Fahrenheit 9/11 Poster

Release Date: June 23rd, 2004

DVD Release Date: October 5th, 2004

R|2 hr 1 min

Plot Summary
Michael Moore's political documentary uses humor and connect-the-dots investigative journalism to question the Bush administration's motives for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The film argues that President George W. Bush and his inner circle used the media to further an agenda that exploited the 9/11 attacks. The close ties of the Saudis to the Bush family, the cynical profiteering of corporations and a political elite beholden to special interests are all cited as elements of a corrupt system.

Cast: Michael Moore, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder, George W. Bush, James Baker, Tom Daschle, Jeffrey Toobin, Al Gore

Director: Michael Moore

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Miramax Films, Dog Eat Dog Films

Distributors: Lionsgate Films, Fellowship Adventure Group, IFC Films

Keywords: Witty, Fascinating, Gripping, Transformation, 2000s, Passionate, Pursuit, Soldier

Ratings & Reviews

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  • At its best, Fahrenheit 9/11 is an impressionist burlesque of contemporary American politics that culminates in a somber lament for lives lost in Iraq. But the good stuff -- and there's some extremely good stuff -- keeps getting tainted by Mr. Moore's poison-camera penchant for drawing dark inferences from dubious evidence.

  • As a character assassin, Moore fails, because you can't kill anyone with contempt and sarcasm. And as an independent counsel prosecuting Bush for bamboozling America, Moore likewise misses his mark because many of the exhibits he offers as evidence are emotional rather than factual. show more

  • Moore stays "on message" here from first shot to last. There is no debate, no analysis of facts or search for historical context. Moore simply wants to blame one man and his family for the situation in Iraq the United States now finds itself in…So the real question is not how good a film is Fahrenheit 9/11 -- it is undoubtedly Moore's weakest -- but will a film help to get a president fired? show more

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