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


Oliver Stone


Stanley Weiser
4,852 ( 207)
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »





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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 »

Parents Guide:

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bush See more »


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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of three Oliver Stone-directed films (to date, August 2018) about an American President which has a title referencing the name of the American president who is the subject of the movie. The first was JFK (1991), JFK being an acronym for assassinated American President John F. Kennedy; the second was Nixon (1995), which is the surname or last name of American President Richard Nixon; and the third was W. (2008), a letter nickname referencing American President George W. Bush. See more »


While W. is watching a sports report in 2004, the anchor gives the score of Ohio State vs. Kansas in the Fiesta Bowl, and states that it was the national championship. The championship game that year was LSU vs. Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. Ohio State played Miami (FL) for the the title the previous year. See more »


Barbara Bush: Is he imbibing something I don't know about?
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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 »


Features NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (1970) See more »


The Whiffenpoof Song
Written by Tod B. Galloway (as Tod Galloway), Meade Minnigerode, and George S. Pomeroy (as George Pomeroy)
Performed by Collegians Male Chorus
Courtesy of Reader's Digest Association, Inc.
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User Reviews

Shock and Awful!!!
18 March 2009 | by spoons75See all my reviews

Being a Repulican I am always curious what the left brings out about some of our leaders. Some have done fantastic jobs in the past, but it does surprise me how far from reality "lefties" are straying...The saddest part about this movie is that most of the left will look at this movie as a TRUE Biography. This is probably the most pathetic version of the Bush legacy I have ever seen..It saddens me that a great director like Oliver Stone has sunk to the level of Michael Moore and made such a crap movie solely to get his own political agenda out!! What about making some "propaganda" films about his beloved Democrats who truly were spoon fed life like Al "I created the internet" Gore, or dare I say ANY of his beloved Kennedys!! You will never see this due to the fact any actor in Hollywood would never get another job for slamming "Demi's". As far as the acting while I thought all performances were not even close to the reality, I think Newtons portrayal of Condi Rice should offend anyone Left or Right...Stone took one the most powerful,intelligent, and articulate women of are day and made her into nothing short of a clown character and yes women to Bush. So to close I wish all reading this that you will take any movie coming out of Hollywood with a grain of salt, and see these movies for what they truly are....COMEDY!! P.S. It's easy to be a republican when almost ALL of Hollywood has a difference of opinion when it comes to my political views, due to the fact they do not live in our reality anyway!! Thanks for listening, and GOD BLESS America!!!

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