Fair Game

Fair Game

DVD - 2011
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A suspense-filled glimpse into the dark corridors of political power, and a riveting action-thriller based on the autobiography of real-life undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame, whose career was destroyed and marriage strained to its limits when her covert identity was exposed.
Publisher: [Canada] : Seville Pictures, 2011, 2010
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA FAI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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MichelleinBallard
Mar 08, 2019

This film, unfortunately, soft-pedaled the crucial role of the Israel-firsters in the drive to illegally invade Iraq on false pretenses in 2003. For example, the cowardly tool Colin Powell referred to the Zionist claque surrounding Rumsfeld as the "JINSA crowd" (JINSA=Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs) according to his 2006 biography, "Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell" by Karen DeYoung. In any case, this film still tells a compelling and important story.

In late 2018, "Fair Game" director Liman released a director's cut of the film on Netflix. I haven't seen it but I can see why he might be dissatisfied with the original release. This coincided with President Trump's decision earlier in 2018 to pardon I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a protege of Paul Wolfowitz and a key figure in the film. In real life Libby was convicted in 2007 of obstruction of justice, perjury, and making false statements in the Plame Affair.

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sabura
Jan 01, 2019

Outstanding movie tracing the Bush administration's deliberate exposure of Valerie Plame's CIA operative status, as well as some of the lies the administration fabricated in order to justify waging war on Iraq. Great performances and script.

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7626dee
May 10, 2018

What should have been a slam dunk given the subject material results in pure boredom due to a deeply flawed script and terrible editing/directing-don't know which was to blame. Story telling is an art form and this story should have flowed, the actors didn't have much to work with and seem somewhat bored with it all. Sean Penn had nothing to do and did nothing quite well. One piece of a giant mistake-deliberate screw up-and yet I felt no emotion when I should have been jumping up and down with rage. Staff meetings at the CIA are the most boring way to present this and please learn to separate the operators from the analysts/suits in the puzzle palace. The only part I could never understand is how Colin Powell could screw up so completely, but that would have to be another story as everyone knows Cheney/Bush were liars from the get go. Those hanging chads in West Palm Beach are going to haunt us forever.

Not my type of movie.

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jweiskc
Nov 29, 2017

An indictment of one of many treasonous acts by the Bush II administration.

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SandraLH
Jun 17, 2017

Riveting portrayal of real-life story of how several in our government turned on a good female CIA agent and ruined her career and turned her life and and her family's life upside down because her husband, a journalist, told the truth in an article during the time of the Bush administration's search for "weapons of mass destruction" that did not exist. These actions resulted in the disappearance and possible death of people in other countries with whom the agent had on-going missions. It was unfortunate that her husband didn't seriously consider how his actions might affect his wife's career and their lives before selfishly forging ahead and publishing his article to justify himself. However, the Wilsons did eventually persevere and the truth eventually came out after an official investigation. Real shame there are so many evil people in power in our government.

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gillythebetter
Jul 24, 2016

Starting as a spy thriller, it turns to focusing on life inside a media storm in Washington. The special feature is commentary by Plame and Wilson. I watched/listened to the whole thing again. Very interesting stuff.

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Twiggzette
Mar 16, 2016

Typical ultra-lib Hollywood garbage written by ideologically and politically challenged idiots. You can take all of the brains in Hollywood, cook them down into a DNA soup, and still not have enough intelligence to do anything really useful in the world.

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Monolith
Aug 06, 2015

I was shocked at the bonehead move journalist hubby made in being discreet w/wifey's career/identity at stake...

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rp3276
May 24, 2015

Hated it. Typical Sean Penn antigovernment movie. It was not for me......

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