PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Thriller
CIA operative Valerie Plame discovers her identity is allegedly leaked by the government as payback for an op-ed article her husband wrote criticizing the Bush administration.
In the USA, the filmmakers took up residence in a sprawling former IBM office complex in White Plains, New York, that had been transformed into the offices of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) by production designer Jess Gonchor. Director Doug Liman said: "I decided to go even further with realism than I did with The Bourne Identity (2002). In this film, there would be no super-secret gadgets or satellites that can see through walls or anything like that. We've all been in government offices. We know the technology there is anything but cutting edge. The Bourne Identity exaggerated things, but here I was one hundred percent accurate."
Jessica McDowell, Gnosos Chemicals.
Chanel Suit: When do you leave Kuala Lumpur, Miss McDowell?
Valerie Plame: I fly to Taiwan Tuesday, then back to Düsseldorf.
The propaganda leaflets/pamphlets dropped by the helicopter in Baghdad is shown to have one side written in English and the other in Arabic, but the Arabic letters appear to be disconnected from each other. This might however be intentional because this mistake might have been done by the US army back in 2003.
Also in the closing credits, various letters are shown yellow, among the primarily white letters of the credits -- these letters seem to form a cipher code:
(the question mark at the fourth letter in the code is used instead of a letter, as one of the redacted surnames, as mentioned in another trivia item, is colored yellow)
Doug Liman re-cut the film for a "2018 director's cut" that runs about six minutes longer.
English, Arabic, French
CAD 94,782 (Canada) (7 November 2010)
$9,528,092 (USA) (13 February 2011)