Death Of A President

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The assassination of the most powerful leader in the free world is examined in this controversial mockumentary from British filmmaker Gabriel Range. On October 19, 2007, president George W. Bush is visiting Chicago when he impulsively stops to shake... read more
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The assassination of the most powerful leader in the free world is examined in this controversial mockumentary from British filmmaker Gabriel Range. On October 19, 2007, president George W. Bush is visiting Chicago when he impulsively stops to shake hands with supporters en route to a meeting, while a throng of protesters demonstrate nearby. Shots ring out, and Bush is fatally wounded. As America and its allies deal with the tragic loss of their leader, vice president Dick Cheney is sworn in as the new chief executive, and while he takes the reigns of the nation and pushes new and aggressive anti-terrorism legislation through Congress, the Federal Bureau of Investigation steps into action to track down the gunman. As Secret Service agents and law enforcement officers share their thoughts on how the murder of the president could have been avoided, and people around the globe discuss how Bush's death has tipped the delicate balance of relations between the United States and the Middle East, a Syrian Muslim activist living in Chicago, Jamal Abu Zikri (Malik Bader), is charged with the murder of the president. While no "smoking gun" connects Zikri to the crime, a wealth of circumstantial evidence points to him as the gunman, and he's tried, found guilty, and executed in short order. However, lingering questions persist as some wonder if the F.B.I. found the right man with the right motives. Created using a combination of newsreel footage, computer-generated images, and newly staged material, Death of a President (aka D.O.A.P.) received the International Critics Prize at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival, despite negative reaction from many American political commentators, many of whom were deeply offended by the film's depiction of the assassination of Bush, the sitting U.S. president at the time of the picture's production and release.

Original Release

10/09/2006

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Cast

Michael Reilly Burke Robert H. Maguire
Hend Ayoub Zahra Abi Zikri
Brian Boland Larry Stafford
Becky Ann Baker Eleanor Drake
Neko Parham Casey Claybon (as M. Neko Parham)
Robert Mangiardi Greg Turner
Nathan Geist State Trooper (uncredited)
Patricia Buckley Dawn Newton
Jay Patterson Sam McCarthy
Chavez Ravine Marianne Claybon
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Gabriel Range

Writers

Gabriel Range, Simon Finch

Cast

Michael Reilly Burke Robert H. Maguire
Hend Ayoub Zahra Abi Zikri
Brian Boland Larry Stafford
Becky Ann Baker Eleanor Drake
Neko Parham Casey Claybon (as M. Neko Parham)
Robert Mangiardi Greg Turner
Nathan Geist State Trooper (uncredited)
Patricia Buckley Dawn Newton
Jay Patterson Sam McCarthy
Chavez Ravine Marianne Claybon
Christian Stolte John Rucinski
James Urbaniak Dr. James Pearn
Jay Whittaker Frank Molini
Patrick Clear Adam Brock
David Girolmo Spokesman
Tab Baker Hat Man
Sager Abu-Romman Tariq Khoudry
Walter Jacobson Himself
Chris Nolte Riot Cop
Matthew LeFevour Protester #1 (as Matt LeFevour)

Producers

Peter Carlton Executive Producer
Liza Marshall Executive Producer
Gabriel Range Producer
Simon Finch Producer
Ed Guiney Producer
Robin Gutch Producer
Donall McCusker Producer
Christina Varotsis Producer

Editors

Brand Thumim

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