Palin movie coming to theaters this summer
May 25th, 2011
09:40 AM ET
10 years ago

Palin movie coming to theaters this summer

Washington (CNN) - A secretly-produced, $1 million feature film about Sarah Palin will debut next month in Iowa, a reminder that the former Alaska governor remains a very real factor in the Republican presidential nominating contest despite dismissals of her potential candidacy by GOP insiders.

The two-hour movie - the existence of which was first reported late Tuesday by RealClearPolitics and confirmed by CNN - is the work of conservative filmmaker Stephen Bannon.

Bannon was first approached by Palin and her staff after last November's midterm elections and asked to produce a series of videos that would highlight the former governor's record in Alaska, an attempt to recover her "maverick" brand and repair the political fallout from her decision to quit the governorship in 2009.

The filmmaker took the idea a step further. With editorial control and his own financing, Bannon produced a feature-length film taking a favorable look at Palin's rise to power in Alaska, her reform efforts as governor and her blockbuster entrance onto the national political stage as John McCain's running mate in 2008.

Quietly and with the help of Palin and her team, Bannon was granted access to key Palin allies in Alaska and a treasure trove of rarely seen footage, including images dating back to Palin's time on the Wasilla City Council, her first political office.

Palin and her husband Todd were given a private screening of the film last week in Arizona, CNN confirmed. The movie's title: "The Undefeated."

Palin has been relatively quiet as of late aside from a handful of Fox News appearances, but word of the film is sure to be a wake-up call to Republican operatives in Washington and in key early primary states who have largely brushed aside the possibility of a Palin presidential bid.

She is, her supporters argue, the only potential candidate with the kind of political muscle needed to skip some of the early nominating hurdles like network debates or the closely-watched Ames Straw Poll, and still join the presidential primary race in September or October with a credible and devoted grassroots following.

A Palin adviser re-affirmed to CNN Tuesday that she is still "seriously considering" a White House bid.

With the film's rollout certain to grab media attention, Republican candidates already in the race are likely to face questions about Palin as they ramp up their campaigns this summer.

Bannon told RealClearPolitics he plans to premier the film in late June in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa, followed by a promotional swing through the other pivotal states of New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.


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soundoff (167 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "Republicans elected one dim-wit by the name of W and now they'd really vote for another one named Sarah?'

    They love puppets.

    May 25, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. Jack

    It does not say how this will be released. In movie theaters? If so, who in their right mind will actually get off their behinds and fork out cash for this? If TV, it would be like one looooong infomercial. Sounds like one giant ego trip to me and I am afraid it may portend more of the same from candidates in the future. Then how to draw the line between fact and dramatizations? I think of all those people that see "JFK" and are now convinced of the conspiracy theory. The average American can be so gullible sometimes it is frightening.....

    May 25, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Psychologist

    What might she just do half way through the movie? Quit? Or is it another money-hungry venture to demonstrate to people who much 'proximity' she exhibits. The movie should be titled "Whoring for the Highest Bidder-How to Sell Your Unwed Pregnant Teenager Daughter to the Dumb and Paying Americans." Nailin' Palin would have been better although that's disgusting, too. Family of diots.

    May 25, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. GSMITH

    All you hateful liberal nobody's. I hope you are happy with high unemployment, high deficits, high gas prices, high inflation. And you call Sarah Palin stupid. What to you call Presiden Obama.

    May 25, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    A two hour movie on the life and career of Palin is too long...15 minutes of fame should be more than adequate.

    May 25, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Really???

    Bill DeCoty – How do you know Boehner is in the White House today?

    May 25, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    Glad to see someone has a million dollars to flush down the toilet on a glorified home movie: what do you plan to do to make Social Security solvent?

    *crickets chirping*

    Thats what I thought. If you want the office, do something or say something that makes you different form the other candidates, not just endless, rambling soundbites filled with snarky comments. If you can't do that and you love this country , admit it and get out of the way.

    May 25, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. pravaa

    For heavens sake, we are talking about the US presidency. An honor only 44 persons have ever had and one that comes with tremendous power and enormous mind numbing responsibility. And to think that this half brain cell nitwit is talked of as a possible candidate is embarrassing for the USA.

    May 25, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. RusTnuts

    I don't care if she is as dumb as a fence post. She would still make one tasty looking President. It's not like it takes a rocket scientist to do the job. Look at some of the past one's: peanut farmer, cowboy from texas, community organizer...

    May 25, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. K3Citizen

    Why would they make a movie about a quitter? She is one of the worst examples of American politicians!

    May 25, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. ThinkAgain

    @NJPat: How many other losing vice presidential candidates went on such an extensive personal money making campaign as this clown? Unbelievable that anyone listens to her.

    It's because she's physically attractive and claims to be a Christian, thereby giving permission to all the other hate-filled, hypocritical ignoramuses a platform from which to spew their nastiness and feel good about themselves.

    It has nothing to do with qualifications, integrity, intelligence or any other the other characteristics necessary to be leader of anything, let alone POTUS.

    May 25, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. mkjp

    if she even runs, she will toss her hat in the ring at the last possible second for one (or both) of two reasons:

    1. she can't handle interviews or debates because she is not intelligent, so she will want to skip as many of those as possible

    2. the election is still, what, 18 months away? if she officially started running now, she'd be quitting before election day given her past performance as governor.

    May 25, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. Pips

    Keep it coming! The more she is in the spotlight, the more people will stay away from voting Republican. Between her and them trying to take away Medicare and Social Security, they will have no one voting for them. Seniors are already ticked off and voting Dem now. Keep it coming!

    May 25, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. DisgustedinTexas

    We better take Palin seriously. Very seriously. She's a mentally disturbed woman that's backed by the Koch brothers and all their millions. There are enough religious zombies in the US to get her elected. She's their saviour. They will never believe the truth about her......that she's a lying, vindictive woman that will do anything to get elected. That includes tearing this country apart with more hate, rascism and lies. If you care for your country, work hard to keep this woman from being elected. You think we're in too many wars and the economy is bad now? Just wait and see what it would be like under Palin. Also, don't ever count her out. She will do anything to get elected and she has big money behind her.

    May 25, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Nick

    I thought she hated celebrities!!

    May 25, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. Marshall Nichols

    Why is it every time CNN reports on Sarah Palin the lead in is always "raises brows". CNN...shame on you. You have lost your objectivity

    May 25, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. Smeared lipstick on a pig

    Sarah it's not nice to steal the idea of making propaganda films from Adolf Hitler for the "little people" to bolster your cult of personality showing that you are just like one of us. Too late for that. I can see it now – all the "little people" lining around the block in those pockets of "rill America" to see a 2 hr. movie all about YOU. So Granny, when you become president are you going to make a "movie" and put it on Facebook every time you are forced to give a speech to the people? Will you be arguing with world leaders by tweeting? Will you and your secessionist shadow president be charging Americans for ruling the free world behind the walls of your air-conditioned compound in the desert? I suggest you might want to move to a cave. You might not feel as paranoid. Oh and don't forget to take your biggest worshiper and failed Hollywood screenwriter, Rebecca Mansour, with you.

    May 25, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. maine liberal

    the re-write of history begins "The Undefeated."
    i guess she actually won the VP slot over Biden

    May 25, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. The Other Campaign Strategist @ 115th & Amsterdam

    @ Patrick Donovan –

    She didnzlt spend the time from 2008 to 2011 correcting her glaring and obvious flaws.

    She might get the nomination but won`t carry the "conservative elitie" side of the GOP. She would limp to the general election.

    Your thought of another woman [like Nikki Haley] on the ticket is problematic because the other femme would overshadow SP and she couldn`t stand that. If she picked a radical female, well then it`s "down goes Fraizer".

    If the Dems position a smart accomplishe woman to run in 2016, the anti-Palin, they can hold the Presidency for 16 years.

    May 25, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. Mark

    Gee, and I thought she was going to do the remake of Bedtome for Bonzo.

    May 25, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  21. ThinkAgain

    @RusTnuts: President Carter earned a B.S. degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1946. In the Navy, he was chosen by Admiral Hyman Rickover for the nuclear submarine program; he took graduate work at Union College in reactor technology and nuclear physics.

    President Obama graduated from Columbia and Harvard, where he served as editor of the Harvard Law Review. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004.

    GW Bush barely made it through college, and "served" his country during the Viet Nam war, including an 18-month "lost" period (probably spent in an alcoholic fog). Drove a couple businesses into the ground, before being tapped by Karl Rove to be his puppet.

    So you're right about the last one: And it's that voting block of imbeciles that Palin is fishing for.

    May 25, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. Lost in Texas Forever

    @ GSIMITH.....I felt the same way about the people that bought "GOING ROGUE"
    but anyway to more important things
    Just think if during an election year that President and Mrs Obama released a cutsie movie about themselves, the kids and all their friends how it would be greeted by FoxNews and the far right..........

    EXACTLY!!!

    May 25, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. TPF

    I truly believe that we have lived enough of this nightmare and just wish that family would go away.

    May 25, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. tony

    Sarah is soooooooo good a "tweaking" those Liberals. Whenever she does something, "anything", they scurry around like cockroaches when you turn the lights on. Fun to watch and only verifies that they are very, very very scared of her. Keep it up Sarah.

    May 25, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. Amanda

    Palin is and always has been a joke. No one ever took her seriously, and she is the reason John McCain lost his bid for presidency. I would have voted for him if he had picked a serious running mate....

    May 25, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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