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W. (2008)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... George W. Bush
... Speechwriter #1
... Karl Rove
... Paul Wolfowitz
... Colin Powell
... Condoleezza Rice
... Donald Rumsfeld
... Dick Cheney
... George Tenet
... Fraternity Enforcer
... Fraternity President
... Fraternity Pledge #1
Ben Mayer ... Fraternity Pledge #2
... George H.W. Bush
... Oil Worker


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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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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Release Date:

17 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$25,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,505,668, 19 October 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,534,493, 4 December 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,434,429, 29 March 2009
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Josh Brolin, who plays George W. Bush, is the son of James Brolin, who played Ronald Reagan in The Reagans (2003). See more »


In the second scene, in the Oval Office, Toby Jones's character refers to "Roosevelt after Pearl Harbor," meaning FDR, but he pronounces "Roosevelt" with the "oo" sound as in "kangaroo." Theodor Roosevelt used that pronunciation, but his distant cousin, FDR, came from a branch of the family that pronounced the last name's o's as in "rose." See more »


George W. Bush: Who's ever remembered the son of a president?
Laura Bush: John Quincy Adams!
George W. Bush: Yeah, but that was like, three hundred years ago wasn't it?
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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 »


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What a Wonderful World
Written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss (as George D. Weiss)
Performed by Eddy Arnold
Courtesy of RCA Nashville
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Less about his presidency than about how he got there
18 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

Enter the theatre with the wrong expectations and you will be disappointed. I was excited to see the movie because I thought it would be a chronicle of George W Bush's presidency (2001-2008) as well as a biography of his life before assuming office. Unfortunately, the movie does not extend past 2003 and most of the screen time is given to his earlier life and his love/hate relationship with his father. Easily the most interesting scenes in the movie are the ones with him and his Cabinet. One significant flaw in the movie is the casting, particularly the ones for Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and George Bush Sr., who either do not have the proper voice (the former two) or bear any physical resemblance (the latter). Josh Brolin's performance in this movie is one of the best things about this movie and he should deserve an Oscar nod as he should have gotten for his outstanding performance in the Coen Brother's masterpiece No Country For Old Men. This movie could have been better had Stone waited for the real Bush to complete his presidency and then painted a complete portrait of his Presidency instead of just the first 3 years and if he had changed some of the cast around. The father-son relationship is interesting but becomes redundant. The writing, acting and craftsmanship are impressive, however. 8 out of 10.

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