State of Play

State of Play

  • 2009
  • PG-13
  • 127 min
  • USA, UK, France
  • crime, drama, mystery

When a Congressman's assistant is murdered, a team of reporters join forces with the police to get to the bottom of the case. They delve into the politician's past to find answers.

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Writers: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Billy Ray, Tony Gilroy

Stars: Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Jason Bateman

A taut, well-acted political thriller, State of Play overcomes some unsubtle plot twists with an intelligent script and swift direction.

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  • Kevin Macdonald
    Kevin Macdonald
    Kevin Macdonald (born October 28, 1967) is a Scottish director, best known for his films One Day in September, State of Play, The Last King of Scotland and Touching the Void.

Main Cast


  • Peter Bradshaw (Guardian)

    State of Play rattles along very satisfactorily, and Crowe brings to the role a relaxed self-possession and even charm. | Full Review...

  • Wendy Ide (Times (UK))

    This is exhilarating, compulsive storytelling and looks likely to be one of the year's cinematic highlights.

  • Jake Wilson (The Age)

    State of Play succeeds as mainstream entertainment to the point where it hardly makes sense to complain about its pulled political punches. | Full Review...


Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Andrew Hauptman, Eric Hayes, Kwame Parker

Editor: Justine Wright

Casting: Avy Kaufman

Original music composer: Alex Heffes

Costume design: Jacqueline West

Executive producer: Liza Chasin, Debra Hayward, E. Bennett Walsh

Production design: Mark Friedberg

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 127 min

Country: USA, UK, France

Language: English, Cantonese

Sound Mix: DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

Color: Color

Also Known As

  • Los secretos del poder (AR)
  • Intrigas de Estado (BR)
  • Jeux de pouvoir (FR)
  • La sombra del poder (ES)