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HBO movie shows Palin on verge of breakdown

Ed Harris plays John McCain and Julianne Moore is Sarah Palin in HBO's upcoming movie, "Game Change."

The full trailer for the upcoming HBO movie "Game Change" has been released, and Julianne Moore's portrayal of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is the focus. Palin fans are unlikely to approve.

In the trailer, John McCain (an amazingly good lookalike Ed Harris) is seen debating over his vice-presidential choice. Woody Harrelson, who plays McCain advisor Steve Schmidt, tells McCain the Republican campaign needs to "create a dynamic moment."

Then the campaign is seen calling Palin (Julianne Moore), who answers the call while clad in an Alaska sweatshirt in front of a kettle corn booth at the Alaska State Fair.

Palin's famed delivery of her hockey mom-pit bull joke is shown, as is her 2008 ABC interview with Charles Gibson where she announces that Russia can be seen from land in Alaska. The line was later infamously mocked by Tina Fey on "Saturday Night Live" as "I can see Russia from my house."

A disgusted Schmidt says, "Oh my God, what have we done?"

McCain's staffers are then seen scrambling to both keep Palin in line and prevent her from public gaffes, while she is seen defending herself and declaring she's not their puppet. Schmidt, meanwhile, declares that Palin is "on the verge of a complete nervous breakdown."

Palin is later seen smiling and whispering to Schmidt, "We have to win this thing. I so don't want to go back to Alaska."

The movie is based on the 2011 book, "Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime" by political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. While the book is not purely focused on the Palin campaign, the trailer never leaves it.

Co-author Heileman, who makes a cameo in the film, appeared on msnbc's "Morning Joe" Wednesday and called the movie "an incredibly balanced portrait (of Palin) ... you see the dark side, you see the light side." He also said "Julianne Moore is just going to blow everyone's mind as Sarah Palin."

"Game Change" premieres March 10 on HBO. Tom Hanks is an executive producer.

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