Fair Game

Fair Game

Doug Liman (2010)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Naomi Watts impresses, while the often impressive Sean Penn coasts, in this dramatised account of the Valerie Plame scandal. CIA operative Plame (Watts) had her cover deliberately blown by the Bush administration in 2003, apparently in response to a critical newspaper article about the reasons for invading Iraq by her ex-diplomat husband, Joe Wilson (Penn). The two-time Oscar winner hardly stretches himself as the outraged spouse whose piece "What I Didn't Find in Africa" - denying that Saddam Hussein had actually been trying to obtain uranium - put him on a collision course with a US government determined to go to war with the dictator. The movie's driving force is Watts, whose depiction of a professional spook attempting to negotiate a political minefield as well as hold her stressed-out marriage together is thoroughly convincing. Director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) contributes, too, by delivering a complex story that efficiently and seamlessly blends news footage with dramatic reconstruction. And the notion of the CIA being presented as hapless victims of White House chicanery is certainly a cinematic novelty.


Fact-based thriller set in the build-up to the Iraq war. CIA agent Valerie Plame's former diplomat husband is sent to investigate rumours of Saddam Hussein trying to buy radioactive materials. His discovery that no such materials exist is flatly ignored, leading him to publicly condemn the Bush administration's eagerness to wage war. However, their lives are endangered when Valerie's identity is leaked to the media. With Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.

Cast & Crew

Valerie Plame Naomi Watts
Joseph "Joe" Wilson Sean Penn
Sam Plame Sam Shepard
Bill Noah Emmerich
Jack Michael Kelly (2)
Jim Pavitt Bruce McGill
Scooter Libby David Andrews (2)
Fred Ty Burrell
Director Doug Liman
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Other Information

Language: English, French +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Mar 2011