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W. (2008)

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A chronicle of the life and Presidency of George W. Bush.


Oliver Stone


Stanley Weiser
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Brolin ... George W. Bush
Colin Hanks ... Speechwriter #1
Toby Jones ... Karl Rove
Dennis Boutsikaris ... Paul Wolfowitz
Jeffrey Wright ... Colin Powell
Thandie Newton ... Condoleezza Rice
Scott Glenn ... Donald Rumsfeld
Richard Dreyfuss ... Dick Cheney
Bruce McGill ... George Tenet
Wes Chatham ... Fraternity Enforcer
Jesse Bradford ... Fraternity President
Sean Stone ... Fraternity Pledge #1
Ben Mayer Ben Mayer ... Fraternity Pledge #2
James Cromwell ... George H.W. Bush
Juan Gabriel Pareja ... Oil Worker


Oliver Stone's biographical take on the life of George W. Bush, one of the most controversial presidents in USA history, chronicling from his wild and carefree days in college, to his military service, to his governorship of Texas and role in the oil business, his 2000 candidacy for president, his first turbulent four years, and his 2004 re-election campaign. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A life misunderestimated. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language including sexual references, some alcohol abuse, smoking and brief disturbing war images | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bush See more »


Box Office


$25,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,505,668, 19 October 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,534,493, 4 December 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,434,429, 29 March 2009
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The White House speechwriter named "Mike" (Colin Hanks) is based on two real speechwriters for George W. Bush, David Frum, who wrote the "Axis of Evil" speech, and Michael Gerson, who was Bush's chief speechwriter from 2001 to 2006. See more »


In the 1991 Gulf War scene with George H.W. Bush, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (VJCS) is portrayed as an U.S. Air Force General, however at the time, the VJCS was a U.S. Navy Admiral. See more »


Karl Rove: If you can't stand in front of those guys two minutes and come up with one plausible answer what the hell are we running for governor for?
George W. Bush: Just tell me what to do, whatever it takes. Look if I need to read the whole damn Constitution I'll do it.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, you see a Christian cross with a period. It morphs into the W-period logo of the movie. See more »


Referenced in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) See more »


The Yellow Rose of Texas
Performed by Rick Rhodes and Danny Pelfrey
Courtesy of Westar Music
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User Reviews

You might just like W Bush a little more at the end
14 October 2008 | by chaw-hamadSee all my reviews

Before seeing this movie I read a review in USA today stating that viewers felt empathetic for Bush after watching this movie. I Couldn't help but laugh at that review. The sinnical human I am still blames him for all or most of America's problems; but throughout the movie and after I actually felt empathetic for George W. Bush. Words I never though I'd say! This movie was directed perfectly by Oliver Stone the storytelling in this movie was what kept me interested. I wont lie it dragged sometime, especially when the Bush administration as having their secret meeting about Iraq before they invaded. These parts were the reason that this movie got a 9/10 from me.

The acting overall was phenomenal, especially from Jeffery Wright as Colin Powell and Josh Brolin as George W. Bush. These two actors actually seem like they were the characters they were playing in real life. The resemblances were uncanny.

This movie highlight George W. Bush's Life from Yale to his presidency. This is truly Oliver Stones Best work. The movie was filled with humor mostly in part due to Josh Brolins amazing adaptation of George W. Bush. This movie also had its serious moments, and they were what made me see what George W. Bush has had to face and gives you his perspective. After gaining some insight on his life you actually might just like George W. Bush.

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