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Monday, May 17, 2004

Michael Moore - Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Stirs Debate at Cannes:
"Film Festival on Monday with its relentless critique of the Bush administration in the post-Sept. 11 world.

The movie reiterates other critics' allegations concerning the Bush family's financial connections to Saudi oil money and the family of Osama bin Laden.

Mr. Moore also repeats others' condemnations that the White House was asleep at the wheel before the Sept. 11 attacks and then used fear-mongering of future terrorism to muster support for the Iraq war.

If Mr. Moore can get the movie into U.S. theaters this summer as he hopes, it could become a rallying cry for Democratic voters in the fall election between President Bush and expected Democratic opponent John Kerry.

The timing of the movie's U.S. opening has been thrown into question after Miramax parent Walt Disney Co. said it won't distribute the film because of its political overtones. Last week, Disney said Miramax co-Chairmen Harvey and Bob Weinstein would be allowed to buy out Miramax's investment in the controversial documentary. Miramax, which financed the bulk of the $6 million movie last year, will find other distribution for the film. Mr. Moore hopes to have it in theaters by the Fourth of July weekend."


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