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Nothing So Strange (2002)

A mockumentary examining the December 2nd, 1999 assassination of Microsoft CEO Bill Gates in Los Angeles, and the group of key players seeking to unravel the mystery of his alleged assassin... See full summary »

Director:

Brian Flemming
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dave James ... David James (as David James)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Daniel Cade ... Mark Andersen
Juan Canopii Juan Canopii ... Juan Canopii
Keythe Farley ... Keith Charles
Douglas Glazer Douglas Glazer ... Dan Rivera
Valerie Gordon Valerie Gordon ... Valerie
Etana Jacobson ... Etana
Jennifer Lauren ... Jennifer Smith
Laurie Pike Laurie Pike ... Debra Meagher
Steve Sires Steve Sires ... Bill Gates
Sarah Stanley Sarah Stanley ... Julia Serrano
Philip Anthony Traylor ... Alex Hidell
Steve Wilcox ... Steve Martinez
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A mockumentary examining the December 2nd, 1999 assassination of Microsoft CEO Bill Gates in Los Angeles, and the group of key players seeking to unravel the mystery of his alleged assassin as well as the circumstances surrounding his death. Written by Sir Alan Smithee

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Seeking the truth behind the murder of Bill Gates See more »

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Drama | Crime

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Official Sites:

GMD Studios

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

MacArthur Park See more »

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Trivia

Shooting occurred at several real events, including meetings of the Los Angeles Police Commission and the 2000 Democratic National Convention (echoing Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool, a similar fiction/documentary film shot largely at the 1968 DNC). See more »

Crazy Credits

The credits are like that of a documentary. No actors are credited (people are thanked for "their participation") and Flemming does not take a writing credit. Flemming encouraged cast to use their own names as their on-screen character names, so that they would at least be mentioned in the credits. See more »

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References Medium Cool (1969) See more »

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Interesting premise
4 April 2004 | by Alex BrownSee all my reviews

Nothing So Strange is based on the fictional assassination of Bill Gates, and the reactionary pressure group that afterwards demands "the truth". To be a believable portrayal, it needed to be a realistic fictional event, and came across as so.

This film created much controversy from the hand wringing classes, much of it presumably coming out of Microsoft itself via its media contacts. However, this misses the point.

This is an analysis of the dynamics of a group environment on the fringe left, in balance to Tim Robbins' political masterpiece Bob Roberts.

The excellent way in that real life meetings and press conferences were hijacked by this "mockumentary" to raise questions about this fictional event showed imaginative film making and, in the case of the Democratic National Conference, possibly even genius.

Definitely one to see, and as something new in film making, more of this needs to be encouraged.


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