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Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

A 2004 documentary movie direct4ed by Michael Moore.

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Utterly Brainless Tripe But Cleverly Compiled

  • Oct 28, 2004
I watched this at the invitation of someone who insisted I do so, saying it would convince me Bush was a disaster for the country. What I saw, instead, were Moore's usual diatribes, cleverly constructed to misrepresent the truth. We all know Bush was inexperienced in facing the camera during his early years in office and highly self-conscious about it to boot, all of which tended to make him smirk foolishly at inopportune moments, stumble haltingly over his words and look beseechingly around, as though seeking approval. Often he would pause in mid-sentence, as though painfully aware that his enemies were all around him, waiting for him to blunder. The resultant linguistic hesitancy he evidenced inevitably made Bush blunders a nearly self-fulfilling prophecy.

He came into office without a lot of seasoning and it showed, though he seems to have gained more poise as a result of his nearly four years in office under the relentless fire of a demonstrably partisan media and his equally partisan Democratic opponents. The result of his early lack of seasoning, of course, was that he provided the camera with plenty of footage that made him look and sound kind of dopey. Moore used whatever he could find of this footage, along with some of his own rather ingenious interviews and commentary, to construct a picture of Bush the fool, using innuendo and out-of-context shots to suggest corruption on Bush's part.

So Moore makes the case that Bush is laughably stupid and, at the same time, cynically conspiratorial. Of course, if he is that stupid how much danger can he present to us as a cynical conspirator? He's either Bozo the Clown or Machiavelli, but he can't be both. (Moore gets around this conundrum by suggesting Bush is really the puppet of other, even more nefarious interests, including the infamous Carlyle Group, an investment company in which his father and James Baker, his father's crony, have interests, and, of course, those sneaky Saudis.)

Adding a number of outright falsehoods for good measure (such as the claim that members of the bin Laden family were allowed to fly out of the U.S. unquestioned, when other planes were being grounded, immediately after 9/11 . . . definitively shown to be false), Moore shot a film that is highly entertaining but also demeaning to this nation and president. It's regrettable that he has such vitriol for his country or that he is unable to scope out a position of opposition based on fact and reasoned argument. But it's more regrettable that so many today have clambered on board his outrageous propaganda train and see nothing wrong with his distortions and misrepresentations and have even elevated him to a kind of cult icon. Lots of money in it for Moore, I guess, so he has, at the least, found himself another lucrative niche. But I'm sure the money isn't what interests him, right? He's in it for the betterment of society, isn't he, even if that means pushing the level of political discourse down into the gutter.

Well, thankfully, this is all just about over and we'll soon know who the country wants as president for the next four years. Unfortunately the odds are that Michael Moore is unlikely to give up this particularly profitable niche. So brace yourselves for more of the same from the man who told our friends in France that Americans are really stupid.

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review by . November 09, 2008
Fahrenheit 9/11
I avoided this documentary for quite some time, particularly due to all the hype over how powerful it was, and from other voices how lame it was. Well, I finally watched it to discover that I found it to be neither overly powerful or overly lame, but a fairly normal documentary put together much like others, focusing on the Bush family.     Ignoring the Republican/Democrat verbal boxing matches (lets face it folks, there is no discerning the two parties apart any longer, all …
review by . August 13, 2006
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I am not sure where to start with this movie, or this persuasive visually essay. After all, that is what it is. Anyone who states this movie is entire fact, despite political stripe, is really not being honest with himself or herself. Many of Michael Moore's arguments and positions on topics really follow a "1 + 1 = 3" formula. For instance Fahrenheit 9/11 opens with the Bush/Gore 2000 election. How different news channels weren't displaying solidarity with the results of the election. Then the …
review by . July 14, 2004
Pros: Plenty of verifiable facts to back his assertions.     Cons: Seen through a biased eye.     The Bottom Line: In the finally analysis Fahrenheit 9/11 is more then just another attempt by Michael Moore to shock us, it is an attempt to educate, to question, to enlighten us.      I should preface this review by telling you that I claim allegiance to neither the Democrat nor Republican Party’s. I am an Independent in my political affiliations …
review by . June 29, 2004
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review by . June 28, 2004
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review by . June 25, 2004
Pros: Good humor and interesting discussion topics abound.     Cons: Not always an objective look.     The Bottom Line: While not always objective, Moore has created a film that you simply can't forget.     Next to “The Passion of the Christ” no film has generated more controversy than Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11”. The film takes a highly critical look at the Bush administration, the War against Terror, and the …
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Starring Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder, George W. Bush, James Baker III
Directed by Michael Moore
Writer:  Michael Moore

Product Description
In the most provocative film of the year, Academy Award-winner Michael Moore presents a searing examination of the role played by greed and oil in the wake of the tragic events of 9/11. From Academy-Award winning director Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine). WINNER, Palme D'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival, BEST PICTURE. DVD features:

* "The Release of Fahrenheit 9/11" featurette
* "Iraq, Pre-War" featurette: The people of Iraq on the eve of invasion
* "Homeland security, Miami style" featurette: Footage of the old men who patrol the Florida coast lookng for terrorists as part of the homeland security plan
* "Outside Abu Ghraib Prison"
* Eyewitness account from Samara, Iraq
* "Lila, D.C.": Lila Lipscomb at the Washington, D.C. premiere
* Arab-American comedians: Their acts and experiences after 9/11
* Extended interview: More with Abdul Henderson
* "Condi 9/11": Condoleezza Rice's 9/11 Commission testimony
* "Bush Rose Garden": George W. Bush's full press briefing after 9/11 Commission appearance

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Director: Michael Moore
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Release Date: June 23, 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Michael Moore
DVD Release Date: October 5, 2004
Runtime: 2hrs 2min
Studio: Lionsgate Films
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