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DC 9/11: Time of Crisis (2003)

This is the story of the days directly after 9/11, and the president's whereabouts.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Bottoms ... President George W. Bush
John Cunningham ... Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
David Fonteno ... Secretary of State Colin Powell
Gregory Itzin ... Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Condoleezza Rice
Stephen Macht ... Paul Wolfowitz
Mary Gordon Murray Mary Gordon Murray ... Laura Bush
Lawrence Pressman ... Vice President Dick Cheney
Scott Alan Smith ... Press Secretary Ari Fleischer
George Takei ... Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta
David McIlwraith David McIlwraith ... White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card
Myron Natwick ... Paul O'Neill
Allan Royal ... Karl Rove
Carolyn Scott ... Karen Hughes
Chuck Shamata ... Shelton
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Scheduled to air shortly before the second anniversary of the September 11 attacks, DC 9/11 takes an inside look at the Bush Administration, beginning with the day of the attacks, and following the President's journey to Ground Zero, culminating with his now famous national address nine days after the attacks. The film covers the many difficult decisions and tasks faced by the President and his staff as they were challenged by the possibility of the "first war of the 21st Century." Eschewing their own feelings and healing process, the President and his team instead tended to the needs of a wounded country. Based on real life accounts the docudrama will interweave actual footage from these haunting events. Written by Showtime Networks Inc.

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Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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English

Release Date:

7 September 2003 (USA) See more »

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The Big Dance See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Perhaps a bit of propaganda, but a good depiction of events
13 January 2004 | by ibscasSee all my reviews

First off, Timothy Bottoms does a great job as Dubya. In fact, all of the actors, except for the guy who play Colin Powell, looks very much and acts very much like their real counterparts.

While this film was very Bush-friendly, I think it was accurate. Bush is a caring man, you can tell by his whole emotion during 9/11 (not the movie, but in real life). Everyone wants to think he's this dopey guy who doesn't do anything at all and lets others make his choices. Dopey or not, he made it to Governor and President, he's not too dopey if he did that. Think its luck? Could you do it? Nope and neither could I.

That being said, this was a decent film for the fact that it was rushed out and not very high budget. It really stirred up some memories for me and brought me to tears a few times. The whole Iraq and WMD issues were there and were not painted as a conservative or liberal slant, I would say that it both supported and damned the Bush administration just as much as it supported and damned the liberal viewpoint on the Iraq war.

I never thought of Bush as a great president, but if the movie is really true to life, then I am wrong, he is a great president. He was portrayed as a president that takes action and has the country's best at heart. Did he pawn off some business rebuilding Iraq to some buddies of his, but what politician hasn't or wouldn't do that? If you think Clinton didn't profit or his buddies didn't profit during his administration then you are living in a dream world.

Anyway, I think it's worth watching this movie. In fact I would like to buy it. I'll admit that I'm a Bush supporter, but I'm also fair enough to recognize propaganda even if it supports my candidate. This is a bit of that, but since there were consultants for this film from both sides I believe that it's just like every other movie made, a bit of Hollywood, a bit of the producers politics and a bit of fact. Although I think it's mostly fact.


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