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The Hunting of the President

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Adapted from the book of the same title, this documentary uses dramatic narration (via actor Morgan Freeman), ominous music, and humorous stock footage to develop tension, drama, and outrage in telling the story of the shady conservative republican conspiracy that tried for ten long years to discredit Bill and Hillary Clinton. Trumped up charges concerning Whitewater, along with scandals involving Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, and Monica Lewinsky are just the beginning. The rabid hysteria-mongering of Ken Starr and his unquestionably partisan independent council wasted millions of tax dollars in an ultimately fruitless attempt to impeach President Clinton for their own personal and political reasons. Like similar examinations of America's ills, BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE and SUPERSIZE ME, this trenchant documentary pulls no punches in its examination of greed, media manipulation, self-serving politics, and witch-hunting. Though writer-director team Harry Thomason and Nickolas Perry certainly exhibit their own liberal bias here, there is no denying the credibility of their talking heads, who include Susan McDougal (imprisoned for two years when she refused to lie about Clinton's involvement in Whitewater) and former right-wing conservative journalist David Brock. Last but not least, a group of Arkansas low lives appear, who the conservative media initially used to embroil Clinton in his early sex scandals.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2223007

  • Critic Reviews
    "The film is a sobering chronicle of the depressing circus of persecution and pseudo-scandal that was the Clinton years."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[P]ersuasive....The film's strengths lie in its assemblage of information..."
    Los Angeles Times

    Sight and Sound

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