Fahrenheit 9/11 - Michael Moore
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The temperature where freedom burns.
In Fahrenheit 9/11 Michael Moore continues his probing of American culture with the provocative documentary, which explores the complex connection between the Bushes and the Bin Ladens coupled with a complete critique on US foreign policy post 11 September 2001.
Persons of interest
- Colin Powell .... Himself (archive footage)
- Dan Rather .... Himself (archive footage)
- Condoleezza Rice .... Herself (archive footage)
- Donald Rumsfeld .... Himself (archive footage)
- Tim Russert .... Himself (archive footage)
- Britney Spears .... Herself (archive footage)
- Maxine Waters .... Herself (archive footage)
- Paul Wolfowitz .... Himself (archive footage)
- Khalil Bin Laden .... Himself (archive footage)
- George Bush .... Himself (archive footage)
- George W Bush .... Himself (archive footage)
- Barbara Bush .... Herself (archive footage)
- Jenna Bush .... Herself (archive footage)
- Neil Cavuto .... Himself (archive footage)
- John Conyers .... Himself (also archive footage)
- Byron Dorgan .... Himself
- Al Gore .... Himself (archive footage)
- Abdul Henderson .... Himself
- Lila Lipscomb .... Herself
- Jim McDermott .... Himself
- Rep Patsy Mink .... Herself (archive footage)
- Craig Unger .... Himself
- Michael Moore .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- Fahrenheit 9/11 official movie sites:
- Fahrenheit 9/11 film production notes
- Fahrenheit 9/11 QuickTime movie trailers
- Awards and film festivals:
- Cannes Film Festival 2004: Won: Palme d'or Best Film
- Melbourne International Film Festival 2004: Direct From Cannes
- New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2004: Won: Best Non-Fiction Film
- NB: The title is after a book by Ray Bradbury (and a film directed by François Truffaut) called Fahrenheit 451, the title of which refers to the temperature on the Fahrenheit scale at which books burn (approximately 232°C). Said books are being burnt by a Big-Brother-type fascist state.
- See also Bowling for Columbine: What a wonderful world, 11'09"01
- Studios and distributors:
Special Agent Matti
Fahrenheit 9/11 is Michael Moore's latest rebuttal of the Far Right's propaganda. He digs into the o'erweening morass and pulls forth gems of truth. Even if you don't believe this film - or if you think Michael Moore is just another bleeding-heart, lefty, commie, pinko, liberal - you deserve answers to the questions he raises. You should insist on the answers and don't stop until you get them.
That's the trouble with truthmongers: they just won't shut up.
But this is not a dry, intellectual exercise: the editing is full of clever juxtapositions that produce hilarious results, most often by laying popular songs over standard news images and by switching between opposing points of view. The only problem is that as it's so easy to ridicule George W Bush, this is something like shooting fish in a barrel. One of the funniest parts is when Michael Moore's camera follows two gung-ho Marine recruiters who pop up like rampaging Mormons all over Flint, Michigan. There ain't nothing gonna stop these boys. Not even the target being undesirous of signing up.
As with Bowling for Columbine: what a wonderful world, Fahrenheit 9/11 comes to the conclusion that there is more government-induced fear in the USA than there is anything of which to be afraid. Despite many alterations of the threat advisory since the attacks of 11 September 2001 there have been zero (0) terrorist attacks on the "homeland". Oooh, and it makes you wonder.
Media intelligence (DVD)
- Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
- Languages: English
- Picture: Widescreen 16:9
- Special features:
- Trailers: Upcoming releases
Security censorship classification
M (Graphic war footage, adult themes, medium level coarse language)
122 minutes (2:02 hours)