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Fahrenheit 9/11

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Fahrenheit 911

Michael Moore is stopped by the Secret Service outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington.

Director:

Michael Moore.

Producer:

Michael Moore.

Review:

Jurgen's review of "Fahrenheit 9/11."

Genre:

Documentary.

Release Date:

July 25, 2004.

Distributor:

Lions Gate Films.

Awards:

Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

MPAA Rating:

Currently "R" because of "violent and disturbing images." Lions Gate has filed an emergency appeal to have the rating reviewed. Moore, unhappy with the rating noted that it was "very possible" that many teenagers who were now 15 and 16 would be "recruited to serve in Iraq in the next couple of years."

Ticket Sales:

Group tickets can be bought at Fahrenheit 9/11's own website: F911tix.com.

Description:

Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" won the Palme d'Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, only the second documentary in the festival's history ever to be awarded the top prize. The film, which takes a critical look at the Bush administration following the Sept 11 attacks, and contains recent footage of soldiers fighting the war in Iraq, received a twenty minute long standing ovation after its premiere. Jury members included head Quentin Tarantino, Tilda Swinton, Kathleen Turner, Emmanuelle Beart and Edwidge Danticat.

Following Moore's documentary "Bowling For Columbine," his new film is just as certain to stir up waves, exploring the period before, during, and after 9/11. The film criticizes President Bush's handling of the terrorist attacks and connects the Bush family with Osama bin Laden's. Moore also obtained footage shot of American soldiers in Iraq.

Weeks before the premiere, the controversy over "Fahrenheit 911" has already begun. Parent company Disney ordered Miramax not to distribute the film due to its partisan nature - despite the fact that Harvey Weinstein had already contributed $6 Million to the production costs. After several weeks of arbitration, Miramax co-founders Harvey and Bob Weinstein, through The Fellowship Adventure Group, a new special-purpose company, personally acquired rights to the film and will arrange for its theatrical and home video distribution. Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. and IFC Films, major players in the arena for independent movies, will release Moore's movie to theaters, and cable television network Showtime will handle the sale of rights for pay-TV.

In a prepared statement Moore said: "On behalf of my stellar cast — GW, Dick, Rummy, Condi and Wolfie — we thank this incredible coalition of the willing for bringing "Fahrenheit 9/11" to the people."

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