The majority of the actors in the film were not told the premise of the movie. The working title for the film was "D.O.A.P.," and the actors were not told what the plot was, except for their specific scenes. See more »
The Army uniforms Casey Claybon and his brother are seen wearing in photographs have several problems; beret worn has a shoulder patch sewn on it instead of a beret flash, paratrooper's jump wings worn under the Combat Infantyman's Badge, he has a CIB, but no ribbons from his service in Iraq, wearing a "chocolate chip" Gulf War style BDUs that are not worn nowadays by US soldiers in Iraq, and wearing a woodland camouflage t-shirt - something never worn by US troops. See more »
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One year after his conviction, Jamal Abu Zikri has still not been granted leave to appeal.
He remains on death row in Statevill Correctional Center.
Since recording the interview for this film Robert H Maguire has resigned as Head of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI.
USA PATRIOT III, introduced in the days after the assassination, has since been turned into permanent law.
It has granted investigators unprecedented powers of detention and surveillance, and further expanded ...
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A Very Good Movie - And It Is Not Anti-Bush or Anti-American
Death Of A President is an excellent film and is in no way anti-American or Anti-George Bush. It has great cinematography, an interesting and very plausible story line, and exceptional performances. Whether you're left, right, center, or none of the above, this is a a very good film for the thinking movie-goer.
The controversy, of course, stems from the use of the current U.S. President as the victim of an assassination. The assassination scene itself flies by and can't be more than 2-3 seconds long, so fast, in fact, you can be forgiven if you miss it altogether. It's what precedes and follows that scene that is the meat of the movie. Film footage of Bush and other real political figures is spliced seamlessly into this film, and includes footage of Vice-President Cheney and Mayor Daley of Chicago. None of these real persons are in any way abused or mis-characterized in the film. And the portrayal of fictional FBI agents, Chicago Police officers, and White House and Secret Service officials is, if anything, mostly very complimentary to them. This film does not do a hatchet job on anyone
What the use of real characters in a fictitious scenario allows the film-makers to do is to let the movie-goer realize that real actions have real consequences. And by putting real persons into a totally fictitious plot the film-makers can develop an accurate scenario - something that still can't be done with the Kennedy assassination of more that 40 years ago. We can't present an accurate portrayal of that real event even now because of the doubts cast on the whole event by the actions of our own government. The USG botched the assassination investigation so badly with its lies of omission and commission, that we will probably never know that whole truth about what happened that day in 1963. With the fictional scenario of Death of a President, though, we know exactly how things play out.
Whether you are a President, an assassin, an FBI agent, or just a movie-goer, realizing that actions have consequences - often unforeseen consequences, of course - is something we all need to be reminded of from time to time.
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