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The Hunting of the President (2003)

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Morgan Freeman, Paul Begala, more...
Director: Harry Z. Thomason, Harry Z. Thomason, Nickolas Perry, more...
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 89 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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From the best-selling book by journalists Gene Lyons and Joe Conason comes The Hunting of the President, a documentary by filmmakers Harry Thomason and Nickolas Perry. Going back to Bill Clinton's time as Governor of Arkansas and tracing through his impeachment while President of the United States, the Morgan Freeman-narrated film attempts to shed light on the alleged organized campaign to topple the charismatic statesman. Along the way, Thomason and Perry attempt to explore on a more general level the effect and influence of the media and slander-machines on contemporary politics. Interviews with such contrasting figures as James Carville and Jerry Falwell are included alongside never-before-seen Clinton-era footage. The Hunting of the President premiered at a special screening during the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Prez Past by talltale October 2, 2004 - 2:01 PM PDT
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
THE HUNTING OF THE PRESIDENT is as interesting a documentary as has come down the pike in this overly documentarized election year. Perhaps because it deals with a decade past, the reminders of what happened during that time come as a renewed and necessary jolt. The details offered up in the interviews with many of the people involved are fascinating, and the speakers on view are as damning in their sorrow regarding Bill Clinton's sexual indiscretions as they are adamant about the dreadful abuses of power in the handling of Kenneth Starr's pseudo-investigation of Whitewater and the President's personal life. The film could do with a less heavy-handed musical score, however, as well as some of the sewn-in snippets from old movies: the facts here speak for themselves. An absolutely must-see (and hear) is the bonus section on the dvd that provides Clinton's address to the audience after the premier screening of this film. The compelling differences between that President and our current one (enormous intelligence, a true grasp of history, the ability to speak extemporaneously, genuine compassion, and much more) speaks volumes about where our nation is and needs to go. Oddly enough, this splendid but overlong (his recent autobiography is, too) speech gives us direction and hope, even in these desperate times.

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(Average 7.00)
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