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Death of a President | 2006 | R | - 0.6.5

A mockumentary about the fictional assassination of President George W. Bush: Using archival footage, as well as digitally manipulated images, the film takes place years after the unsolved crime, and features interviews with suspects and their families, Secret Service men, journalists, political protestors and experts. With Hend Ayoub, Brian Boland, Becky Ann Baker, Michael Reilly Burke and M. Neko Parham. Directed by Gabriel Range. [1:33]

SEX/NUDITY 0 - None.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man is shot in the head, matter spurts and he falls to the ground dead.
 The U.S. President is shot and we hear that the bullet struck him in the chest and that he has trouble breathing.
 We see a dead man slumped over on the seat of a car, there is a bloody wound in his head, blood stains on the seat and a gun in his hand. A man is shot in the shoulder (we see blood on his shirt and suit coat).
 We see a bloody body on a stretcher. We see photos of an operating room where doctors operate on a man who has been shot (we see blood on a drape and surgical tools).
 Protestors charge a presidential motorcade and reach a car before being tackled and pushed to the ground. Police with sticks strike protestors who become increasingly agitated. Police push a crowd of protestors and spray them with mace. A man is shoved against a gate, searched and put in handcuffs by police. A man is grabbed and led away forcibly from a line of people waiting to greet the U.S. President. We see a man being arrested after having been forced to the ground.
 We see photos and video of a bombed out village in Iraq, with charred cars, etc.
 People chant and cheer when they hear that the U.S. President was shot. We hear that a man was killed by a roadside bomb during military action. We hear that the U.S. President died from gunshot wounds. We hear gunshots and screaming in the background of a scene. There are references to the attack of 9/11. We hear about the emotional condition of a woman whose husband was shot.
 A man in a crowd lights an American flag on fire.
 We see a poster of a man with a gun to his head. We see a rifle in a garbage dump.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 1 F-word, 1 scatological term, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman talks about her son using drugs.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Political assassination, consequences of violent acts, terrorism, anarchy, prosperity, challenges, rage, murder, honor, hate, suicide, anti-war protests, civil rights, the Patriot Act, war crimes, desperation, helplessness, conspiracies, white supremacists, environmental activism, dignity, anger, patriotism, North Korea, leadership, nuclear weapons testing, senseless death of children.

MESSAGE - There is no honor in dying for lies. Hate and desperation can lead people to do radical and extreme acts.

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