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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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Poorly made, biased and meandering....and I hate Bush! See more (18 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
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80 min
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Poorly made, biased and meandering....and I hate Bush!, 26 September 2007
Author: excalibur212 from United States

This documentary was really a disappointment. I've been meaning to watch it for a while (even though it's all old news now) but was shocked at how uninformative it actually was. It basically meandered on in this "wild" allegation that politics are dirty and highly successful Republicans, namely Karl Rove, do whatever they can to get their candidates elected, including smear campaigns and so on. Well...DUH!??? What, have I been living in a bubble all my life? No kidding, Sherlock. I didn't need a documentary to tell me politics is a dirty game and there are many dirty players, especially the most successful ones. There was really very little specific information and virtually no hard evidence whatsoever. Don't get me wrong, I think Bush and Rove are a disgrace to our country but I can glean more from their slimy smirks on TV than I can from this loose documentary. It basically amounted to gathering everyone whom Rove has ever destroyed politically or personally in a room and having them lament (shouldn't this have been a lot more people?). It reminded me of the scene in JFK where Kevin Costner is in bed with his wife, and he sees the guy on a TV documentary smear him, and says "Oh look, there's the guy I sent up for murder!" The whole thing was just completely one-sided from people obviously very hurt personally by Rove, instead of a factual investigation into his many wrongdoings and an exploration of how he maintains and manipulates such control in the White House, which is what I was expecting from the title. The personal accounts really provided little insight. I also didn't appreciate the 20 minute lead-up since I thought this was his role in the Bush campaign and not what he was like in the 4th grade. It was all just very meandering and poorly thrown together, and very uninteresting. Anyone who's surprised by anything in this film has no idea how politics actually work, which sadly I suppose is most of our country who was obviously stupid enough to be manipulated by people like this....(twice!) And yes, the whole 10 minute diversion about "our son was killed in Iraq" was a stretch and totally out of context as an obvious sympathy ploy...and quite hypocritical considering it amounts to the same type of tears-and-eyebrows tactics the film chastises in regards to campaigning! A dirty trick I would expect from the likes of someone like Michael Moore, who is about as balanced as a see-saw but at least entertaining. This film was neither. Hence the 1 star rating. Bush is a puppet moron and Karl Rove is a master manipulator. But I already knew that. Maybe when this film originally came out, people didn't, but there's little to learn here. Hopefully a better documentary on how Rove/Bush really works(ed) exists or will come out in the near future...

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