15 certificateW. is a Film programme that first aired in 2008 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

W. is a 3 star programme

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W. (2008)

Directed by
Oliver Stone

Growing up in his congressman father's considerable shadow, Texan boy George W Bush (James Brolin) struggles to make his mark in the world. Fond of a good time and a drink or ten, young 'Dubya' is dismissed by George Bush Sr (James Cromwell) as a waster and a drunk. Seemingly incapable of holding down a job and prone to brushes with the law, young Dubya flubs his attempts at running an oil company and then a baseball team before settling on politics. Giving up alcohol and finding God, Bush confounds his critics by getting elected as Governor of Texas and, as his dad finishes his tenure as President, Bush the younger sets his sights on becoming the most powerful man in the world.

Following Bush from his early years right the way up to the major events of his Presidency, Stone paints an amusing, if superficially partisan, portrait of the muchmaligned President. Brolin gets Bush's wonky wordplay just right with the supporting cast rendering Bush's cronies as a grotesque gang of pantomime villains - in particular Thandie Newton's fraught rendition of Condoleezza Rice - although Jeffrey Wright is excellent as Colin Powell, the lone voice of dissent in the White House war room. While it may not offer any in-depth insight into the man and his unlikely rise to power, Oliver Stone's film is a diverting and highly watchable talking point that may not have the gravitas of his previous films like JFK and Nixon but certainly has a few more laughs.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 150 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2008

3/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA/HongKong/Germany/UK/Australia

Filmed in Colour


Image for Josh BrolinJosh Brolin...George W. Bush
Image for James CromwellJames Cromwell...George H. W. Bush
Image for Elizabeth BanksElizabeth Banks...Laura Bush
Image for Ellen BurstynEllen Burstyn...Barbara Bush
J. Grant Albrecht...Jacques Chirac
Image for Sayed BadreyaSayed Badreya...Saddam Hussein
David Born...Texas Debate Moderator
Dennis Boutsikaris...Paul Wolfowitz
Image for Jesse BradfordJesse Bradford...Thatcher
Jonathan Breck...Corndog
Bruce Bryant...Odessa Debate Patron
Wes Chatham...Jimmy Benedict
Maria Chen...Military Aid
Teresa Cheung...Asian Journalist 'Miss China'
Rob Corddry...Ari Fleischer
Jon Michael Davis...Campaign Aide
Image for Richard DreyfussRichard Dreyfuss...Dick Cheney
Chris Freihofer...Evangelical
Terry Gamble...Rove Aid
Jim Garrity...Commentator Jack Hawk