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Rated PG-13 · 129 minutes · 2008

Q: What was the root cause of this George W. Bush mess? A: A father complex. Director Oliver Stone and screenwriter Stanley Weiser (Wall Street) perform the same sort of narrative head-shrinking Stone used in his Nixon in order to explain W.’s rise from alcoholic C student ne’er-do-well to Leader of the Free World — he was spurred by resentment of his more accomplished dad (James Cromwell). The well chosen cast of characters have a field day: Ellen Burstyn (Barbara Bush), Elizabeth Banks (Laura Bush), Richard Dreyfuss (Dick Cheney), Toby Jones (Karl Rove), Jeffrey Wright (Colin Powell), Thandie Newton (Condoleezza Rice), Scott Glenn (Donald Rumsfeld), and especially Stacey Keach as the Texas preacher who helps Young Bush see the light. James Brolin outdoes himself in the title role as man out of his depth but striving to succeed. W.’s Triumph of the Will is our national shame (131 min.).
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Director: Oliver Stone
Writer: Stanley Weiser
Producer: Bill Block
Cast: Josh Brolin, James Cromwell, Ellen Burstyn, Elizabeth Banks, Toby Jones, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Scott Glenn and Ioan Gruffudd



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