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The Hunting of the President (2004)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 23 January 2004 (USA)
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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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
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Himself (archive footage)
Sidney Blumenthal ...
Max Brantley ...
Himself - Editor-in-Chief, Arkansas Times
David Brock ...
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 ten-year campaign to destroy Bill Clinton. See more »

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23 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jagten på præsidenten  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,298, 20 June 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$376,552, 31 October 2004
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Co-director Harry Thomason previously directed Hillary 2000 (NY Primary) (2000) and Legacy (Bill Clinton Retrospective - 2000 DNC) (2000) which were both released in the year 2000, the same year that this documentary's source book "The Hunting of the President: The Ten Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton" by Joe Conason and Gene Lyons had been first published [See: Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton]. See more »

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David Brock: While they seemed like Bill Clinton was nice enough there was definitely a hatred for Hilary Clinton and a sense that they wanted to humiliate her by telling these stories.
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Too Much to Cover in 90 Minutes
4 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Another in a series of recent political documentaries that started with "Fahrenheit 911" and whose end does not seem to be in sight, "The Hunting of the President" is the least successful so far. While the film does have its moments, especially those that detail the brutalizing of Susan McDougal, the filmmakers try to squeeze too much into the short running time. Comments, images, and events flash by, especially towards the beginning, and left this viewer a bit confused. The clips from old movies, which I assume were for comic effect, could have been omitted as they only added to the clutter. Perhaps someone who has read the book would be able to follow the portrayed events better than someone who has to rely on their memory of newscasts from the period. While the film is definitely worth watching if for nothing else than as a history review, the talk given by President Clinton at the film's premiere, which is included on the DVD, is a concise and masterful lecture on political trends in American history and is more engrossing than much of the documentary. Mr. Clinton easily could pursue yet another successful career as a history professor


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