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Running Time:
120 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for violent and disturbing images and for language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A powerful and brilliantly executed indictment of the Bush Administration’s middle East policies before and after 9/11. It's a very biased but patriotic film, and Michael Moore's best yet.

Additional Info:
DVD 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 Washington D.C. premiere; Arab-American Comedians - their acts and experiences after 9/11; Condoleezza Rice's 9/11 Commission Testimony; Rose Garden press briefing after 9/11 Commission appearance.



Fahrenheit 9/11
This scathing political attack begins with shocking footage of how President Bush, a vacant, confused look on his face, sits reading "My Pet Goat," to a kindergarten class in Florida, for seven long minutes, after being told that America had been attacked on 9/11.

While Michael Moore refers to murky connections between the Bush and bin Laden families and cites Craig Unger's book "House of Bush, House of Saud," utilizing newsreel footage of the grim, sordid reality of war, showing dying Americans and Iraqis, and speaking with a few of the casualties in US hospitals who feel they have been betrayed. A sequence involving US troops ridiculing hooded detainees near Samara parallels the sexual humiliations that we have now seen in photographs taken at the same time at Abu Ghraib Prison. Finally, there's grief-stricken mother (Lila Lipscomb), reading a letter from her son, Marine Sgt. Michael Pedersen, who was killed in Karbala. He writes "He got us here for nothing whatsoever."

There's not a lot of new information in the film, but it's packaged in such a compelling way that it's bound to ignite considerable controversy and provoke extended discussions, and isn't that what a well made documentary should do? Supporters of George W. Bush will condemn this documentary but his detractors will cheer.






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