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Writers:
James C. Moore (book) and
Wayne Slater (book)
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An examination of political consultant Karl Rove's influence on George W. Bush's candidacy. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Cathy Bonner ... Herself - Richards Campaign Official
Bruce Buchanan ... Himself - Presidential Scholar, University of Texas
Max Cleland ... Himself - U.S. Senate, Georgia (D) 1997-2003
Shirley Cuff ... Herself - Proprietor
Robert Edgeworth ... Himself - Professor of Classics, Louisiana State University
Kent Hance ... Himself - Bush's Opponent for Congress 1978
Bill Israel ... Himself - University of Massachusetts
Molly Ivins ... Herself - Author, Political Columnist
Richard Leiby ... Himself - 'Reliable Source' Columnist, Washington Post
Susie Lieseke ... Herself
Wade Lieseke Jr. ... Himself - Former Nye Co. Sheriff, Tonopah, NV (as Wade Lieseke)
Ken Luce ... Himself - Campaign Manager for Rick Perry
Garry Mauro ... Himself - Former Texas State Land Commissioner
Chuck McDonald ... Himself - Former Richards Press Secretary
Dave McNeely ... Himself - Political Columnist, Austin American-Statesman
Pete McRae ... Himself - Former Official, Texas Agriculture Department
Bill Miller ... Himself - Republican Political Consultant
Mike Moeller ... Himself - Former Texas Deputy Agriculture Commissioner
Jesse Oliver ... Himself - Former General Counsel, Texas Dept. of Agriculture
Tom Pauken ... Himself - Texas State GOP Chairman, 1994-1998
Chelle Lieseke Pokorney ... Herself (as Carolyn 'Chelle' Pokorney)
Ross Ramsey ... Himself - Editor, Texas Weekly
A.R. Schwartz ... Himself - Texas State Legislature 1955-1981 (as A.R. 'Babe' Schwartz)
Dee Simpson ... Himself
Glenn Smith ... Himself - Former Austin Bureau Chief, Houston Post
Jason Stanford ... Himself
Karl Struble ... Himself - Cleland Campaign Consultant
John Weaver ... Himself - Vice-Chairman, Clements Campaign, 1986
Joseph Wilson ... Himself - Former U.S. Chargé D'Affaires, Iraq (as Joseph C. Wilson)
Jacques Vroom ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lee Atwater ... Himself - Political Advisor to the First President Bush (archive footage)

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage) (as President George W. Bush)
William P. Clements Jr. ... Himself - Republican Challanger for Texas Governor (archive footage) (as Bill Clements)
Alan Dixon ... Himself - Illinois State Treasurer, 1970 (archive footage)
James C. Moore ... Himself - Co-author 'Bush's Brain' (as James Moore)
Fredrick E. Pokorney ... Himself (archive footage) (as Fred Pokorney)
Karl Rove ... Himself (archive footage)
Wayne Slater ... Himself - Co-author 'Bush's Brain'
Mark White ... Himself - Democratic Governor of Texas, 1983-1987 (archive footage)

Osama bin Laden ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Barbara Bush ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

George Bush ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Laura Bush ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gray Davis ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jim Hightower ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Saddam Hussein ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

John McCain ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rick Perry ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ann Richards ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Mealey 
Michael Shoob  (as Michael Paradies Shoob)
 
Writing credits
James C. Moore (book) and
Wayne Slater (book)

Produced by
Joseph Mealey .... producer
Elizabeth Reeder .... co-producer
Michael Shoob .... producer (as Michael Paradies Shoob)
 
Original Music by
David Friedman (music by)
Michelle Shocked (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Mealey 
 
Film Editing by
Tom Siiter 
 
Art Department
Chris Panatier .... illustration artist
 
Sound Department
Jeff Levison .... re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Trent Harris .... additional photography
Afshin Javadi .... additional photography
 
Animation Department
Cameron Teisher .... animator
 
Music Department
Tim Gennert .... musician: bass and organ
Tim Gennert .... recordist
Ernie Medeiros .... music recording assistant
Janet Robin .... musician: guitar
 
Other crew
Peter Broderick .... distribution consultant
D.R. Commander .... technical assistance (as Darrell Commander)
Janice Jaeschke .... research assistant
Daniel Linck .... marketing consultant
Elizabeth Reeder .... production attorney
Geoff Sloan .... researcher: teleclip
 
Thanks
Tom Aberg .... special thanks
Frank Carlos .... special thanks
Paul Cullum .... special thanks
Matt Dentler .... special thanks
Mike Donahue .... special thanks
Jerome Duboz .... special thanks: William Morris Independent
Cassian Elwes .... special thanks: William Morris Independent
Sandy Fellerman .... special thanks
Sam Fleishman .... special thanks
Shannon Grounds .... special thanks
Art Harris .... special thanks
Susan Hayden .... special thanks
Vickie Hoch .... special thanks
Andrew Jackson .... special thanks
Andrea Jones .... special thanks: Senator John McCain's Office
Mary Ann Mantoen .... special thanks
Joshua Marshall .... special thanks
Paul Maslansky .... special thanks
Dean Munyon .... special thanks
Laura Munyon .... special thanks
Rick Overton .... special thanks
Deborah Pitts .... special thanks
David Pugh .... special thanks: Wiley Publishing
Rena Ronson .... special thanks: William Morris Independent
Daniel Shaw .... special thanks
Bill Simmons .... special thanks
David Sokolow .... special thanks
Gary Tarpinian .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
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80 min
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Interesting subject matter, but a mediocre presentation, 4 October 2004
Author: FilmOtaku (ssampon@hotmail.com) from Milwaukee, WI

Before seeing 'Bush's Brain', directed by Joseph Mealey and Michael Shoob, and based on the book of the same title written by James C. Moore and Wayne Slater, I had heard the name Karl Rove, but never knew what his role in the Bush Administration was. After seeing 'Bush's Brain', I have a good idea of who he is and how he operates, which I think was just one of the objectives of the filmmakers.

'Bush's Brain' examines the rise of Karl Rove, Bush's top political adviser and the head of his presidential campaign. Before working for George W., he successfully engineered the campaign of several Texas politicians, leading up to, of course, George W. Bush's election as governor. The film briefly deals with his rise to prominence, and then spends most of its time focusing on three separate campaigns that Rove worked on. Rove is portrayed as an unscrupulous man who will stop at nothing to get his candidate elected; generally a trait that you would want in a campaign director, except through eye-witness accounts and interviews with former colleagues, we learn that this does not mean only engaging in legal or moral activities. We learn of how he orchestrated 'whisper campaigns' (most notably during John McCain's 2000 bid for the Republican nomination, something that really made me scratch my head, considering McCain's seeming undying devotion to Bush now) among other tactics for all of his successful clients.

Personal politics aside, when I went to see this film I was expecting more of a Democratic lean, just based on the title alone. The film did a good job providing seemingly factual information throughout, however the last segment of the film focuses on a family who tragically lost their son in Iraq. After making the case that Rove and Bush orchestrated the recent war, Mealey and Shoob throw in this segment for obvious emotional impact. It did, of course, but it was unnecessary and preachy. I feel that they did a good job making their case already. The filmmakers also insisted on telling us who each interviewee was throughout the film, so that was also a minor distraction.

'Bush's Brain' was an interesting documentary and certainly provided a lot of food for thought, but it wasn't as effective as it could have been. It is probably important viewing, mainly for the sake of the information provided, however. 5/10

--Shelly

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