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W. (2008)


Biography, Comedy, Drama |

W. is American biographical film based on the life of George W. Bush. Directed by Oliver Stone and written by Stanley Weiser, it stars Josh Brolin as Bush. The supporting cast includes Elizabeth Banks, James Cromwell, Ellen Burstyn, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Scott Glenn, and Richard Dreyfuss. Filming began on May 12, 2008, in Louisiana, and the film was released on October 17, 2008.

In 1966, George W. Bush endures an initiation by his fellow Yale University students as a Delta Kappa Epsilon pledge. During the hazing, Bush successfully recalls the names and nicknames of many of the fraternity members, and states that his family’s political legacy is one in which he has no interest. After Bush is jailed in New Jersey for rowdiness following a football game, his father, George H. W. Bush states that he will help him, but for the last time.

Following his graduation from Yale, Bush takes a job at an oil patch back in Texas, but he quits after a few weeks. In 1971, “Junior” reveals his real aspirations in a father-son talk: working in professional baseball. Bush is accepted into Harvard Business School with the help of his father. After a night of heavy drinking, Bush crashes his car into his family estate and challenges his father to a fistfight. His younger brother, Jeb, stops the fight.

In 1977, Bush announces he will run for Congress to represent Texas’s 19th district. At a barbecue, Bush meets his future wife, Laura Lane Welch. During a debate, Bush is criticized by his Democratic opponent, Kent Hance, who says that Bush is not a real Texan and has spent campaign contributions to throw an alcohol-fueled party for underage Texas Tech University students.

Director: Oliver Stone

Writer: Stanley Weiser

Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Ioan Gruffudd, Colin Hanks, Thandie Newton, James Cronwell, Richard Dreyfuss


Josh BrolinGeorge W. Bush
Colin HanksSpeechwriter #1
Toby JonesKarl Rove
Dennis BoutsikarisPaul Wolfowitz
Jeffrey WrightColin Powell
Thandie NewtonCondoleezza Rice
Scott GlennDonald Rumsfeld
Richard DreyfussDick Cheney
Bruce McGillGeorge Tenet
Wes ChathamFraternity Enforcer
Jesse BradfordFraternity President
Sean StoneFraternity Pledge #1
Ben MayerFraternity Pledge #2
James CromwellGeorge H.W. Bush
Juan Gabriel ParejaOil Worker
Shea LewisOil Rig Driller
Randal ReederOil Rig Foreman
Marley SheltonFran
Litt Martin1971 Houston Oilman #1
James Ron Parker1971 Houston Oilman #2
Michael GastonGeneral Tommy Franks
Keenan Harrison BrandMarvin Bush
Ellen BurstynBarbara Bush
Jason RitterJeb Bush
Bryan MasseySkeeter
Noah WyleDon Evans
Bill JenkinsJim Sale
Brent SextonJoe O’Neill
Jonathan BreckCorn Dog
Jenny ShakeshaftSuzie Evans (as Jennifer Sipes)
Jonna Juul-HansenJan O’Neill
Elizabeth BanksLaura Bush
Paul RaeKent Hance
David BornTexas Debate Moderator
John Buffalo MailerSpeechwriter #2
James Martin KellyNSC Official
Rob CorddryAri Fleischer
William LanierResort Waiter
Stacy KeachRev. Earle Hudd
Gregory Alan WilliamsEvangelical Minister (as Gregory Alan-Williams)
Jon Michael Davis1988 Campaign Aide #1 (as Jon Davis)
Andrew SensenigTexas Reporter #1
Gabriela OstosTexas Reporter #2
Lisa FairchildTexas Reporter #3
Paul T. TaylorTexas Reporter #4
Halley RachalPark Bench Voter #1 (as Halley Rachel)
Dottie McWhineyPark Bench Voter #2
Ronan SummersCIA Official
John NeislerCheney’s Lawyer
Ioan GruffuddPrime Minister Tony Blair
Charles FathyPres. Jacques Chirac (voice)
Jim GarrityTV Commentator #1 (as James A. Garrity)
Anne PresslyTV Commentator #2
Randall NewsomePaul Bremer
Jewel WilliamsLegless Soldier
Oscar ContrerasBurned Soldier
Tom KempDr. David Kay
Teresa CheungMiss China
Brad ShamWhite House Reporter
J. Grant AlbrechtJaques Chirac
Michael C. ‘Mike’ AllenPresidential Aide – Gulf War Sit. Room
Kristin BarnhartOil Tycoon Wife
Amanda BosleyBirthday Party Guest
McIntyre BridgesSecret Service Agent
Dane BrownPress
Bruce BryantOdessa Debate Patron
Patrick Michael CarneyNavy SEAL #1
Hillary ClintonSelf (archive footage)
Eric Joshua DavisFraternity ‘Dueling Dan’
Trent DeeMarried Couple
Joschka FischerSelf (archive footage)
Lacey FordCar Passenger
Chris FreihoferEvangelical 2
Terry Boyd GambleRove Aide
Mike GassawayScooter Libby
Jude GaviReporter
Jeff GibbsJosiah Pringle
Mark A. HernandezMigrant Worker
Saddam HusseinSelf (archive footage)
Jamie JonesBar Patron / Pool Player
John KerrySelf
Jimmy Lee Jr.Oil Rig Worker
Madison MasonAdm. Kelly
John McCainSelf (archive footage)
Lee Ann McDadeWhite House Reporter
John Gibson MillerWell Wisher
Richard MyersSelf – General, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Ashley-Anne ParkerPedestrian
Sean M. SellersWaiter
Matt SiglochLt. Gen. Shriver
James W. Spradling IIOdessa Debate Patron
Bill StinchcombSecret Service Agent
Taylor TreadwellAnchor #2
Jonathan TrippNews Boom Operator
Chuck VailJerimiah Adams
W. Douglas WaterfieldAssistant Secretary of State
Drew WatersNavy SEAL
Brent WeisnerSecret Service Agent
Tucker WellsPress Room Reporter
Steven E. WilliamsMotorist / Background Driver

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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