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Bush's Brain (2004)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 13 March 2004 (USA)
An examination of political consultant Karl Rove's influence on George W. Bush's candidacy.


Joseph Mealey, Michael Shoob (as Michael Paradies Shoob)


James C. Moore (book), Wayne Slater (book)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cathy Bonner Cathy Bonner ... Herself - Richards Campaign Official
Bruce Buchanan Bruce Buchanan ... Himself - Presidential Scholar, University of Texas
Max Cleland ... Himself - U.S. Senate, Georgia (D) 1997-2003
Shirley Cuff Shirley Cuff ... Herself - Proprietor
Robert Edgeworth Robert Edgeworth ... Himself - Professor of Classics, Louisiana State University
Kent Hance Kent Hance ... Himself - Bush's Opponent for Congress 1978
Bill Israel Bill Israel ... Himself - University of Massachusetts
Molly Ivins Molly Ivins ... Herself - Author, Political Columnist
Richard Leiby Richard Leiby ... Himself - 'Reliable Source' Columnist, Washington Post
Susie Lieseke Susie Lieseke ... Herself
Wade Lieseke Jr. Wade Lieseke Jr. ... Himself - Former Nye Co. Sheriff, Tonopah, NV (as Wade Lieseke)
Ken Luce Ken Luce ... Himself - Campaign Manager for Rick Perry
Garry Mauro Garry Mauro ... Himself - Former Texas State Land Commissioner
Chuck McDonald Chuck McDonald ... Himself - Former Richards Press Secretary
Dave McNeely Dave McNeely ... Himself - Political Columnist, Austin American-Statesman


An examination of political consultant Karl Rove's influence on George W. Bush's candidacy.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

13 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

George W. Bush's Brain See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,927, 22 August 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$177,525, 31 December 2004
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BeBe Films Inc. See more »
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Too late!
15 November 2005 | by lulu18See all my reviews

Too bad this wasn't shown on television before the election. But then, again, never underestimate the power of the American electorate to be duped. Witness the bug the Republicans claimed was put in the Republican opponent's office before the election for Texas governor.

And I always thought Cheyney was the brains manipulating Bush. Whatever, it seems Bush has no mind of his own and is completely controlled by Rove! I remember Atwater repenting his deeds (but only after he was diagnosed with fatal brain tumor). His repentance was too late. Rove will never repent.

The saddest portion was the attack on Cleland by those who never fought in a war. That was really hard to watch. Not even McClain could save him from his loss.

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