Game Change (HBO)
From the best-selling book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, writer Danny Strong pulled out one of the most intriguing stories from the 2008 Presidential election. This HBO film details Sarah Palin’s run for the vice presidency as viewed from the perspective of political strategists who initially found her a bold choice for a troubled campaign. Subtly portrayed by Julianne Moore, Sarah Palin comes across as complex, determined and real. As the story unfolds, campaign strategists struggle to keep control of what is becoming a cascade of highly visible political mistakes. Through on-the-money writing and a combination of dramatic, humorous and documentary approaches, Game Change paints a vivid picture of rarely seen backstage political machinations and makes it all painfully believable. For telling an American story of the making and unmaking of this century’s most captivating vice-presidential candidate, Game Change receives a Peabody Award.
Executive Producers: Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Jay Roach. Co-Executive Producers: Danny Strong, Steven Shareshian. Produced by: Amy Sayres. Director: Jay Roach. Writer: Danny Strong (based on the book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann). Cast: Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Ed Harris, Ron Livingston, Peter MacNicol, Sarah Paulson, Jamey Sheridan, Bruce Altman, Colby French, Spencer Garrett, David Barry Gray, Brian Howe, Austin Pendleton, John Rothman.