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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

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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)

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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9 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Underhanded from the very beginning., 3 November 2004
Author: Michael DeZubiria (wppispam2013@gmail.com) from Luoyang, China

I learned about Karl Rove when I read a book called 'Boy Genius: Karl Rove, the Brains Behind the Remarkable Political Triumph of George W. Bush,' so I already knew most of what Bush's Brain had to say, but I couldn't resist checking it out, since Bush makes himself such an easy target for attacks on his intelligence. In the wake of Bush's historic success in managing to win a second term as the United States President after being elected for the first time, it seems that we have not seen an end to documentaries like this, which are now coming in just about equal force from both sides. It's just too bad that both sides resort to dirty and often unfair and dishonest tactics, especially when they are accusing the other side of dirty tricks that they go on to use in that same movie (seen FahrenHYPE 9/11 yet? WOW).

Who is Bush's Brain focuses on the actions of the Bush administration that can easily be traced to someone other than George W. Bush. Karl Rove, who has run vicious and underhanded campaigns almost since the day that he became involved in politics, is clearly revealed as the power behind the throne, most disturbingly in a creepy dissolve from a smiling picture of Bush to a scary, sneering picture of Rove. He truly is a frightening man, even beyond his tactics.

This is an interesting political documentary that doesn't take sides as strongly as many others, although it is not ambiguous about its intent to portray a Bush as a puppet for other people, most notably Karl Rove and Dick Cheney, which is difficult to argue with given how the administration has been run so far. Unfortunately, the movie strays from its intent when it presents the story of a family of an American killed in Iraq. Tragic story and one that certainly holds merit and should be seen, but that's just not what this movie is about. We can make the connection to such stories after this movie tells us about who is really in charge behind Bush, we don't need it thrust in our faces.

That being said, as the mess in Iraq gets worse and worse and the President continues to ignore the escalating damage being done to that country as well as our own, it is interesting to wonder what kinds of documentaries will be released during his second term attacking his handling of that situation. For now, here are some theories as to where the real responsibility may lie.

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