HBO's 'Game Change' Debuts March 10; Look at 2008 Presidential Campaign Stars Moore, Harris & Harrelson

Television
by Sophia Savage
February 27, 2012 7:46 PM
4 Comments
  • |

"Game Change" will debut on HBO March 10 at 9pm. The film, directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong (based on the bestselling book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann), stars Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, Ed Harris as John McCain and Woody Harrelson as McCain's senior campaign strategist, Steve Schmidt. The film co-stars Ron Livingston, Peter MacNicol, Sarah Paulson, Jamey Sheridan and Bruce Altman. The film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 campaign through the eyes of Schmidt, who was Palin's biggest supporter.

Synopsis and trailer below:

SYNOPSIS:

Aug. 2007:  Political strategist Steve Schmidt (Woody Harrelson) receives a call from his old friend, Arizona Senator John McCain (Ed Harris), who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, asking him to join Rick Davis (Peter MacNicol) as a senior campaign strategist and advisor.  In November, McCain wins the nomination.

Aug. 27, 2008:  Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his advisors Steve Schmidt and Rick Davis are faced with the task of finalizing his running mate.   With McCain trailing Democratic candidate Barack Obama in the polls, Schmidt believes they need to act boldly to win the race.  Schmidt and Davis think they’ve found a “game changer” with the relatively unknown but charismatic Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore).  Palin is brought to Sedona, Arizona to meet with Schmidt and longtime McCain aide Mark Salter (Jamey Sheridan).  Although there is little time for attorney A.B. Culvahouse (John Rothman) to properly vet Palin with the “Road to the Convention” rally imminent, Schmidt convinces McCain, despite Salter’s serious doubts, to go with Sarah Palin.  With the reception that Palin receives when she is introduced as the vice presidential candidate on Aug. 29, 2008, it seems they have made the right choice.  Palin electrifies the Republican base, turning the race around.

However, the pressures of the high-profile campaign begin to take a toll on Palin.  Nicolle Wallace (Sarah Paulson), who has the task of preparing Palin for her various television interviews, soon discovers she is dangerously inexperienced and uninformed about national and world affairs.  The staff’s tireless efforts to educate her, combined with two disastrous TV interviews, knock an exhausted Palin into a sullen funk that leaves McCain aides wondering about her overall health and ability to finish the campaign.

Concerned for his running mate’s well-being, McCain suggests that Palin and the group take a detour from the campaign trail and arranges for some much-needed R&R in the fresh air of Sedona in Arizona.  Here she is reunited with her family and careful strategies are put into place that will offer her a less stressful, more relaxed preparation for the upcoming debate.

Oct. 2, 2008:  To everyone’s relief, Palin delivers a strong debate performance, reviving her magnetic energy.  Emboldened by her growing popularity, however, she starts going off-script, publicly questioning political strategy and tapping into a wave of voter anger.  As a result, the campaign turns negative – a tactic McCain had been steadfastly trying to avoid.  When the race ends in Obama’s victory, Schmidt realizes that his eagerness to bring on a provocative yet inexperienced running mate may have reduced the margin of defeat, but in the process sacrificed principle.

You might also like:

4 Comments

  • GRACE | March 7, 2012 8:09 PMReply

    IT IS WHAT IT IS. SHE IS DANGEROUS, AND STUPID. ITS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. THEY ARE A TRAILER TRASH FAMILY.

  • Greg2 | February 27, 2012 9:00 PMReply

    I can't stand that woman.
    End the War on Drugs.
    End the Federal Reserve.
    Stop the policy of starting preemptive wars. We need a strong defense, not offense.
    Repeal the Patriot Act and Obama's National Defense Authorization Act.
    As Americans we can now be detained indefinitely, without lawyer, nor trial.
    Does this sound like America to you?

    Vote for Ron Paul 2012

  • casey | February 27, 2012 8:04 PMReply

    This movie is disgusting trash. Calling Palin insane and dangerous. Makes sense as it is a liberal democratic project made by people who all gave money to Obama. Strong, Moore, Harris, Roach are all major Obama fundraiseres and supporters. This whole movie is just a disgrace. It is all about extreme hatred of Republicans and democratic partisanship. The Hollywood Reporter and the new york daily news have all written about this extreme and agenda driven democratic hit piece.

  • Brandt Hardin | February 27, 2012 7:59 PMReply

    Everything about this woman is already fictitiously scripted. Every word that comes from her mouth is bought and paid for. I don’t know if HBO can Sell Sarah better than she sells herself. She’s cut-throat when it comes to her money and you can see just how scandalous she’ll get for the cash with The Ecstasy of Sarah Palin at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/06/ecstasy-of-sarah-palin_15.html Watch the cash reign down as she teases the public and bats her eyelashes for the green.

Free Indie Movies and Documentaries    

Email Updates

Most "Liked"

  • LISTEN: On KCRW's The Treatment, Mindy ...
  • Brad Pitt to Star in David Michôd's ...
  • Fox's Jim Gianopulos to Deliver USC ...
  • Pulitzer Prize Winners Unveiled
  • The Highs and Lows of the Meaningless ...
  • Watch: Highlights from Seth Rogen's ...
  • Box Office Top Ten: 'Captain America' ...
  • Career Watch: As 'Mad Men' Enters Its ...
  • Trailers from Hell on Controversial ...
  • WATCH: The 'True Detective' Parody to ...