State of Play

(DVD - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
State of Play

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The murder of an ambitious politician's researcher leads journalist Cal McCaffrey to uncover a complex thriller revealing the links between government and big business.
Statement of Responsibility: director, David Yates ; producer, Hilary Bevan Jones ; writer, Paul Abbott ; a BBC production in association with Endor Productions ; 2 Entertain
Title: State of play
Publisher: [S.l.] : BBC Video ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2008]
Edition: Widescreen
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (350 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Title from container
Originally broadcast on television in 2003
Special features: episode 1 commentary with Paul Abbott and David Yates; episode 6 commentary with Hilary Bevan Jones, Mark Day (editor) and David Yates
Credits: Music, Nicholas Hooper.
Performers: David Morrissey, John Simm, Bill Nighy, Kelly MacDonald, James McAvoy.
Summary: The murder of an ambitious politician's researcher leads journalist Cal McCaffrey to uncover a complex thriller revealing the links between government and big business.
System Details: DVD, widescreen (16:9 enhanced); Dolby Digital stereo., NTSC
Other Language: Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Subject Headings: Murder Drama Political science Drama Big business Drama
Genre/Form: Thrillers (Motion pictures, television, etc.)
Journalism films
Television mini-series-Great Britain
Television movies
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Fiction films
Feature films
Topical Term: Murder
Political science
Big business
Publisher No: 1000036405
ISBN: 1419865153
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE S
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Sep 16, 2014
  • harrybrowne rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Better than the Russell Crowe version, which was very good. This is a superb BBC drama about political corruption (nothing new here). Suspenseful and tense, it starts out fast paced and never lets up, yet stays coherent throughout. Brilliant script and outstanding acting. Especially John Simm, an amazingly versatile actor (see him in "Life on Mars" and "Exile") and the equally notable Bill Nighy (see him in "Page Eight"). James McAvoy is surprisingly effective. Musical score is good but often too intrusive.

Story is the same old, same old: The incestuous relationship between government, industry and lobbyists, with the complicity of the lapdog media (with rare exception).

P.S. Accents are thick but do not detract from the story.

Jul 08, 2014
  • jazeebelle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you enjoyed the Russell Crow american version you will really like this one. The original version is so much better than the american one. (as per usual) The plot line is juicier and the characters are more realistic and genuine. If you haven't seen the American version, skip it and watch this one instead. You won't be disappointed.

Mar 15, 2014
  • WordWoman007 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

What a terrific series! I recommend this highly. Bill Nighy gives one of his best performances, and the other actors are fantastic, as well. Enjoy!

Oct 01, 2013
  • ilove48whippets rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Well-done, very-interesting movie! I recommend it!

Sep 15, 2013
  • scrubble4 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It is so nice to watch something that with good acting and a strong story line. An enjoyable evening's watch.

Sep 02, 2013
  • deldiva rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Outstanding!! Awesome British mystery!!! It provided many twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. I hope there is a continuation of this series. Highly recommend!!!

Superb moving drama. Acting natural, understated, realistic. Facial expressions always excellent in British dramas. I don't even want to see the US version after this.

Jul 05, 2013
  • GEORGE STEPANENKO rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This original of the US motion picture sharing the same title is outstanding--everything the remake is not. The remake was OK, but, to its credit, it only had about 2 hours to tell the story that the BBC miniseries takes 3 times that to tell. But, that said, this is a video worth watching--and then watching again. The suspense is electric, the actors are terrific. Make sure you activate English subtitles, though, because the dialogue (which is great) can throw you. Some years back my wife and I noticed that, whenever, a reviewer called a book or motion picture "riveting," it was a total bust. State of Play is riveting in the best, true sense of that word.

Feb 25, 2013
  • Froster rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This fast-paced, hard-charging thriller has one so wrapped up in its superb cast and always-simmering plotline that one breathlessly goes from episode one through six in a sort of trance. It is only when one shakes it off does one realize “Whoa, wait a minute, THAT didn’t add up at all”. No matter. When you have Bill Nighy showing what the word “wry” means, a stunning Polly Walker and David Morrissey , a cast of youngsters that included Kelly McDonald and James McEvoy in break-out roles, and Geraldine James in a CAMEO, one can almost forgive some narrative incoherence. But even though it’s got wit, style and drama to burn…the denouement really makes no sense at all. Has anyone else noticed?

This movie was gripping. Such a full complex talented group of actors working brilliantly together. There are no big heads here. The story builds and you think you know what is going on then it builds some more. ending is unexpected. I highly recommend this.

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