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  • Language: Arabic, English
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NA6MQI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,500 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Product Details Language: Arabic, English Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews) ASIN: B000NA6MQI

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Bush's funeral occurs TEN days after his death.
J. Carpenter
I'm not a technical nit-picker, but when people who are really gone now show up in a film depicting events from this upcoming October, it can be a bit jarring.
Scot Carr
Although there are no overt statements being made, the general tone of the film is that these changes have not been for the better.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By B. Merritt VINE VOICE on April 16, 2007
Format: DVD
Finding out all of the angry press that preceded the release of DEATH OF A PRESIDENT, I just knew I had to see it. Unfortunately I couldn't watch it on a big screen, as Regal and Cinemark (the two largest cinema chains in the nation) refused to release it on their screens. In addition to this blow, the film was again hamstrung in its marketing department by CNN and NPR who refused to run ads. Politicians lambasted the film without ever seeing it, including (surprisingly!) Hillary Clinton who called it, "...despicable...", "...absolutely outrageous...", and "...evil..." To say that I was positively drooling to see it would be an understatement! And now that I've watched it I have to ask: What was all the hubbub about? Film makers have made projects with far less taste and were much more politically charged than this mock shockumentary. The most interesting fact is that the film doesn't take a political stance (neither left nor right) but simply explores what might happen if President Bush were assassinated. The phony documentary excellently utilizes stock news footage mixed with CGI and fictional characters/situations. Trying to tell what's real and what's "inserted" is impossible, which bumps this film up a notch in terms of entertainment.

Watching Dick Cheney give a eulogy for 'Dubya' was impressive, too, as the editors sliced and diced pieces of dialogue from Ronald Reagon's funeral in with some later speeches used by the VP.

It was entertaining to see what Cheney might do if confronted with such a situation. The news media coverage of the events were believable and, probably, sadly accurate (on another plain of existence, that is).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Scott T. Rivers VINE VOICE on November 24, 2007
Format: DVD
The fictional "Death of a President" (2006) has more plausibility and resonance a year after its initial release. Despite the occasional heavy-handedness of his fauxumentary approach, director/co-writer Gabriel Range reveals some provocative truths about America and its reaction to a hypothetical assassination. Now that the controversy and critical brickbats have died down, this flawed but fascinating film can be seen in a more objective light.
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful By D.B. Spalding on November 7, 2006
Fantastic, thought-provoking, and taut. Strong words for a film which is a speculative fictional film about the supposed assassination of the President of the United States, and subsequent investigation of the crime. Though drawing controversy over its realism and incorporation of contemporary issues (the Patriot Act, US presence in Iraq, public dissatisfaction with George Bush, Jr's term in office), the film is at its heart a suspense tale, building drama over how and why the crime occurs.

Ignore the nay-saying criticism and enjoy this film for what it is. A political thriller done as well as the best.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Robert Abney on January 17, 2007
I loved this film and cannot wait to add it to my DVD collection. It was troubling. I read one reviewer who thought the idea of killing the president was horrible. I contend that we are all mortal. We are all going to die. In this case the Iraq war was the grim reaper claiming the citizens of Iraq, soldiers, and a whole host of combatants. All of those lives more than deserve the same considerations as the President. The fact that a suspect was pick up on the premise of the bad Arab was also troubling. This film made me think about the equality of consequences. We all must face them sooner or later.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 6, 2009
Format: DVD
I remember a few years ago when DEATH OF A PRESIDENT was touring the film festival circuit. People on the political left hailed it as a monumental and groundbreaking piece of cinema while people on the political right heavily criticized it (and boycotted it in many cases) because it showed the assassination of President George W. Bush. I'm sure (more so now after watching the making-of featurette with the filmmakers on the DVD) that the filmmakers knew that their subject matter would create publicity and some controversy, but had no idea just how controversial the film would be. When I first heard about the film, I assumed the subject matter was important, but was worried that some nut-job would use the movie as inspiration and attempt to recreate the movie. I'm so grateful that never happened.

DEATH OF A PRESIDENT is a fictional documentary. It's not a mockumentary or a mockudrama. The movie uses some real and unedited footage of actual events, footage of real events that has been edited, scenarios that have been acted out, and fake interviews with actors portraying characters. In all honesty, the movie should have been nominated for an Oscar for editing because the editing in the film is flawless--it makes the things in FORREST GUMP look like cheesy 1950s special effects--but wasn't even considered because the film was originally made as a special that aired on British television.

The film does raise some important questions that all Americans should consider. Yet, the overall story of the film is heavily flawed. For instance, the trial of the man who is considered the main conspirator in the movie begins just weeks after the assassination.
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