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W. (2008)

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A chronicle of the life and Presidency of George W. Bush.

Director:

Oliver Stone

Writer:

Stanley Weiser
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Brolin ... George W. Bush
Colin Hanks ... Speechwriter #1
Toby Jones ... Karl Rove
Dennis Boutsikaris ... Paul Wolfowitz
Jeffrey Wright ... Colin Powell
Thandie Newton ... Condoleezza Rice
Scott Glenn ... Donald Rumsfeld
Richard Dreyfuss ... Dick Cheney
Bruce McGill ... George Tenet
Wes Chatham ... Fraternity Enforcer
Jesse Bradford ... Fraternity President
Sean Stone ... Fraternity Pledge #1
Ben Mayer Ben Mayer ... Fraternity Pledge #2
James Cromwell ... George H.W. Bush
Juan Gabriel Pareja ... Oil Worker
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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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language including sexual references, some alcohol abuse, smoking and brief disturbing war images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Appropriately for a film about a President who followed his father into politics, this film features many actors who followed their parents into show business and some of whom have Presidential connections. Josh Brolin is the son of James Brolin, who played Ronald Reagan in The Reagans (2003). Reagan was, of course, an actor who went into politics. James Cromwell is the son of John Cromwell, who directed Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940). Colin Hanks is the son of Tom Hanks, who is related to the family of Abraham Lincoln's mother (Nancy Hanks). The elder Hanks was also Oliver Stone's first choice for the role of Nixon (1995). Toby Jones is the son of Freddie Jones. Jason Ritter is the son of John Ritter. See more »

Goofs

Due to his past history of alcohol abuse, President Bush quit drinking in 1986. Bush is seen drinking beer during his presidency, specifically during the "pretzel choking" scene and while watching baseball at the end of the film. He is actually drinking O'Doul's a non-alcoholic beer. However, when Bush Sr. is elected President in 1988, a perturbed W. is drinking "Near Beer." See more »

Quotes

George W. Bush: [Looks around the countryside] I think we missed the side road!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.142 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Winging My Way Back Home
Written by James B. Coats
Performed by The Blackwood Brothers
Courtesy of Fuel 2000 Records
By Arrangement with Nola Leone / ACE Music Services, LLC
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Huge Stone Fan, but this is Stone at his lowest.
23 January 2009 | by leitner43See all my reviews

Preface: I'm a huge Oliver Stone fan. HUGE. I even wrote a 20 page paper on the relationship between Platoon and the American psyche regarding the Vietnam War. However, .... In his latest film, Oliver Stone forfeits the insightful, truth-driven film-making that has made him famous for normal, good ol' American profit-driven propaganda (if not tabloid fodder for the masses).

The representation of Bush and his actions border's on the absurd. I am no Bush fan, but this film seems to be nothing more than a means of gratifying all those who yearn for a simple movie that reinforces, rather than questions, all their ignorant beliefs about very complex issues. Example: Bush recklessly invades Iraq without any reservations. None. His rational, according to Stone, has more to do with his ego and his quest to prove himself to his father. Fact: Even Clinton voted for war in Iraq. The majority of leaders in the US thought that Iraq posed a legitimate threat.

The film's motto: "Hate Bush, and America is not to be blamed." That is exactly what the Germans did after WWII. As stated, I'm no Bush fan, but this film equates to political propaganda, and I reject propaganda, whether it is from Bush or from Stone.


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Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,505,668, 19 October 2008

Gross USA:

$25,534,493

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,560,587
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2.35 : 1
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