michael Gearhart

Grip

Bill Georgiou

Special Effects Supervisor

Tony Gilroy

Screenplay

Christopher Glasgow

Best Boy Grip

Peter Gleaves

Adr Mixer

Eileen Godoy

Film Lab

David Goldsmith

Video Assist/Playback

Alfonso Gomez-rejon

Unit Director

Jarek Gorczycki

Best Boy Electric

Jarek Gorczycki

Rigging Electrician

Damond Gordon

Craft Service

Jeffrey Pratt Gordon

Props Assistant

Al Goto

Stunts

Greg Graham

Choreographer

Valerie Green

Assistant Art Director

John Grillo

Camera Operator

David Shane Guild

Rigging Electrician

Lisa Hagenmeyer

Assistant Location Manager

Jeanette Haley

Post-Production Supervisor

Ben Harper

Song

Ben Harper

Song Performer

Tarn Harper

Post-Production Accountant

Craig Harris

Rigging Grip

Tom Hartig

Boom Operator

Brian Harvick

Rigging Grip

Andrew Hauptman

Producer

Eric Hayes

Coproducer

Film Details

Also Known As
Jeux de pouvoir, State of Play (Universal)
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Political
Thriller
Release Date
2009
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Washington, DC, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 7m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video September 1, 2009

Released in United States Spring April 17, 2009

Based on the BBC television miniseries "State of Play" (United Kingdom/2002-2003) created by Paul Abbott.

Brad Pitt was previously attached to star.

Edward Norton dropped out of project due to scheduling conflicts.

Paramount paid seven-figures for the feature rights to the television show.

Project was included on the 2006 Black List.

Released in United States Spring April 17, 2009

Released in United States on Video September 1, 2009

Project was previously set up at Paramount with Scott Rudin producing.