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American dreamz - Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Willem Dafoe, Mandy Moore, Paul Weitz

Threat advisory: Under evaluation

Movie propaganda

On the morning of his re-election, President Staton (Dennis Quaid) decides to read the newspaper for the first time in four years. This starts him down a slippery slope. He begins reading obsessively, re-examining his black and white view of the world, holing up in his bedroom in his pyjamas. Frightened by the President's apparent nervous breakdown, his Chief of Staff (Willem Dafoe) pushes him back into the spotlight, booking him as a guest judge on the television ratings juggernaut (and the President's personal fave), the weekly talent show American Dreamz.

America can't seem to get enough of American Dreamz, hosted by self-aggrandizing, self-loathing Martin Tweed (Hugh Grant), ever on the look-out for the next insta-celebrity. His latest crop of hopefuls includes Sally Kendoo (Mandy Moore), a conniving steel magnolia with a devoted, dopey veteran boyfriend William Williams (Chris Klein), and Omer (Sam Golzari), a recent Southern Californian immigrant (who just happens to be a bumbling, show-tune-singing, would-be terrorist awaiting activation). When both Sally and Omer make it to the final round of Dreamz - where the President will be judging along with Tweed - the stage is set for a show the nation will never forget.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film politics showbiz comedy satire Hollywood USA President talent quest singing terrorism fame

Persons of interest

  • Hugh Grant
  • Dennis Quaid .... President Staton
  • Mandy Moore .... Sally Kendoo
  • Marcia Gay Harden .... First Lady Staton
  • Willem Dafoe .... Chief of Staff
  • Chris Klein .... William Williams
  • Judy Greer
  • Sam Golzari .... Omer
  • Shohreh Aghdashloo
  • Adam Busch .... Sholem Glickstein
  • John Cho
  • Jennifer Coolidge
  • Noureen DeWulf .... Shazzy
  • Karen Gordon .... Debbie Margis
  • Jay Harik .... Ali Aziz
  • Beau Holden .... Uncle Fitz
  • Joshua Wade Miller .... Paul
  • Bernard White .... Agha Babur
  • Tony Yalda .... Iqbal
  • Paul Weitz .... Screenwriter
  • Paul Weitz .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


Security censorship classification

M (Infrequent coarse language, sexual references)

Surveillance time

107 minutes (1:47 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 27 April 2006

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