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A chronicle on the life and presidency of George W. Bush.

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Oliver Stone's biographical take on the life of George W. Bush, one of the most controversial presidents in USA history, chronicling from his wild and carefree days in college, to his military service, to his governorship of Texas and role in the oil business, his 2000 candidacy for president, his first turbulent four years, and his 2004 re-election campaign. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for language including sexual references, some alcohol abuse, smoking and brief disturbing war images | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£183,065 (UK) (14 November 2008)

Gross:

$25,517,500 (USA) (28 November 2008)
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According to James Cromwell (who plays George Bush Sr.), Oliver Stone originally offered the role to Warren Beatty and Harrison Ford. Interestingly, all three actors are known for their support of liberal political causes. See more »

Goofs

Due to his past history of alcohol abuse, President Bush quit drinking in 1986. Bush is seen drinking beer during his presidency, specifically during the "pretzel choking" scene and while watching baseball at the end of the film. He is actually drinking O'Doul's a non-alcoholic beer. However, when Bush Sr. is elected President in 1988, a perturbed W. is drinking "Near Beer." See more »

Quotes

George Herbert Walker Bush: If I remember correctly, you didn't like the sporting goods job or the oil rig job. Working in the investment firm wasn't for you either. That ranchette thing in Arizona, that sure didn't last long. Didn't exactly finish up with flying colors in the Air National Guard, Junior. We're still not out of that one. Now this gal Susie shooting her mouth off about you knocking her up.
George W. Bush: Wait a sec, how'd you know about that?
George Herbert Walker Bush: Word gets around, boy-o.
George W. Bush: That's a dang lie, Poppy. I use a condom, I'm not... ...
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, you see a Christian cross with a period. It morphs into the W-period logo of the movie. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Josh Brolin/Adele (2008) See more »

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Written and Performed by Harry Cohen
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Stone doesn't even make an effort.
30 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Oliver Stone doesn't even bother to make an attempt at creating a realistic portrayal of GWB's life. He simply reviewed a few relevant historical facts and conjures his mental image of how the instances must have unfolded and films it.

To be fair Josh Brolin does a better GWB impersonation than Will Ferrell but the script, as farcical as it is, is better suited to Ferrell's talents. The actors deserve credit for doing an admirable job in what can best be described as a Saturday Night Live version of the life of GWB.

Entertaining as fiction but don't take it as historical fact.

I am no fan of GWB but this film does not even attempt to make a fair portrayal of GWB's life.

I would write more but this film doesn't warrant the effort.


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