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Uncovered - The Whole Truth About the Iraq War (2004)

John Dean , David Albright , Robert Greenwald  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Dean, David Albright, Robert Baer, Milton Bearden, Rand Beers
  • Directors: Robert Greenwald
  • Producers: Robert Greenwald, Chris M. Gordon, Devin Smith, Jim Gilliam, Kathryn McArdle
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: The Disinformation Company
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001IXT36
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,223 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Uncovered - The Whole Truth About the Iraq War" on IMDb

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"George Orwell once warned that "in universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." That being so, we are all called to become revolutionary truth-tellers and Robert Greenwald leads the way. "Uncovered," by exposing the rot at the roots of political power in Washington, has created a document of the most profound patriotism. In laying bare the lies of an American administration bent on gaining, maintaining and abusing power through deceit, the film arms our citizens with the weapons necessary to take back their democracy." -- MIKE FARRELL actor and activist, co-founder Artists United

"I don't see how anyone, Republican or Democrat could even think about voting for Bush after watching this documentary." -- MOBY

"It's one thing for a President to lie about his sex life. It's another to lie about why we are sending our young men and women into battle." -- AL FRANKEN

"On a daily basis we, the American public, are exposed to unending administration insanities: fear mongering, the reduction of foreign policy to a bad video game, an exhausting audio-visual parade of lies and self-deceptions. Robert Greenwald's film is a welcome antidote. It sets an example of what a concerned and committed citizen can do. Speak truth to power. -- ERROL MORRIS - Filmmaker - The Fog of War

"The film is a compelling call to action in 2004 and must-see viewing for all citizens who care about changing the direction of our security policy, and our country's leadership." -- KATRINA VAN DEN HEUVEL editor of The Nation

"A powerful documentary. A must see for anyone interested in the truth about what's going on in Iraq" -- MARTIN SHEEN

"Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War is a devastating analysis of the abuses and distortions of intelligence used by the Bush Administration in making its case for the war in Iraq. If the American people and Congress had been told the whole truth, America would have never gone to war." -- SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY

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This controversial and arresting film takes you behind the walls of government, as CIA, Pentagon and foreign service experts speak out, many for the first time, detailing the lies, misstatements and exaggerations that served as the reasons to fight a "pre

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292 of 323 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of good information, but... March 14, 2004
In the beginning of this 1 hour documentary, we are very quickly introduced to the 20 or so experts who will be giving their testimony throughout the film. It's done quickly, but after the first 5 or so it becomes a sort of blur and you want to say, "Wait.. slow down..."
The whole film is sort of like that.
There's a LOT of good information in "Uncovered." It makes its case well, by calling upon people from within the CIA and within the government to tell their stories. It also does a very effective job of showing how the Bush administration changed its story over time, and how things that were originally said to be true were then de-emphasized and then finally denied completely.
The problem I have with this documentary is that it throws so much at the viewer so quickly that it weakens the impact of each successive piece. In the interview with the director (in the Bonus Material section of the DVD) he talks about having had only a few months to put all this information together and how frantic the pace was to get it done on time. Frankly, it shows.
What I would really like to see is this same information taken and put into some kind of cohesive narrative, and rather than compressing it all into one hour, give it the time that it deserves and make it a 2 hour film. Let us hear the testimonies of these people with a bit more depth, rather than throwing snippet after snippet at us. "Uncovered" is a great rough draft of a documentary, but as a finished product it's flawed.
For all of that, this is still a documentary worth seeing. There's a lot of great information here; the step-by-step analysis of Powell's speech to the UN is particularly effective. This is an important film and one that needs to be seen.
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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Oh, please," Indeed! August 15, 2004
To the reviewer who titled his one-star review "Oh, Please," perhaps you should acquire some sense of perspective. Hussein was certainly a brutal tyrant, but he did not kill MILLIONS of his subjects. Tens of thousands, yes, perhaps even hundreds of thousands. But MILLIONS? No.

Perhaps the distinction is lost on you, and in terms of whether it makes Hussein a MORE or LESS evil brute, it is insignificant. However, it is crucial that WE make sure we are scrupulous when discussing the evil deeds of others, or, in general, when discussing anything which requires careful deliberation prior to acting. Hyperbole merely destroys the perspective which is necessary to determine just what actions ARE appropriate, and WHEN such actions must be carried out.

You say you don't care whether Hussein had WMD or whether he was linked to 9/11, both of which were falsehoods promulgated by the Bush administration. The importance of whether our President tells the truth or not, especially in such urgent matters of state as waging war, should be obvious to anyone, and that you don't see it implies you lack a capacity to appreciate the damage done by such lies.

Nontheless, I'll give it a shot: our country is based on the premise that we are self-governing; we elect persons to office to represent us and to act FOR us in passing laws and managing affairs of state for the general welfare. In order to act in our own interest, we must know who we're actually electing, and we must know what they intend to do, based on who they tell us they are. When they're in office, we must trust they're telling us the truth so we may express our educated approval or disapproval of their decisions BEFORE they're enacted. To go to war based on lies is to deny the people the right to have their will acted upon.
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569 of 664 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A chilling exposé of the lies about the war on Iraq April 16, 2004
"Uncovered - The Whole Truth about the Iraq War" is a chilling exposé of the lies upon which the war on Iraq is based. This DVD reveals that the idea for war against Iraq came to the Bush administration on September 11th, 2001. They realized that the fear instilled in the US population by the terrorist attacks in New York and DC would be a wonderful way to mobilize the US population for war against Iraq. The only thing necessary was a justification, so they decided to mislead the US population into believing that Osama bin Laden and Saddam are partners, and that Iraq had nuclear capabilities that they planned to soon use against us. As this DVD reveals, these were all lies.

Most of the lies are by now well-known to those of us who were opposed to the war from the beginning: there are no weapons of mass destruction, Iraq was not gearing up for war with the US, Saddam and bin Laden are not partners and in fact opposed one another. But this documentary is still interesting because it contains the interviews of many people who have worked within the governmental and military system for decades, such as: former Ambassador Joe Wilson; weapons inspectors Scott Ritter and David Albright; anti-terrorism expert Rand Beers; former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, former CIA operative Robert Baer; and Washington editor of The Nation, David Corn. It's fascinating for me to see footage of people who are within the system, believe in the system, and yet are willing to come forward and speak out against Bush and the war on Iraq. For example, John Dean, former White House counsel, comments on the lies Bush told to Congress about Iraq's nuclear capabilities, explaining that it is a federal felony, a crime, to distort information that you present to congress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watch the real inner workings of the war and judge for yourself if it...
I love the work of this film maker. He is very courageous. I recommend that everybody watch this.

It is important to see what the news does not cover here in the U.S.
Published 5 months ago by readaholic
4.0 out of 5 stars Helps explain war
This book helped me to understand the Iraq War situation better. Although I am not a fan of war I believe it is important to try to understand it.
Published 12 months ago by Noelle Lesniak
4.0 out of 5 stars stories that needed to be told
I think the more stories that are told about the realities and consequences of war are what we (americans) really need right now. Read more
Published 21 months ago by rellisaur
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick, Fast and Unclear
Uncovered disappointed me a lot. I have heard great things about Robert Greenwald documentaries and asked for the set of his movies last Christmas. Read more
Published on November 1, 2008 by Lynn Ellingwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Blow's Michael Moore's stint under the water
This film entails all the facts which still for a large part, elude the American people about the leadup to the Iraq War. Read more
Published on January 20, 2008 by Jennifer Schneider
2.0 out of 5 stars OK, except that it doesn't uncover much.
If I hadn't been waking on my treadmill burning calories while I watched this, it might have been a total waste of time. Read more
Published on November 12, 2007 by lighten_up_already2
3.0 out of 5 stars A convenient retelling of historical facts
I can't say I support Bush on all his policies by any means... BUT... if you are going to criticize people at least be sure you do it based on actual facts and not just emotional... Read more
Published on July 7, 2007 by M. Spitzer
5.0 out of 5 stars The whole truth and nothing but the truth!!!

"The Bush administration made up its mind to go to war on September 11, 2001. From that time on, you were dealing with rationalization and justification for the... Read more
Published on April 30, 2007 by Stephen Pletko
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting assertions presented... and supported
I'd have given this a 5-star review for the great job that was done embarrassing the W administration... Read more
Published on March 12, 2007 by Pop ina Bottle
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont be fooled
I skimmed the first 20 reveiws and noticed two one star ratings. After reading their reveiws I noticed they were not critical of the documentary or its merits but rather the... Read more
Published on December 27, 2006 by Kevin N. McMahon
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