6.4/10
6,534
122 user 124 critic

Death of a President (2006)

Trailer
0:57 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

Years after the assassination of President George W. Bush in Chicago, an investigative documentary examines that as-yet-unsolved crime.

Director:

6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Three actors learn that their respective performances in the film "Home for Purim," a drama set in the mid-1940s American South, are generating award-season buzz.

Director: Christopher Guest
Stars: Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Christopher Guest
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Brian and Charlie (B & C) work for a gangster. When the boss learns they want to "leave", he sets them up to be killed, after they help rob the local Triads of their drug dealing profits. B... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Lynn
Stars: Eric Idle, Robbie Coltrane, Camille Coduri
I Am Slave (2010)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A thriller set in London's slave trade and centered on a woman's fight for freedom.

Director: Gabriel Range
Stars: Wunmi Mosaku, Isaach De Bankolé, Lubna Azabal
Documentary | Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The life and career of the renowned stage magician turned scientific skeptic of the paranormal, James Randi.

Directors: Tyler Measom, Justin Weinstein
Stars: James Randi, Deyvi Peña, Penn Jillette
The Contender (2000)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Senator Laine Hanson is a contender for US Vice President, but information and disinformation about her past surfaces that threatens to de-rail her confirmation.

Director: Rod Lurie
Stars: Joan Allen, Gary Oldman, Jeff Bridges
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Karen O'Connor, a young journalist known for her celebrity profiles, is consumed with discovering the truth behind a long-buried incident that affected the lives and careers of showbiz team Vince Collins and Lanny Morris.

Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth, Alison Lohman
Code Unknown (2000)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Jean, a farm lad, wants to escape his silent father; he runs to Paris to his older brother, Georges, who's away covering the war in Kosovo. Angry, he throws a bag of half-eaten pastry into ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Haneke
Stars: Juliette Binoche, Thierry Neuvic, Josef Bierbichler
Bully I (2011)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.

Director: Lee Hirsch
Stars: Ja'Meya Jackson, Kelby Johnson, Lona Johnson
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A composite of three re-edited episodes from the 1952 TV series, Gangbusters, released to theatres in 1957 as a feature film. Gang Busters (1954) was a similar effort.

Directors: Richard C. Kahn, Bill Karn
Stars: Myron Healey, Jean Harvey, Paul Dubov
Death of a President (TV Movie 2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Pierre Aknine
Stars: Jean-François Balmer, André Marcon, Evelyne Buyle
The Day Britain Stopped (TV Movie 2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

One day in the near future, a rail strike, traffic congestion and a mid-air plane collision bring the UK's transport system to a halt.

Director: Gabriel Range
Stars: Tim Pigott-Smith, Eric Carte, Andrew Shield
The Man Who Broke Britain (TV Movie 2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A devastating terrorist strike wipes out much of Saudi Arabia's oil production; the same day a trader of Saudi origin disappears from UK investment bank Sun First Credit (SFCB). Managers ... See full summary »

Director: Gabriel Range
Stars: Dean Knowsley, Amani Zain
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Eleanor Drake
...
Larry Stafford
...
Robert H. Maguire
...
Dawn Newton
...
Samir Masri
...
Greg Turner
...
Casey Claybon (as M. Neko Parham)
...
Sam McCarthy
...
Marianne Claybon
...
John Rucinski
...
Dr. James Pearn
...
Frank Molini
...
Adam Brock
David Girolmo ...
Spokesman
Edit

Storyline

Years after the assassination of President George W. Bush in Chicago, an investigative documentary examines that as-yet-unsolved crime.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Do not rush to judge.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief violent images | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

27 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Morte de George W. Bush  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$167,000 (USA) (27 October 2006)

Gross:

$167,000 (USA) (27 October 2006)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The footage used from Dick Cheney's eulogy for Bush was actually edited footage from his eulogy at the funeral of former President Ronald Reagan in 2004. See more »

Goofs

The FBI Agent in charge, Robert Macguire, says the apprehended suspect, Frank Molini was 28 years old. His drivers license, which shows on the screen says he was born April 2, 1975 which would make him 32 in October 2007 when the movie takes place. See more »

Quotes

[end title cards]
Title card: One year after his conviction, Jamal Abu Zikri has still not been granted leave to appeal.
Title card: He remains on death row in Statevill Correctional Center.
Title card: Since recording the interview for this film Robert H Maguire has resigned as Head of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI.
Title card: USA PATRIOT III, introduced in the days after the assassination, has since been turned into permanent law.
Title card: It has granted investigators unprecedented powers of detention and surveillance, and further expanded ...
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Set aside the incendiary title... What remains?
9 October 2006 | by (Minneapolis, USA) – See all my reviews

"Death of a President" is a truly original and intriguing 'future documentary' about an event that hasn't happened yet. It is a reflection on the events surrounding the October 2007 assassination of George W. Bush in a Chicago hotel.

That future time is portrayed with an escalation of the anti-war fervor and a growing concern over the dangers posed by North Korea.

The film flips between staged scenes, real footage & documentary style interviews. It does a fine job of seamlessly blending those pieces to create a very plausible "precreation".

It is interesting watching this film on October 9th, 2006... a day which began with news of North Korea's first nuclear test. The first twenty minutes of the film are dotted with mentions of that scenario.

There are some chilling scenes in this film... especially early on, when you get a real sense of the protesters being contained and beaten down by Chicago police in full riot gear.

After a political speech in the hotel, the President is ushered down a standard meet-and-greet rope-line. It is at this point that the film lives up to its name. Shots are fired and one of the most frenzied scenes of any film this year ensues. Bush is thrown into a waiting limo, which speeds off to the nearest hospital. The crowd at the rope line is panicked beyond recognition. The FBI launches into gear. The media machine revs its engines. And the Chicago skyline lights the night air as an eerie sense of history-in-the-making takes hold.

Later that night, newscasters announce the death of George W. Bush and the film transposes into an FBI procedural... A virtual whodunit for us viewers. It feels very much like a David Mamet plot crossed with an Oliver Stone concept. It truly is a wonderfully imaginative idea played out with great skill and cinematic artistry.

***

OK - The secondary question in reviewing this film is this... Is it wrong? Is it morally questionable to have such a premise be the focal point of a film? Is it in bad taste?

Well, I have always been one to follow Roger Ebert's mandate that, "It is not always what a film is about, but how it is about it." I try not to pass judgment on the subject, but on the skill of the film itself.

However, this is a very brazen subject. Even for a Bush-hating liberal like me, this approaches the line, if indeed it doesn't cross it. It comes dangerously close to going too far.

That being said, I think it stops short of that line and delivers a legitimate scenario that merits people's attention. I believe this film earns the right to touch on this subject. It is a quality film and should not be thought of as a sensationalistic attempt to shock audiences.

***

Back to the plot... The film analyzes the hunt for suspects and forensic evidence. It follows the investigation all the way to a murder trial. I will not detail the story any further.

What this film does brilliantly is to shade the discussion toward issues like the Patriot Act, Homeland Security futility, the right to privacy, the right to a fair trial, and the apathy of the American public to seek truth and justice. It hints at Governmental manipulation, a wag the dog mentality. It tells personal stories of civilians and soldiers and suspects and Presidential aides. This film has a tremendously broad scope considering the budget.

"Death of a President" meanders patiently toward a conclusion you will probably not expect. This is a very thoughtful film that wants us to think carefully about the consequences of future terrorism. It asks us to contemplate the futility of such a crime and the repercussions it would have on future generations. In fact, it very much condemns this scenario as the worst thing that could happen.

I was riveted by this film. It is not just a scream for attention with a daring title. It has something very important to say and it says it very eloquently. That it dramatizes the assassination of a sitting President only adds to the palpable tension and urgency of its message. I think that "Death of a President" is one of the best and most important films of 2006. Go out of your way to see it as soon as you can!

© Written by TC Candler IndependentCritics.com


100 of 139 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Double Standard or what? EIABoy
Who is the best President? mhenson400
Great film... but I still can't believe many people. l33t3000
A very interesting film. Do they realize they made a horror movie? twmac
Discuss Death of a President (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?