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Thursday, June 3, 2004
Moore Film Rocks Politics

"Fahrenheit 9/11" is one movie that George W. Bush does not want you to see. The scathing, Bush-bashing documentary, by Academy-Award winning filmmaker Michael Moore, criticizes the Bush administration's response to the attacks of September 11th.

The film also portrays the war in Iraq as a conflict that has unnecessarily endangered lives and even attempts to connect the Bush family with Osama Bin Laden's Saudi clan.

"I think when people see this film in America, every step along the way, this movie is a new revelation to them," said Moore. "Mr. Bush has a lot of apologizing to do."

The politically red-hot film won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival last month and is due to open in America in three weeks, but Moore's had a long battle to get his movie into the nation's theaters: it has until recently been unclear if "Fahrenheit 9/11" would be released in the U.S., after Disney declined to distribute it.

Moore was both booed and cheered at the 2003 Academy Awards for using his acceptance speech to bash Bush. And just last weekend, George W.'s father, former President Bush, was quoted as calling the controversial movie-maker a "slime ball." Still, from Washington to Hollywood, Moore has a lot of heavyweight supporters.

"Fahrenheit 9/11" heats up theaters -- and controversy -- starting June 25th.

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