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W

DVD - 2009
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A look at the life of the 43rd president of the United States, from his beginnings as a privileged alcoholic to his becoming a born-again Christian whose belief in religious destiny helped move him to the top ranks of political power. How Christianity turned his life around, how he met and married his wife, and the days before his decision to declare war on Iraq are featured.

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Franln Jun 12, 2017

Josh Brolin does a spot on W & Thandie Newton's Condoleeza Rice is so good I didn't realize it was even her until the credits rolled. A very ambitions movie indeed.

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StarGladiator
Mar 15, 2014

Normally, I would never comment on this tripe, but since somebody else put it in que, this is obviously Oliver Stone's commercial moment. It was really Dick Cheney who utilized Christianity to get Bush elected: Cheney's godson, D.G. Gribbin IV, was field director of the Christian Coalition during the 1990s (now he's pushing the tolling of all American highways, and the privatization of those toll roads). The real story of Bush is that his entire military service is a complete and total fabrication: he washed out at the midway point during USAF enlisted basic training (4 weeks) then went home to his connected daddy who pinned officer's bars on his insipid shoulders. (We researched his background many years ago at the VVA [Vietnam Veterans of America], in case he ever ran for office. His ANG service record was fabricated just as he ran for governor of the Lone Star State. The only reason Bush is still married is that he's afraid of his wife, who reacted when she was dumped in highschool by her quarterback boyfriend by running a stop sign and killing him.

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Monolith
Oct 07, 2013

I won't share my opinions on Dubya as a person or a president, as I don't feel this is the proper forum for such. In regards to the film, I was left wondering what Oliver Stone was trying to say about the man. Were we to feel sympathetic to the fact that he wanted to step out of his brother's shadow, and make the old man proud? That he was a God-fearing good-ole-boy who should've stuck with baseball? Why did Stone deal with everything *but* 9/11/2001? It was a decent film, but not what I've come to expect from Oliver. Josh Brolin as W. and Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney were dead ringers, from my perspective. It just left something to be desired...

Quimeras Jun 20, 2012

It would be difficult for any movie to top the real-life events associated with this Bush administration. They were amusing (and disturbing) enough on their own. Therefore, although I found the storyline a bit slow for my taste, I did like the way the film captures the family dynamics and George W.’s very human struggle to find his place in this world.

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Gary Geiserman
May 13, 2012

Ollie got one part right and thother not. He showed this guy as he is, helping ma and pa America see what’s what. A double 9 in Japanese system: hates to lose, is selfish, gets stuck on particulars/can’t see whole, emotions of glass, social charmer, very very comfortable on camera, star. Mix these with a spoiled privileged birth, absent father, and most of all, the Ruling Class family machine ready to run him, finally. He just had to say ‘go’. Not stupid, as many would like to think, he had great memory for names and specifics but no concept of what anything meant. And he had Karl Rove who he called ‘genius guy’. He followed what he was told and outdid his father at last, so to speak.

Where Ollie failed is in the geopolitics, in understanding the purpose of the post 911 aggressions. He buys the party line of wanting to cement future success in a cross Asia oil pipeline and thus invading Iraq for no reason. While this is true, the real reason for such an outrageous Nazi-style attack was to give trillions of dollars to the oil industry corporations—Poppy’s fabulous rolodex. The private sector’s prime concern since 1776 has been to get into the hen house of the public sector’s tax monies. This has been the only reason for war for a long long time. War requires lies and this is costly. These days, however, virtually NO lies are even required. Americans, with the evangelical fascists in tow finally, can’t do ANY math. We don’t know what time it is. It’s overwhelmingly probably that 911 followed all the historical precedents (Pearl Harbor, Gulf of Tonkin, Phillipine War, et al) and was, at least, allowed, if not set up by the Bush group to green light what followed, including Patriot Acts, 1,2 and the ‘attack on credit’ that led to the greatest bank heist of all time. We didn’t need a ‘depression’ this time, the wealth stolen was so big—half the world’s money value. W was the ‘perfect President’. While Reagan started the right wing end-game move, W presided over the greatest wealth transfer“. W was the greatest President of all time! “JFK” was the best-made underground movie ever, but Ollie paid for it and has been cowed ever since. I’d love to do an all-night moon-howl with him—he is so smart and a fire personality himself. Not all of them are in as low a form as W, thank god. ......................... this project would have been much greater if a mini-series or longer tv show. Instead, it’s just an incomplete work at 2 hrs. But, I doubt Ollie would have wanted to hang around this horrid subject a minute longer. Josh Brolin was excellent (w/some fanny fat padding), Richard Dreyfuss disappointing as Cheney. Every now and again Ollie put in some hint of the brilliant genius sound design/w/video he originated in “JFK” and over-did in “Natural Born Killers”. The very last scenelet captures the W-guy right on the money—lost in a spectral fantasy forever; blinded by the light.

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stse88
Nov 13, 2011

Movie just walked through a lot of points from W's life. It doesn't bother too much with developing any insights to his character or why such a character would become the President of the USA. So don't bother if you are looking to learn anything. As an entertainment vehicle, it's boring. So don't bother if you are looking to be entertained.

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kwarah
Nov 12, 2011

Every tyrant rises to power shedding crocodile tears in the name of God & country, promising the salvation of a nation.
Once crowned the SELECTED privileged few, inherit & preserve the power in the family, transferred from generation to generation DISGUISED as "democracy".

The nation pays a very heavy price before questioning the integrity of the powerful privileged family.

This FILM makes you wonder, how does great nations fall at the mercy of incompetent & inept "leaders"?

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Cannes
Oct 26, 2011

I like him better now.

I laugh at the USA's holier than thou critics who rail against hardball tactics on one hand and scoff at paying high gas prices on the other. Hint: it's not going to get better.

PS Movie was better than I thought it would be but if you want more detail read a book.

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Mar 01, 2011

Josh Brolin
Elizabeth Banks
Ellen Burstyn
Richard Dreyfuss
Stacy Keach

The movie shows George W. Bush's struggles and triumphs; how he found his wife Laura, and his faith.

And illustrates the critical days leading up to his decision to invade Iraq.

So so movie; subject matter is not to my liking.

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sdlimbs47
Jan 29, 2011

I found this movie very informative - but not surprised considering the background of where he came from. As you gather I am not a fan of this person who has caused so much destruction.

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Jul 04, 2009

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Oct 07, 2013

George Herbert Walker Bush (to George W. Bush): "What are you cut out for? Partying? Chasing tail? Driving drunk? ...Who do you think you are -- a Kennedy?"

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