W.

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Oliver Stone
Production: Lionsgate
  1 win & 7 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.3
Metacritic:
56
Rotten Tomatoes:
58%
PG-13
Year:
2008
129 min
$25,517,500
Website
57 Views

And now...

... ladies and gentlemen...

... the 43rd

president of the United States...

... George W. Bush.

- Axis of Hatred?

- I know.

Something about it...

...just misses.

- Any other brilliant ideas?

How about Axis of Weasels?

Don't get cute, Karl.

This is serious now.

I think it needs to be stronger.

Just cut through the noise. Like

Reagan with the "Evil Empire" speech.

Well, is it too much then to...?

What about Axis of Evil?

Axis of Evil?

Evil? Yeah, I like the ring of that.

That's good.

Mr. President,

"axis" brings up World War II.

You can't link Germany and Japan

with Iraq and North Korea.

No, l... I disagree, Colin.

Weapons of mass destruction make

these countries more dangerous.

We gotta begin educating the public

about this war and its implications.

You have an approval rating

of more than 80 percent now.

It's just astounding.

Not since Roosevelt

after Pearl Harbor.

The American people want revenge.

They liked Afghanistan.

They want more.

Mr. President, if I may?

Given your strong commitment

to democracy...

...do you think that Iran

should be lumped together...

...with Iraq and North Korea?

After all, Iran has

a democratically elected president.

- As always, Guru, sharp.

- Thank you.

Iran is not Iraq and Iraq is not Iran.

I know that.

If we can get one democracy going

in one of these places, Iran, Iraq?

Reagan was right. It's gonna spread

to all these countries...

...because people want freedom.

With this message, we're sending

strong word to reformers in Iran...

...to turn on these deadbeat

dead-enders...

...these ayatollah cockamamies.

Iran stays in.

When you make threats, sir,

you have to back them up.

You'd be committing us

to planning...

...three fully operational wars

with three countries.

No, I'm not saying war.

I'm saying lay down the law.

But the speech as written

is taking a preemptive posture...

...against countries,

none of whom declared war on us.

For 60 years now, this country...

...has operated under a principle

of containment.

That's a defense, general,

not an offense.

How are you gonna contain

...running around

with fake passports...

...from country to country,

looking for nukes, anthrax?

Containment don't hold water

as far as I'm concerned.

We're gonna get hit again.

We all know that.

Unless we go out there,

hit them hard, and we hit them first.

Well,

containment won us the Cold War.

Some people might just say that

Reagan won the Cold War, general.

And it started

with the "Empire of Evil" speech.

What do you think?

Oh, Mr. President, you know I don't

do nuance. It's just not my thing.

I'll keep to the big picture

if you don't mind.

I do. Brother George?

Think?

Well, actually there's about 80,000 of

them, terrorists, in about 80 countries.

My point exactly.

And I'm sure you realize, of course,

what complicates things is...

...it wasn't Iran or Iraq

who attacked us.

It was Osama bin Laden.

I know it was bin Laden, George.

You know as well as I do...

...there's more terrorists out there...

...than a religious nut

in a cave in Pakistan.

- Wolfie, you got that look on your face.

- Well, sir, to get back to the point...

...lran is the issue here.

It is the mothership of terrorism.

Vice?

Sir, as you know, I don't view

this issue as a matter of choice.

Since 9l11, there's no going back.

Well, then...

...we'll go with Axis of Evil.

- Yes, Mr. President.

And now I'm tired of this sentence.

All right, before we go,

let's all take a moment.

You too, turdblossom.

Do infants enjoy infancy...

...as much as adults enjoy adultery?

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Stanley Weiser

Stanley Weiser is an American screenwriter. He was born in New York City. He is a graduate of the NYU Film School. His screen credits include Wall Street and W., both directed by Oliver Stone. He also wrote the 20th Century Fox film, Project X. He is credited for creating characters in the sequel to Wall Street: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. In addition, he served as script consultant on Oliver Stone's Nixon and Any Given Sunday. Weiser's other projects include two civil rights dramas, developed as feature films, but made for television. Murder in Mississippi, a chronicle of the 1964 Freedom Summer movement and the lives and deaths of Cheney, Schwerner, and Goodman, the three young civil rights workers who were killed by the Ku Klux Klan, which aired on NBC in 1990. It was nominated for four Emmys and won the Directors Guild of America Award for best TV movie. Freedom Song, a semi-fictional account of the early SNCC movement in Mississippi, was co-written with Phil Alden Robinson, who also directed. They shared a Writers Guild of America Award and Humanitas nomination for the 2000 TNT film. Weiser also adapted the novel, Fatherland, by Robert Harris, for HBO. It was nominated for three Golden Globe awards and Miranda Richardson won for best supporting actress in a TV or cable movie. He wrote the NBC four-hour mini-series Witness to the Mob in 1998, which was produced by Robert De Niro. He also wrote Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story, for which he received a Writers Guild of America nomination for best TV movie. As of 2012, he wrote a biopic on the life of Rod Serling, the writer and The Twilight Zone creator. Weiser began his career as a production assistant for Brian De Palma on Phantom of the Paradise, and as an assistant cameraman on the Martin Scorsese documentary, Street Scenes. He is married and lives in Santa Monica, California. He is a founding member of the West Los Angeles Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Center. more…

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