Rent State of Play (2003)

4.2 of 5 from 109 ratings
5h 38min
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Synopsis:
Stephen Collins (David Morrissey) is an ambitious politician. Cal McAffrey (John Simm) is a well-respected investigative journalist and Stephen's ex-campaign manager. En route to work one morning, Stephen's research assistant mysteriously falls to her death on the London Underground. It's not long before rumours of an affair between Stephen and the assistant hit the headlines. Meanwhile a suspected teenage drug dealer is shot dead. Revelation upon revelation pile up in the aftermath of these two seemingly unconnected events, ultimately bringing to light shady dealings between the government and major corporate powers.
Friendships are tested and lives are put on the line as an intricate , web of lies unfolds.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Hilary Bevan Jones
Writers:
Paul Abbott
Studio:
BBC
Genres:
British TV, TV Crimes, TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, TV Political, TV Thrillers
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/04/2005
Run Time:
340 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Episode 1 Commentary With Paul Abbott and David Yates
  • Episode 6 Commentary With Hilary Bevan Jones, Mark Day and David Yates
Disc 1:
This disc includes episodes 1-3
Disc 2:
This disc includes episodes 4-6
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/10/2019
Run Time:
338 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Episode 1 audio commentary with Paul Abbott and David Yates
  • Episode 6 audio commentary with Hilary Bevan Jones, Mark Day (Editor) and David Yates
Disc 1:
This disc includes episodes 1 - 3
- Special Features
Disc 2:
This disc includes episodes 4 - 6
- Special Features

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Reviews (2) of State of Play

More like this, please! - State of Play review by DW

Spoiler Alert
07/04/2018

Bill Nighy recently said he went off acting some time ago but it certainly didn't show in his performance in this outstanding production. Effectively, it's a 6 hour movie that trots along at a furious pace. When you see realistically demonstrated political corruption you stop to think about what little we're told and how much we'll never know.

I enjoyed some of the leading actor's performances more than others and could have done without the sex scenes whilst accepting that they were part of the plot line. However, the support actors were all excellent and played fully believable roles superbly.

Watch it if you can, it's a good 'un!

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

average thriller - State of Play review by PV

Spoiler Alert
30/12/2007

Over-rated thriller, from a soap writer, but worth a watch. Starts well, with good set-up and acting. Disappointing ending though - all too convenient and pandering to TV ratings. It's being made into a film in Hollywood now by Brad Pitt - which may not necessarily be a good idea...

0 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

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