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The World According to Bush (2004)

Le monde selon Bush (original title)
The 1000 days of George W. Bush's presidency from the 9/11 attacks to the iraqi quagmire. How a bunch of people influenced by neo-cons hawks took control of the US foreign policy.


William Karel


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Credited cast:
John Ashcroft ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Baer ... Himself
Tony Blair ... Himself (archive footage)
Antony Blinken Antony Blinken ... Himself (as Anthony Blinken)
Hans Blix Hans Blix ... Himself
William Boykin William Boykin ... Himself (archive footage)
George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Laura Bush ... Herself (archive footage)
Robert Byrd ... Himself (archive footage)
Frank Carlucci Frank Carlucci ... Himself
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage)
David Corn David Corn ... Himself
Arnaud de Borchgrave Arnaud de Borchgrave ... Himself
Viêt Dinh Viêt Dinh ... Himself


Who is Georges W. Bush ? This movie tells about the 1000 days of his presidency, from the 9/11 to the war in Iraq. It shows how is America today and tries to understand how a small group of people, under the influence of the neo-conservatives, took the control of the american foreign policy. Written by Pierrick Brochot

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"A scathing attack on Bush's first 1000 days in power" - HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


Documentary | War


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France | Belgium | Switzerland


English | French

Release Date:

27 May 2004 (Belgium) See more »

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€500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Cannes Film Festival organizers were keen to include this movie in the Official Selection but dismissed it when Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) by Michael Moore was selected. See more »


[first lines]
George W. Bush: To those of you who received honors, awards, and distinctions, I say, well done. And to the C students, I say, you, too, can be President of the United States.
Norman Mailer: We have the worst President in America's history. He's ignorant, he's arrogant, he's stupid in all ways but one: which is that he's immensely shrewd about the American people, particularly the less intelligent half of America. Because they're very happy with him in that they realize how stupid he is, and they say to ...
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Investigative Journalism at it's most riveting
1 February 2006 | by OttoVonBSee all my reviews

Michael Moore take note: this is how one makes a documentary. Proof that you can be objective and subtle and still produce a riveting piece of film-making.

William Karel, already director of "CIA: Guerres Secrètes", a fascinating account of the CIA from creation to present, now turns his sharp eye to the Bush Administration. The result is a seamless flow of confessions and archive footage, expertly edited together to make the decade's political thriller. The only unpleasantness derives from the fact that this is actually happening. Unlike Fahrenheit 9/11 who's good moments were scarce and far between, Karel's film holds to many bewildering moments to summarize in one review: from Robert Byrd's ignored plea before the senate to Jerry Falwell calling the Prophet Mohammet a terrorist, from the Carlyle connection to Perle's sly retorts, "Le Monde Selon Bush" keeps you breathless, baffled and ultimately angry.

Many topics are covered, among which America's eerie flirtation with extreme religion and an increasingly hostile and oppressive political climate (Viet Diehn, creator of the Patriot Act, even gets his say). No corny voice-over covers this story (save for a few scarce lines when we change locations). Many questions are asked, many frightening answers given. The main draw is that the number of questions dominates, trusting the viewer to ponder things. In times where the media appear to be so toothless, this film comes as a sobering and vital piece of journalism.

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