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The Hunting of the President (2004)

Previously unreleased material outlines the campaign against Bill Clinton's presidency, from his days in Arkansas up to his impeachment trial.

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Narrator (voice)
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Himself - Investigative Reporter, Newsweek
Steve Barnes ...
Himself - Political Reporter
Paul Begala ...
Himself - Democratic Political Strategist
Richard Ben-Veniste ...
Himself - Former U.S. Attorney
Robert S. Bennett ...
Himself - President Clinton's Attorney
Carl Bernstein ...
Himself (archive footage)
Sidney Blumenthal ...
Himself - Author, The Clinton Wars
Max Brantley ...
Himself - Editor-in-Chief, Arkansas Times
David Brock ...
Himself - Former Investigative Reporter, The American Spectator
Dale Bumpers ...
Himself - Senator, Arkansas (archive footage)
Joe Cammerata ...
Himself - Paula Jones Attorney
John Camp ...
Himself - Investigative Reporter, CNN
Susan Carpenter-McMillan ...
Herself - Paula Jones' Advisor (archive footage)
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Himself - Democratic Political Strategist
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Storyline

Harry Thomason and Nickolas Perry's incendiary documentary, based on the best-selling book by Gene Lyons and Joe Conason, offers a glimpse at the genesis of these partisan vendettas and explores the myths and truths behind the nearly ten year campaign to systematically destroy the political legacy of the Clintons.

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The truth. The lies. The conspiracy. See more »

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Release Date:

23 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jagten på præsidenten  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$23,298 (USA) (18 June 2004)

Gross:

$376,552 (USA) (29 October 2004)
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Director Michael Moore has said of this documentary feature movie: "Stunning...shocking...I encourage everyone to see this film". See more »

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Narrator: After Davis and Camarada quit the case, her lawyers would be the Rutherford Institute headed by John Whitehead, who had long been affiliated with Jerry Fauldwell and the religious right.
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One of the Best Documentaries Ever Made
28 June 2004 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

The Hunting of the President is one of the best documentaries made. In what has turned out to be such a banner and distinguished year for documentaries, including Morgan Spurlock's "Super Size Me," Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11", as well as "The Control Room" and "The Corporation", this one stands out above the pack.

The film makes a step-by-step examination of the attempted character assassination on then Governor of Arkansas (and later current President Bill Clinton), from 1990, before his ascension to The White House in 1992, to the year 2000, when the investigations into Clinton's financial and personal affairs were basically over.

With its clear focus and incisive interviews with some of the key spinsters who worked both for and against Clinton at the time, this documentary makes you aware of the kind of back room wrangling and political positioning that goes on when the two main political institutions are vying for power and public attention.

The film does not use heavy handedness, at all, in its treatment of the subject matter. Instead, it is its real seriousness and mature focus on the topic at hand that provide the fuel and fire that lead you to its firm conclusions. This may turn-off some viewers, but no one will be able to deny the film's findings or minimize its well thought-out examination of past political goings-on.

This documentary, like Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11", is both instructive and historical and should not be missed by anyone. Overall grade: solid A.


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