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Fahrenheit 9/11

Fahrenheit 9/11

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Cast: Michael Moore, George W. Bush


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Directed by Michael Moore, whose aura of controversy only grew after his Oscar acceptance speech at the 2003 Academy Awards, Fahrenheit 9/11, like Moore's Bowling For Columbine and Roger & Me, promises to expose the corporate wrongdoings and big-money scandals perpetrated by America's financial elite. This movie, however, looks beyond the inner


Directed by Michael Moore, whose aura of controversy only grew after his Oscar acceptance speech at the 2003 Academy Awards, Fahrenheit 9/11, like Moore's Bowling For Columbine and Roger & Me, promises to expose the corporate wrongdoings and big-money scandals perpetrated by America's financial elite. This movie, however, looks beyond the inner echelons of General Motors and Lockheed Martin in hopes of outing the evildoers in the White House, particularly in regards to the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush. In addition to criticizing the administration's handling of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center, Moore digs deep into the surprising relationship with the Bin Laden family held by both Bush administrations, and questions whether or not potential Saudi involvement with the attacks has been ignored. As Fahrenheit 9/11's Cannes Film Festival debut approached, marking only the second time in 48 years that a documentary has been included among the festival's main competition, Miramax's parent company Disney announced it would not be distributing the film due to its partisan nature, and, according to Moore, out of trepidation that the Florida-based Goliath's multi-million-dollar tax breaks might be negatively affected by Florida Governor Jeb Bush, whose review within Fahrenheit 9/11 is less than favorable. ~ Tracie Cooper

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Those seeking a 126-minute raging tirade, whether to reaffirm their own feelings regarding the 43rd President of the United States, or of Michael Moore as a preachy leftist shill, will find themselves disappointed with Fahrenheit 9/11. While unabashedly edited to suit the conclusions that Moore has already reached, it is a far cry from being a personal vendetta. Rather, the film is a harsh indictment of the long-term results of corrupt business dealings and social injustice, and at the same time a tribute to -- and a rallying cry for -- the distinctly American souls trying to keep their heads above water in the face of it. At one point, Moore comments that immoral behavior can only breed more of the same, and that sentiment, more than anything else, is F9/11's underlying theme. The Bush administration and the obvious state of disconnect between themselves and the individuals they send to war are not portrayed as a two-dimensional evil force, but as the inevitable result of decades of immorality. Bush himself is presented as an incompetent but necessary cog in a machine much older and more insidious than he is, and while Moore does not pretend to give his audience a wholly fair look at the President, it is hard to imagine a context where an antiterrorism speech hastily delivered on a golf course seconds before Bush asks onlookers to "watch this drive" is anything other than cruel and insulting to the people who have suffered at the hands of war. Yet, the Democrats don't escape entirely unscathed -- in the film's chilling opening scenes, former Vice President Al Gore is met with applause after rejecting the heartfelt pleas of several Congress members to investigate the claims of disenfranchisement among African-American voters in Florida before legitimizing the 2000 election. The overwhelming amount of information and atrocities are held together by Michigan native Lila Lipscomb, who, reeling from the news of her son's death in Iraq, manages to communicate a leaden, all-encompassing sadness that scenes of war carnage, 9/11 families, and disillusioned soldiers were unable to express by themselves. Regardless of Moore's political leanings, Fahrenheit 9/11 puts a face on the "war on terror," and begs Americans to never stop questioning their government's proposals -- even when they come gift-wrapped in flags.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
Scalding and glib, derisive yet impassioned, Fahrenheit 9/11 is an intensely resonant piece of Bush-bashing, because it lets the president do most of the work.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
A compelling, persuasive film, at odds with the White House effort to present Bush as a strong leader.

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Weinstein Company
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[Wide Screen, Color]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Featurette: The Release of Fahrenheit 9/11; Montage: The people of Iraq on the eve of invasion; New Scene: Homeland Security, Miami style outside Abu Ghraib prison; Eyewitness account from Samara, Iraq; Extended interview: more with Abdul Henderson; Lila Lipscomb at the Washinton D.C. premiere; Arab-American comedians - their acts and experiences after 9/11; Condoleeza Rice's 9/11 commission testimony; Rose garden press briefing after 9/11 commission appearance

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fahrenheit 9/11
1. Start (Just a Dream?) [7:34]
2. Vacation [2:40]
3. Fahrenheit 9/11 [3:14]
4. September 11, 2001 [3:19]
5. In the Classroom [3:03]
6. Grounded [5:50]
7. Service Records [4:18]
8. Access is Power [4:39]
9. 9/11 Commission [4:34]
10. Saudi Embassy [4:01]
11. Going to War [5:29]
12. Target: The American People [6:33]
13. The Patriot Act [4:08]
14. "No One Read It" [3:45]
15. Securing the Homeland [4:31]
16. The Real Plan [2:51]
17. The Ultimate Rush [3:40]
18. Trust [2:21]
19. Iraq [1:27]
20. An Independent Media [2:12]
21. Street Clashes [2:47]
22. New Recruits [7:06]
23. Christmas Eve in Iraq [3:33]
24. The Backbone of America [3:06]
25. Frontline [4:46]
26. "It Pains Me." [5:28]
27. Why We Fight [7:45]
28. Congressional Recruitment [7:21]


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Fahrenheit 9/11 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While the seven minutes of Bush's 'deer in the headlights' look after being told of the WTC disaster is damning enough, I wish Mr. Moore could have also included the 20 minutes of 'photo op' Bush spent with supporters AFTER the 7 minutes! While our country burned, Bush 'fiddled'. F9/11 is a must see for anyone who cares about America.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If we didn't have Michael Moore, we would need to invent him. Instead of name calling and belittling those who disagee, as do the conservative talk shows do, he presents hard facts. This movie connects the dots and makes anyone who has the capacity to think, think!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Informative and entertaining. Over the top in places. When you aren't laughing, you're cringing at the thought that G.W. ever became President. The cool thing is that M.Moore cannot be sued for libel or slander because all quotes from G.W. are pulled from existing videotapes! Moore asks questions which every citizen should have been asking themselves the last four years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unlike the viewer who stated 'watch this movie if you have nothing else to do,' I strongly suggest that everybody make time to watch it even if you have several things to do. Not only is this documentary excellently produced, combining fascinating footage, a riveting plot, and amazingly apt song choices, it also provokes deep thoughts about the 43rd presidency and the general state of American culture. Fahrenheit 9/11 is entertaining as well as factual, combining elements of tragedy and comedy into a seamless whole. This movie should be required watching for every American, whether eligible to vote or not. Please don't pass up on this movie, and definitely watch it before the elections! It will help you make an educated decision and provide you hours of great entertainment and discussion.
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Shows everything that there was to show. From the Saudi control of 7% of the Econemy to their connections to the Bush's. The internal aspects of Both wars and the way it afftected small town AMerica. The biggets thing that the movie showed was the heart felt love that the majority of Americans had for Al Gore, the true peopl's President.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent movie that really is thought provoking. Provides a lot of information--both true and what seems to be perhaps speculation--but nonetheless really makes voters think in this upcoming election. VERY worthwhile to watch before November (especially if you want time to research all of the stuff from his documentary).
Guest More than 1 year ago
If anyone wants to become aware of what's going on in politics, this is the movie. This film uncovers many things that have been swepted under the rug, and how we Americans are being screwed. Very informative film. If this film is not enough to make you decide on who you want to vote for this year, you must be related to Bushs'. Dumb, Dumber, and Dumberer. Father, son, and you. Watch it; you won't regret. I guarentee you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film asks viewers to think and question status quo--any film that does that gets a thumbs up from me. Fahrenheit 9/11 in particular raises major issues that American people should be informing themselves on, regardless of their political party. Moore has taken a lot of heat, but it's misplaced. Approximately a dozen lawyers and fact-checkers hired by the film industry could not find any falsehoods within the movie; hence, the LACK of any kind of liable suits filed by an administration with the best lawyers on the planet. Hmmm. Think! It is NOT unpatriotic to question authority. In fact, you are socially obligated as a citizen of a FREE COUNTRY. Don¿t let those ¿Dixie Chic CD-Burners¿ tell you different! Take advantage of your freedom¿INFORM YOURSELVES beyond the mass media sound-bites and please do not forget to VOTE this November 2nd. It is your duty!!!!
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That's how I think Michael Moore looks at things... Mr. Moore is indeed "talented" and "creative" if those terms involve taking his views of matters and then cutting and pasting film into a collage that supports ANYTHING that he tries to "prove". However, after actually viewing this film, I then went on to view the Dick Morris film, "FahrenHYPE 911" to see what Moore's most outspoken critic had to say. [While that's something that most people I've talked to DIDN'T do, I try to view BOTH sides of an issue before I make up my mind about whom to believe.] Some interesting examples of Moore's "creativity" include the following facts "also shown on video/news clips that Michael Moore DIDN'T use, but EDITED OUT of his presentation...." 1. While showing President Bush's remarks about his "rich people" constituency, Moore DOESN'T show his viewers that AL GORE was seated directly to GWB's right, and a Catholic cardinal to the left of the podium, and BOTH men were laughing at Bush's jokes....By the way, the dinner at which these remarks were made is the ANNUAL Al Smith Children's Charity Dinner - attended by prominent members of BOTH political parties! 2. The footage of the soldier in the hospital and also the footage of the slaine military member's funeral WAS TAKEN WITHOUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE, PERMISSION OR ATTRIBUTION. In addition to this, NEITHER the "interviewed" soldier OR the family of the fallen soldier were given EVEN ONE RED CENT for the use of their pictures by Michael Moore! In both instances, these individuals learned that they had been included in the film AFTER it had been theatrically released - WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION. The hospitalized soldier learned of his inclusion in Moore's film when his friends started calling him "movie star"....and he didn't understand the reference until they told him about his "role" in the Moore film!! [These are hardly the actions of an ethical documentarian!] 3. In relation to the comment #2, Dick Morris re-interviews both the wounded soldier and the mother of the slain soldier whose funeral is shown in Fahrenheit 911, and gives them a chance to explain what happened regarding the full text of their "alleged" comments. aAlso, in the case of the bereaved mother, Morris gives her the chance to express her outrage that Michael Moore used footage from her son's funeral WITHOUT EVEN ASKING HER PERMISSION FIRST, and WITHOUT her knowledge! [Shouldn't this be deeply troubling to liberals claiming to respect an individual's right to privacy??] I defend everyone's right to free speech, but those who unquestioningly applaud Michael Moore's film should also take the time to see the "rebuttal film", FahrenHYPE 911. Freedom of speech has to apply to BOTH sides of the "argument", or it ISN'T FREE.....One-sided "freedom" is propaganda!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did see this movie in the theatre and have That being said, I'm not happy that the media tried to try people from seeing the other side to this movie Fahren Hype 9/11 as well as the blockbuster in my area that only had one copy. People need to see both sides to form a nonbiased opinion. That being said I have enjoyed Michael Moore's Tv Nation, The Awful Nation and his other movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who watches this film and still can agrue that it isn't what it is, make me sad. This film is for anyone who wishes to see what the 'powers at be' don't want you too. Mr. Moore didn't do anything here except piece together real footage of crime, people being killed, people making money over innocent peoples lives being lost, etc. Anyone who says different just wants to be 'just like these 'power hungry people'' within this film. Watch it with an open mind and then decide for yourself what you think of it. Just like any other movie. Expect this one is real. And very, very sad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this movie so much I went back to see it twice. Not only was it entertaining but it made me want to broaden my narrow perspective about the whole prosecution of this war. Additionally, it illuminate events that the mainstream media did not report on i.e. Bush's inauguration ceremony. Further, it provided me with a look at the human experience and consequences of this war as told by a mother who strongly believed in the war and a soldier interviewed by Moore. In short, it gave me a different perspective on the Iraq war that I would not have been able to gain by just reading newspapers. It's a must see for everyone even if you don't agree with Michael Moore.
DEMONTHE7TH More than 1 year ago
Moore makes some decent points in this movie about our government. Even if you DON'T buy into the whole bush/911 thing, there is a lot of solid proof packed in one movie that something scandolous in the White House has taken place (aside from Clinton and cheating, which btw, who cares?) Furthermore, it's interesting to see how are super smart president chose to take actions after he was informed of the tragedy. He didn't. He just a kept on reading to those little kids. If you noticed, no one was spitting out solid answers to his questions. It probably would have been better for someone to step in and say something if the guy wasn't hitting the nail on the head on any of his topics. Oh, and Bush wanted the war just so he could finish what ol' papa couldn't. Thanks for killing lots of innocent people to find those "weapons of mass destruction" that we found. Classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is a real eye opener as to how 9/11 events were handled months before the attack, during the attack, and after the attack. What makes this film stand out is that if you compare the information to the information in the Commissions Report on 9/11, you will find that Moore's facts in his film are correct. I encourage everyone to watch this documentary.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Moore brought the genre of comedy to the dying breed of documentaries. With this important film, Moore establishes the sinister implications of Bush's regime and its consequences. The film follows Bush, the Saudis, and others as they have wrecked our country, as scandal after scandal unfolds, until you finally ask, "Who really rules this country?"
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know where this un-American came from... and I don't care.. but to criticize people and tell lies like he has is just crazy! Look at the people who think he is telling the truth in this movie... their total IQ probably doesn't even equal that of a dung beatle. He has the same old rheotric about how Bush caused the planes to fly into the buildings... ho hum... more lies. How dumb does he think we are? Do you really think a President has that much power? Mr. Moore, you're an idiot, and deserve nothing more than to be put into a room with no escape with the likes of Susan "I hate America", Rosie "I'm a fat loser" O'donell or any other idiot that thinks Bush caused 9/11... Look at the truth... your precious Clinton had Bin Laden on a silver platter and said he didn't want to get his hands dirty with that mess... well, he sure as hell didn't mind getting his hands, and dresses dirty in the Oval office, now did he... if he had concentrated more on terrorism rather than fat interns, perhaps 9/11 wouldn't have happened. Go think about that, you fat loser!
Guest More than 1 year ago
And time has told us how truthful this movie is and the impact it will have on our lives forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm under the voting age but I was amazed at this film. Michael Moore dug deep into recent files and uncovered film and documents making the Bush Administration look like trash. President Bush has no idea on how to run the U.S. and he was exposed of that in Farenheit. Michael Moore had more guts then any other filmmaker in history, more than Mel Gibson when he released The Passion of the Christ. For anyone who hates George Bush and his administration or anyone who needs a reality check on this society, SEE THE MOVIE!!!! It woke me up and it will for anyone else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I consider my self a republican, and it is not that I`m against Bush or anything, in fact I dont like eather Kerry nor Bush, but anyway; this is a documentary that lets you see what the war was really about (not that is a big secret but still), corporate interest, money, and many many other things. My advise to you if you are willing to see it, is to take it as a source of information(even-though it is a persuasive anti-bush documentary), see what war is really about (no big secret there). As my personal opinion, many of the things in this documentary can be argued, and if you are a sensitive republican, or cant handle critics, dont even bother on seeing it; and like I said it is a great documentary, but I think bowling for colombine was way better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
and Michael Moore's docuementary is a compelling look at the lead up to that day and what happended after it, particularly with respect to the White House.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fahrenheit 9/11 This book is great for people that are in love with hating George Bush and the truth about him and his presidency. I think this book would be important if you cared about what happen September 11, 2001 because this book talks all about it. It tells you all about what happen with Bush his priorities and all his lounging around the country. And it even has secret documents about thing people from the White House said about what was going on. And it even has comics at the end making fun of George Bush during the election.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This documentary definitely showed me things I had not known of. It does reveal things the regular/mainstream news media did not and does not show and tell. Its gutsy and to the point. Plus Michael Moore does a great job here. I definitely recommend it for everyone, regardless of political affiliations and beliefs and I would recommend that people make some copies available to their local libraries.