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Nothing So Strange (2002)

A documentary examining the December 2nd, 1999 assassination of Microsoft CEO Bill Gates in Los Angeles, and the group of key players seeking to unravel the mystery of his alleged assassin ... See full summary »

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A documentary examining the December 2nd, 1999 assassination of Microsoft CEO Bill Gates in Los Angeles, and the group of key players seeking to unravel the mystery of his alleged assassin as well as the circumstances surrounding his death. Written by Sir Alan Smithee

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Bill Gates's spokesman has been quoted in several publications expressing that Gates is "disappointed" that someone would make a film about his death. See more »

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The credits are like that of a documentary. No actors are credited (people are thanked for "their participation") and Flemming does not take a writing credit. Flemming encouraged cast to use their own names as their on-screen character names, so that they would at least be mentioned in the credits. See more »

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Interesting premise
4 April 2004 | by (Woking, England) – See all my reviews

Nothing So Strange is based on the fictional assassination of Bill Gates, and the reactionary pressure group that afterwards demands "the truth". To be a believable portrayal, it needed to be a realistic fictional event, and came across as so.

This film created much controversy from the hand wringing classes, much of it presumably coming out of Microsoft itself via its media contacts. However, this misses the point.

This is an analysis of the dynamics of a group environment on the fringe left, in balance to Tim Robbins' political masterpiece Bob Roberts.

The excellent way in that real life meetings and press conferences were hijacked by this "mockumentary" to raise questions about this fictional event showed imaginative film making and, in the case of the Democratic National Conference, possibly even genius.

Definitely one to see, and as something new in film making, more of this needs to be encouraged.


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