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Uncovered - The Whole Truth About the Iraq War

4.2 out of 5 stars 122 customer reviews


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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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"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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Product Details

  • 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: Multiple Formats, 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 (122 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001IXT36
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,626 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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By GLBT VINE VOICE on March 14, 2004
Format: DVD
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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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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The problem with this film is that the people who should see it won't. Using interviews from about 20 experts on Iraq, mostly former CIA officials, "Uncovered" details the lies and deceptions of the Bush administration in taking the nation to war with Iraq. It's pretty familiar stuff to most of us; if you've been on Planet X and it's new to you it will shock your socks off, but the American public is now so inured to official wrongdoing that it's ho-hum to half of us -- and the other half is living in la-la land wrapped in a protective blanket of patriotic wooliness.

"Uncovered" should be followed up with a much deeper film about the neo-cons who, back in the 1990s, advocated an attack on Iraq and found in the hysteria following the 9/ll terrorist attacks a comfortable venue for their extreme ideas.

Don't expect anything new if you've followed the course of the debate about Iraq over the last three years. But "Uncovered" marshalls the facts in a virtually irrefutable manner and a new insight or two will come to you. For example, one of the experts asked: who forged the documents that led the Bush folks to believe that Niger was selling yellow-cake uranium to Iraq? That's an interesting question and one that should be answered.

The most chilling moment of the film comes at the end in a 1998 quote from George Bush I -- the good Bush -- in which he warns against the dangers of occupation of Iraq. His son should have listened to him.

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It seems to me that all the people giving this documentary 1 star are so closed-minded. They seem to argue it was ok to invade Iraq even though there was no WMD found because Saddam was a thug and he slaughter tens of thousands of his own people. If that's the case, why doesn't the United States invade Sudan right now! Tens of thousands of people are being systematically exterminated at this moment. Yet there is no outcry for the U.S. to intervene and send troops there. Like Iraq, the government is killing it own people. Like Iraq, it has no WMD. All we need is video of the dying people in Sudan and a few beheading therefore the U.S. would be justify in sending troop. The arguments these people make for invading Iraq can be made for invading Sudan. Why are we not there? Because that argument is ludicrous. I was all in favor of invading Iraq. But after watching and reading the daily attacks from Shia and Sunni Muslims against U.S. Troops and the death toll nearing 1,000 for U.S. troops, I begin to question why we are there. If the U.S. is so ultraistic, we should be invading any and all countries that perform genocide on its own people. Where was the U.S. in Rwanda ten years ago? So don't tell me that it was ok to invade Iraq because Saddam was a thug and was killing his own people. The U.S. would be invading God knows how many different countries on a daily basis based on this doctrine. Bush was convinced to invade Iraq because he only filtered out reports that stated so. Never did he have opposite point as to why not to invade. I'm not sure if he intentionally meant to mislead the U.S. for going to war, only he does, but he did. If Iraq becomes another Vietnam, the U.S. will be in Big trouble.Read more ›
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