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| | 1 hr 30 min | Documentary, Drama, Fantasy, Indie

Death of a President is a 2006 fictionalized account presented in documentary format about the assassination of George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States of America. This film combines real time acting, archival footage, and special effects to present a depiction of what life would be like if a sitting U.S. president were to be assassinated.

Key points of interest invlthe impacts to foreign-policy, racial profiling, and even American civil liberties. This film utilized interviews, news coverage clips, and video surveillance footage to tell the story of then president George W. Bush being assassinated by a single sniper. Though several suspects were questioned an IT professional from Syria becomes the prime suspect. The film showcases VP Dick Cheney becoming president and linking possible Al Qaeda relationships in connection with the assassination.

This film showcases impacts immediately after the assassination all the way through the trial and imprisonment of the Middle Eastern suspect, who was convicted on dubious evidence, all the while, there is strong evidence showing that a United States Persian Gulf War veteran was responsible for the crime rather than the imprisoned Syrian.

Several powerful messages are presented in this film including the power of the Patriot Act. While the film received mixed reviews, critics who enjoyed the film thought the film was clever and intensely realistic claiming it was totally believable. Death of a President won six awards including the International Critics Prize from the Toronto Film Festival and the International Emmy Award for TV movie/miniseries category in the United Kingdom.

Regardless of your political affiliation, this is a must-see film for anyone looking to gain deeper insight into the impacts of the assassination of a president. This film does a great job of remaining politically neutral while presenting the factual accounts and scenarios.

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Stars
Hend Ayoub, Brian Boland, Becky Ann Baker, Robert Mangiardi, Jay Patterson
Director
Gabriel Range
Language
English
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