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Death of a President (2006)

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Years after the assassination of President George W. Bush in Chicago, an investigative documentary examines that as-yet-unsolved crime.

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Gabriel Range
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hend Ayoub ... Zahra Abi Zikri
Becky Ann Baker ... Eleanor Drake
Brian Boland ... Larry Stafford
Michael Reilly Burke ... Robert H. Maguire
Patricia Buckley ... Dawn Newton
Seena Ghaznavi ... Samir Masri (as Seena Jon)
Robert Mangiardi ... Greg Turner
Neko Parham ... Casey Claybon (as M. Neko Parham)
Jay Patterson ... Sam McCarthy
Chavez Ravine ... Marianne Claybon
Christian Stolte ... John Rucinski
James Urbaniak ... Dr. James Pearn
Jay Whittaker ... Frank Molini
Patrick Clear ... Adam Brock
David Girolmo David Girolmo ... Spokesman
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Years after the assassination of President George W. Bush in Chicago, an investigative documentary examines that as-yet-unsolved crime.

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The Most Controversial Film Of The Year! See more »


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Rated R for brief violent images | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

21 December 2006 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

A Morte de George W. Bush See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$281,778, 29 October 2006

Gross USA:

$519,086

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$869,352
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Preexisting footage of President George W. Bush and CGI effects help to create the scenes of his assassination. See more »

Goofs

On the Michigan Drivers License, the address is listed on S. Ellis St. in Dearborn, MI. However, Ellis St. does not have a direction, and also runs East to West, not North to South. See more »

Quotes

Robert H. Maguire: Finding the source of the leak is the focus of a massive investigation.
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Referenced in An Interview with the Makers of Death of a President (2006) See more »

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A good film, don't let the title keep you away
29 October 2006 | by forindcineSee all my reviews

This film, Death of a President had been labeled "controversial" long before the product hit U.S. shores. British director and co-writer, Gabriel Range first introduced his film on U.K. television, and later at the Toronto International Film Festival where it won the International Critic's prize. This film has been given limited release in U.S.

This docudrama opens with preparation for a presidential visit and speech at a Chicago hotel. You get a glimpse of the president's speech writer and an individual heading the Secret Service as they position themselves and prepare to protect the Commander in Chief. You get brief looks at large groups of protesters waiting in the streets to welcome the President.

And just like the title says - the President dies. All that happens in the first 20-minutes. The remaining 70-minutes of this film carefully details the hunt and investigation to find the killer. The impact on two minority families who may or may not be associated with the event. You see how an ethnic group becomes suspect and how hundreds are picked up for questioning. You get a peek at how the world receives the event and how the current phrases "terror attack" and "Al-Quida" are tossed into the mix.

The film is frightening because each and every scene is plausible. It's tightly written, directed and edited. The actors, who range from a close assistant to the President and First Lady to a spouse who may never see their innocent partner again, are all excellently cast.

Contrary to popular belief, Death of a President does not advocate the killing of a leader; instead it takes a credible look at America and the possible events following such an occurrence.

Trust me - this one you don't want to miss.


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