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1 November 2004 (UK) See more »
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its straightforward presentation makes it that much more absorbing... and frightening See more (7 total) »

Cast

 

George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)

George W. Bush ... Himself

Jimmy Carter ... Himself

Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage)

Ritchie Coster ... Himself - Narrator

Jerry Falwell ... Himself
Billy Graham ... Himself (archive footage)
Tim LaHaye ... Himself (as Reverend Tim LaHaye)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)
Pat Robertson ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Weyrich ... Himself

Directed by
Calvin Skaggs 
David Van Taylor 
 
Produced by
Lewanne Jones .... senior producer: archives
Ali Pomeroy .... producer
Charles Schuerhoff .... executive producer
Calvin Skaggs .... executive producer
Calvin Skaggs .... producer
David Van Taylor .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Morris 
 
Film Editing by
Pamela Scott Arnold  (as Pamela Arnold)
Sara Fishko  (as Sarah Fishko)
Jay Freund 
Cindy Kaplan Rooney 
 
Sound Department
Rick Dior .... sound re-recording mixer
Andrew Garrison .... sound
Katherine Gordon Miller .... assistant sound editor
Daniel Pagan .... supervising sound editor
Ali Pomeroy .... sound
Rob Silverthorne .... sound
Jeffrey Stern .... supervising sound editor
Bob Sullivan .... sound
Tony Volante .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Deborah Eve Lewis .... camera (as Deborah Lewis)
Steve Schecter .... camera
Brett Wiley .... camera
 
Editorial Department
Rebecca Arndt .... assistant editor
Steve Seng .... on-line editor
Don Wyllie .... on-line editor
 
Other crew
Jerret Engle .... interviews
Jerret Engle .... researcher
Bob Gill .... titles and graphics
Sophie Lam .... production office coordinator
Cara Leroy .... production office coordinator
Lynn Mirabito .... production office coordinator
Bennett Singer .... interviews
Bennett Singer .... researcher
Maura Wogan .... legal services
 
Thanks
Michael Cromartie .... special thanks (as Mike Cromartie)
Marc DeMoss .... special thanks
Valerie Merrill .... special thanks
Jesse Pomeroy .... special thanks (as Jesse Hart Pomeroy)
Carol Stertzer .... special thanks
Simone Van Taylor .... special thanks
 

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100 min
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Trivia:
Channel 4 in the UK broadcast this film on 1 November 2004, the eve of the U.S. presidential election, 2 November 2004.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features "The 700 Club" (1966)See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
its straightforward presentation makes it that much more absorbing... and frightening, 19 April 2010
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

For those looking for a much more in-depth analysis (like the filmmakers' previous mini-series on the Religious Right in party politics in America), this documentary might seem a little too short, or perhaps not focus quite enough on George W. Bush. But the film does work well at illustrating how deep the evangelicals have kept their fingers, more or less, into the American political system over the years. One sees how they tried to latch onto Nixon and how that (didn't) work, or how they wanted to cling to Carter until they realized (gasp) he was a democrat. More complex is how they had to go around with Regan, who promised some things but didn't deliver and whose vice president was a limp noodle who didn't really serve their interests once in office (albeit the religious right made up a lot of Bush Sr's vote in 88).

But then there's George W., who is, for all of his faults (and heck knows how many there are), a genuine believer in the faith, a Born Again who traded in his booze for Jesus and became the blessed figure for evangelicals who felt that politics were corrupted by Clinton. What the film demonstrates is this history as it unfolds from one administration to the next, going into Bush's and, in its presentation is just giving the facts as they lay. There isn't any of the muckraking of Moore's films, and it's not exactly a propaganda film for the religious right either (perhaps people like Falwell and Pat Robertson saw it was British-made and thought it was down the line as journalism). There may be some bias just by presenting the story as is, of the tortured relationship between those firmly in power in the government and those who preach and want their own moral code and laws put into practice.

How the film will play to the audience will depend on perspective. If you're on the left and have seen over the years what Bush did to the country and what kind of nutty (and often hypocritical) hold the religious right has on politics, then it will be seen that way. But there could be some right-wingers who watch the film and, if not 100% approve, then at least not foam at the mouth in bile like they do at a Moore film or other. It just presents the story, gives some of the pivotal figures their turn to speak (often in some really too-close close-ups), and how the tide has ebbed and flowed, and finally reached its peak with Bush and his "flock". It's competently produced and does its best to be fair and balanced, if ultimately showing, ultimately, how calculated and cunning the religious right really was and still is depending on the moment.

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