A chronicle of 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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A life misunderestimated. See more »


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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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17 October 2008 (USA)  »

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$25,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,505,668 (USA) (17 October 2008)

Gross:

$25,517,500 (USA) (28 November 2008)
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According to screenwriter Stanley Weiser, Oliver Stone wrote Cheney's speech on empire in the film. See more »

Goofs

In the second scene, in the Oval Office, Toby Jones's character refers to "Roosevelt after Pearl Harbor," meaning FDR, but he pronounces "Roosevelt" with the "oo" sound as in "kangaroo." Theodor Roosevelt used that pronunciation, but his distant cousin, FDR, came from a branch of the family that pronounced the last name's o's as in "rose." See more »

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Reporter #2: How do you plan to change the school finance formula?
George W. Bush: I for one will not stand for the subsidization of failure. How do you know if you measure up if you have a system that simply
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George W. Bush: suckles them through.
Reporter #2: What about our failed schools? Do you think the state needs to take them over?
George W. Bush: More government's not the answer. We must have the attitude that every child in America, regardless where raised can learn. Rarely is the question asked is their children learning.
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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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What a Wonderful World
Written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss (as George D. Weiss)
Performed by Eddy Arnold
Courtesy of RCA Nashville
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Enjoyable, Provocative - Like Him or Not, W. is Us
15 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw W in a preview last night and overall found it engaging, provocative and, frankly, a bit eerie. Of course, because Mr. Bush is still in office, watching re-enactments of critical moments in his administration, still fresh in our memory, has a quality of watching an SNL spoof; one is always aware one is watching actors, and very good ones at that, play the parts of principal figures on the Bush team, leaving a viewer continually comparing the actors' portrayals, make-up, etc, with the real life figures we know from the news. In other words, the film never completely transcends the spectacle of its simulation to feel seamlessly naturalistic. This is hardly a fault of the film necessarily, only the curious timing of its making and release here in the waning months of the Bush administration. (Had the film been made several years from now, no doubt audiences would bring a different. more relaxed, attentiveness to it.) I won't spell out my conclusions on Stone's version of Bush - that for you to discover - however, I will say it is fully appropriate we allow our private and public preconceptions of Bush the man to be challenged and examined. There is more to be said about the man than merely we like or dislike him. After all, we put him in office for eight years, and that says a great deal about us as a nation.


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