MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 533 this week

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R  |   |  Documentary  |  25 June 2004 (USA)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 105,946 users   Metascore: 67/100
Reviews: 1,411 user | 288 critic | 43 from Metacritic.com

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 09 Jan 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 30 Aug 2012
 
a list of 49 titles
created 09 Jan 2013
 
a list of 37 titles
created 04 Aug 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Fahrenheit 9/11" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Fahrenheit 9/11.

User Polls

29 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sicko (2007)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories.

Director: Michael Moore
Stars: Michael Moore, Tucker Albrizzi, Tony Benn
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good.

Director: Michael Moore
Stars: Michael Moore, Thora Birch, William Black
Roger & Me (1989)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing.

Director: Michael Moore
Stars: Michael Moore, Roger B. Smith, Rhonda Britton
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Director: Michael Moore
Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Footage from Michael Moore's 60-city tour of college campuses and other venues showcases what the filmmaker calls "the birth of a new political generation."

Director: Michael Moore
Stars: Michael Moore, Eddie Vedder, Robert Ellis Orrall
Super Size Me (2004)
Documentary | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month.

Director: Morgan Spurlock
Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Chemeeka Walker
The Awful Truth (1999–2000)
Comedy | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Activist film director Michael Moore hosts a show where he continues his crusade to expose wrongdoing by the high and mighty.

Stars: Michael Moore, Jay Martel, Gideon Evans
The Big One (1997)
Documentary | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

On his book tour, Michael Moore exposes more wrongdoing by greedy big businesses and callous politicians around America.

Director: Michael Moore
Stars: Michael Moore, Elaine Bly, Dan Burns
Documentary | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Award-winning director Yoav Shamir (Defamation, Checkpoint) sets out on an entertaining and insightful international quest, exploring the notion of heroism through a multi-faceted lens. ... See full summary »

Director: Yoav Shamir
Stars: Yoav Shamir, Philip Zimbardo
Documentary | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

From the Arab Spring to the American Autumn, director Joseph Quinn seeks to find out the origins of the Occupy Movement and shine a light on its long-term goals.

Director: Joseph G. Quinn
Stars: George Carlin, Deepak Chopra, Albert Einstein
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A documentary on Al Gore's campaign to make the issue of global warming a recognized problem worldwide.

Director: Davis Guggenheim
Stars: Al Gore, Billy West, George Bush
Food, Inc. (2008)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner
Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
James Baker III ...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
Tom Daschle ...
Himself (archive footage)
Jeffrey Toobin ...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Herself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
Byron Dorgan ...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
Edit

Storyline

Following up on 'Bowling for Columbine', film-maker Michael Moore provides deep and though-provoking insights on the American security system, the level of paranoia, fear, uncertainty, false values and patriotism, which all combined together to set a stage for George W. Bush to launch a war on Iraq instead of focusing on getting the real culprit(s) behind the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This documentary also focuses on how some Saudis were safely and secretly flown out of America while planes were ostensibly grounded after the attacks. Archived film footage, candid interviews with politicians, and an overall waste of public funds for a war that was initiated on false pretension to wit: a weapon of mass distraction - to take the focus away from the real enemy and get Americans glued to their TV sets to watch innocent Iraqis and Afghans getting killed. And a war that would eventually alienate the U.S.A. and it's citizens from almost every country on Earth. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Controversy...What Controversy? See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent and disturbing images, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

25 June 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fahrenheit 911  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$64,114 (Hong Kong) (15 October 2004)

Gross:

$163,920 (Hong Kong) (29 October 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 (1966), has voiced his displeasure at Michael Moore appropriating the title of his book. Mr. Bradbury, however, has written many works throughout his long and distinguished career that "appropriate" their titles from other authors' works. For example, Bradbury's novel Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) takes its title from a line from William Shakespeare's play "Macbeth," and Bradbury's short story collection (and included short story) Twilight Zone: I Sing the Body Electric (1962) take their title from a line in the poem "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman. His collection of poems and essays, 'Beyond 1984: Remembrance of Things Future' takes its title from George Orwell's '1984' and Marcel Proust's 'Remembrance of Things Past'. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Was it all just a dream?
Al Gore: God bless you, Florida! Thank you!
Narrator: Did the last four years not really happen? Look, there's Ben Affleck. He's often in my dreams. And the Taxi Driver guy. He was there too. And little Stevie Wonder, he seemed so happy... like, like a miracle had taken place. Was it a dream? Or was it real?
See more »

Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, there is a screen text shot that reads, "Do Something: www.michaelmoore.com" See more »

Connections

Featured in George W. Bush Battles Jesus Christ (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

The Washington Post
(1889) (uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played in the background at an American Legion scene
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A whirlwind tour of corruption and diplomatic deceit
29 June 2004 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

"Fahrenheit 9/11" is an important film, dealing in detail with the great issues of current American society, with a degree of skepticism that our newsmedia has proven entirely incapable of exhibiting in the last decade. Lone gadfly Michael Moore cannot singlehandedly reverse the effects of a servile corporate media, but he can -- and does -- fling it right back in their faces. Is it any wonder televised interviews with Moore have been less-than-cordial of late?

It doesn't matter. For a film like this, any publicity is beneficial, and Michael Moore has gone out of his way to thank his conservative detractors for their support.

As a movie, it's a whirlwind tour of corruption and diplomatic deceit at the highest levels of the industrial-political machine, mixed with direct examination of the lives of the "ordinary" people affected by the decisions of the aristocratic few. Much like a roller-coaster ride, it pulls you up the first steep incline with images of the 2000 presidential election followed by the major players in the bush administration getting ready for their performances, and then comes the first plunge: a stomach-wrenching drop into the black screen, with only the sounds of that awful day in September when "everything changed". Fade back in on the people of New York, confused, hurting, seeking their loved ones in the rubble.

From here on, there is no stopping for breath. We observe the flight of Saudi aristocrats who, but for their political connections, might have been held as material witnesses. Moore depicts vividly the links between the Bush family and their Saudi friends, one of whom (Prince Bandar) "earns" the Bush surname. On it goes, fact after fact after irrefutable and disgusting fact. Many of us entered the theatre thinking we knew the score, but seldom has an overview of each tree led to such a complete vision of the forest.

Along the way, we'll see behavior from members of the bush administration that cannot be described as flattering -- but once again, this isn't up for debate. It's the facts, it's what they themselves said. You can argue context, but the footage speaks for itself. And more than anything else, this is where Michael Moore proves he's grown as a director. No longer are his films chock-full of his narrative, he lets the evildoers hoist themselves on their own petards without as much overdubbed commentary. His statement rests in the overall structure of the film, rather than his usual assortment of shame-defying pecadillos and exposes.

Which is not to say that fans of his spirited antics won't have something to watch, as he drives around the capital building in an ice cream truck reading the Patriot act to the representatives who never bothered to read the legislation they passed, or chases after congressmen trying to get them interested in enlisting their children for a tour of duty in Iraq.

Aaah, Iraq. The second half of the film deals with the buildup to and execution of our current adventure in nation building. Iraq is shown with a brief clip from before and a whole lot of after -- with its people confused, hurting, seeking their loved ones in the rubble. Our soldiers are also given plenty of time on-screen, time to describe what it's like, time to proclaim the thrills, dangers, and ennui of life as an occupying army. Far from being unsupportive as claimed by its detractors, this film makes every effort to give the front-liners their say. Wounded soldiers are treated with no less compassion than the other victims in this film. And unlike the corporate newsmedia, Moore's cameras dare to follow the injured to the Walter Reed medical center and into their underfunded rehabilitation.

And it follows the heart of a patriotic woman from Moore's hometown of Flint whose soldier son makes the ultimate sacrifice for Bush's folly.

This is, above all, a sympathetic, patriotic and humanistic movie. Even its main star, George W. Bush, is given a measure of understanding. We understand that he is out of his league, unable to push for the appropriate diplomatic solutions with Saudi Arabia, forever beholden to the corporate interests that purchased his throne, barely capable of coherent thought, and not at all comfortable with the responsibilities of the presidency. He would far rather be golfing, or "lookin' for bugs", or hanging at fundraisers with "the haves and the have-mores"; the presidency is a burden he clearly cannot bear. He almost begs to be removed from office.

This movie has a lot more to say than any reviewer's encapsulation can convey. Ignore the naysayers who, in all likelihood, haven't even seen the film. Understand that the facts are the facts, the presentation is Mr. Moore's, and your opinion is your own.

My opinion: 10/10 -- If there's a documentary/editorial piece that could touch this one, I haven't seen it yet.


346 of 573 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why so few threads? joshuatreebje
Discuss Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page