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Bush's Brain (2004)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 13 March 2004 (USA)
An examination of political consultant Karl Rove's influence on George W. Bush's candidacy.

Directors:

Joseph Mealey, Michael Shoob (as Michael Paradies Shoob)

Writers:

James C. Moore (book), Wayne Slater (book)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cathy Bonner Cathy Bonner ... Herself - Richards Campaign Official
Bruce Buchanan Bruce Buchanan ... Himself - Presidential Scholar, University of Texas
Max Cleland ... Himself - U.S. Senate, Georgia (D) 1997-2003
Shirley Cuff Shirley Cuff ... Herself - Proprietor
Robert Edgeworth Robert Edgeworth ... Himself - Professor of Classics, Louisiana State University
Kent Hance Kent Hance ... Himself - Bush's Opponent for Congress 1978
Bill Israel Bill Israel ... Himself - University of Massachusetts
Molly Ivins Molly Ivins ... Herself - Author, Political Columnist
Richard Leiby Richard Leiby ... Himself - 'Reliable Source' Columnist, Washington Post
Susie Lieseke Susie Lieseke ... Herself
Wade Lieseke Jr. Wade Lieseke Jr. ... Himself - Former Nye Co. Sheriff, Tonopah, NV (as Wade Lieseke)
Ken Luce Ken Luce ... Himself - Campaign Manager for Rick Perry
Garry Mauro Garry Mauro ... Himself - Former Texas State Land Commissioner
Chuck McDonald Chuck McDonald ... Himself - Former Richards Press Secretary
Dave McNeely Dave McNeely ... Himself - Political Columnist, Austin American-Statesman
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An examination of political consultant Karl Rove's influence on George W. Bush's candidacy.

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Taglines:

Who's really running the country? See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official Site | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

George W. Bush's Brain See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,927, 22 August 2004

Gross USA:

$177,485

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$177,485
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Company Credits

Production Co:

BeBe Films Inc. See more »
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Color:

Color
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Soundtracks

Good News
From the album "Deep Natural"
Available on Mighty Sound
Written and Performed by Michelle Shocked
Published by Campfire Girl Publishing
(ASCAP)/Administered by Bug
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Underhanded from the very beginning.
3 November 2004 | by Anonymous_MaxineSee all my reviews

I learned about Karl Rove when I read a book called 'Boy Genius: Karl Rove, the Brains Behind the Remarkable Political Triumph of George W. Bush,' so I already knew most of what Bush's Brain had to say, but I couldn't resist checking it out, since Bush makes himself such an easy target for attacks on his intelligence. In the wake of Bush's historic success in managing to win a second term as the United States President after being elected for the first time, it seems that we have not seen an end to documentaries like this, which are now coming in just about equal force from both sides. It's just too bad that both sides resort to dirty and often unfair and dishonest tactics, especially when they are accusing the other side of dirty tricks that they go on to use in that same movie (seen FahrenHYPE 9/11 yet? WOW).

Who is Bush's Brain focuses on the actions of the Bush administration that can easily be traced to someone other than George W. Bush. Karl Rove, who has run vicious and underhanded campaigns almost since the day that he became involved in politics, is clearly revealed as the power behind the throne, most disturbingly in a creepy dissolve from a smiling picture of Bush to a scary, sneering picture of Rove. He truly is a frightening man, even beyond his tactics.

This is an interesting political documentary that doesn't take sides as strongly as many others, although it is not ambiguous about its intent to portray a Bush as a puppet for other people, most notably Karl Rove and Dick Cheney, which is difficult to argue with given how the administration has been run so far. Unfortunately, the movie strays from its intent when it presents the story of a family of an American killed in Iraq. Tragic story and one that certainly holds merit and should be seen, but that's just not what this movie is about. We can make the connection to such stories after this movie tells us about who is really in charge behind Bush, we don't need it thrust in our faces.

That being said, as the mess in Iraq gets worse and worse and the President continues to ignore the escalating damage being done to that country as well as our own, it is interesting to wonder what kinds of documentaries will be released during his second term attacking his handling of that situation. For now, here are some theories as to where the real responsibility may lie.


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