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129 min
Biography | Drama | History
IMDB rate:
Oliver Stone
1 win & 5 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2008-10-17
Filming Locations: Millennium Studios- 300 Douglas Street, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
Budget: $25,100,000
Opening Weekend: $10,505,668 (USA) (19 October 2008)
Gross: $25,534,493 (USA) (4 December 2008)
Josh Brolin
George W. Bush
Colin Hanks
Speechwriter #1
Toby Jones
Karl Rove
Dennis Boutsikaris
Paul Wolfowitz
Jeffrey Wright
Colin Powell
Thandie Newton
Condoleezza Rice
Scott Glenn
Donald Rumsfeld
Richard Dreyfuss
Dick Cheney
Bruce McGill
George Tenet
Wes Chatham
Fraternity Enforcer
Jesse Bradford
Fraternity President
Sean Stone
Fraternity Pledge #1
Ben Mayer
Fraternity Pledge #2
James Cromwell
George H.W. Bush
Shea Lewis
Oil Rig Driller
Randal Reeder
Oil Rig Foreman
Marley Shelton
Litt Martin
1971 Houston Oilman #1
James Ron Parker
1971 Houston Oilman #2
Michael Gaston
General Tommy Franks
Keenan Harrison Brand
Marvin Bush
Ellen Burstyn
Barbara Bush
Jason Ritter
Jeb Bush
Bryan Massey
Noah Wyle
Don Evans
Bill Jenkins
Jim Sale
Brent Sexton
Joe O'Neill
Jonathan Breck
Corn Dog
Jenny Shakeshaft
Suzie Evans
Jonna Juul-Hansen
Jan O'Neill
Paul Rae
Kent Hance
David Born
Texas Debate Moderator
John Buffalo Mailer
Speechwriter #2
James Martin Kelly
NSC Official
Rob Corddry
Ari Fleischer
William Lanier
Resort Waiter
Stacy Keach
Rev. Earle Hudd
Gregory Alan Williams
Evangelical Minister (as Gregory Alan-Williams)
Jon Michael Davis
1988 Campaign Aide #1 (as Jon Davis)
Andrew Sensenig
Texas Reporter #1
Gabriela Ostos
Texas Reporter #2
Lisa Fairchild
Texas Reporter #3
Paul T. Taylor
Texas Reporter #4
Halley Rachal
Park Bench Voter #1 (as Halley Rachel)
Dottie McWhiney
Park Bench Voter #2
Ronan Summers
CIA Official
John Neisler
Cheney's Lawyer
Ioan Gruffudd
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Charles Fathy
Pres. Jacques Chirac
Jim Garrity
TV Commentator #1 (as James A. Garrity)
Anne Pressly
TV Commentator #2
Randall Newsome
Paul Bremer
Jewel Williams
Legless Soldier
Oscar Contreras
Burned Soldier
Tom Kemp
David Kay
Teresa Cheung
Miss China
Brad Sham
White House Reporter
Michael C. 'Mike' Allen
Presidential Aid - Gulf War Sit. Room (uncredited)
Kristin Barnhart
Oil Tycoon Wife (uncredited)
Amanda Bosley
Birthday Party Guest (uncredited)
McIntyre Bridges
Secret Service Agent (uncredited)
Dane Brown
Press (uncredited)
Bruce Bryant
Odessa Debate Patron (uncredited)
Patrick Michael Carney
Navy Seal #1 (uncredited)
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Trent Dee
Married Couple (uncredited)
Lacey Ford
Car Passenger (uncredited)
Chris Freihofer
Evangelical 2
Terry Boyd Gamble
Rove Aide (uncredited)
Mike Gassaway
Scooter Libby
Jude Gavi
Reporter (uncredited)
Jeff Gibbs
Josiah Pringle (uncredited)
Mark A. Hernandez
Migrant Worker (uncredited)
Saddam Hussein
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Don Kress
Navy Official (uncredited)
Jimmy Lee Jr.
Oil Rig Worker (uncredited)
Madison Mason
Adm. Kelly (uncredited)
John McCain
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lee Ann McDade
White House Reporter
John Gibson Miller
Well Wisher (uncredited)
Richard Myers
Himself - General, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ashley-Anne Parker
Matthew Ramsaur
Sean M. Sellers
Waiter (uncredited)
Matt Sigloch
Lieutenant General Shriver
James W. Spradling II
Odessa Debate Patron (uncredited)
Bill Stinchcomb
Secret Service Agent (uncredited)
Taylor Treadwell
Anchor #2 (uncredited)
Jonathan Tripp
News Boom Operator (uncredited)
Chuck Vail
Jerimiah Adams
W. Douglas Waterfield
Assistant Secretary of State (uncredited)
Drew Waters
Navy SEAL (uncredited)
Brent Weisner
Secret Service Agent (uncredited)
Tucker Wells
Press Room Reporter (uncredited)
Steven E. Williams
Motorist / Background Driver (uncredited)
Rodney Wiseman
Oil Man at Party (uncredited)
Johnny Wright
Odessa Debate Patron (uncredited)
Scott Yarnell
News Photographer (uncredited)
Did you know?
Most of the film was shot in practical locations in Shreveport, Louisiana. George and Laura Bush's bedroom and George Tenet's bedroom are different rooms in the same mansion.
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Josh Brolin prepared for his role as George W. Bush by telephoning hotels and talking to the people simply to hear the accent. He also watched videos of Bush to try and get the style of his walk right.
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Admiral Deb Loewer, who was on President Bush's detail the morning of 9/11, was the film's technical advisor.
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The speech writers write W's 2002 State of the Union Address on Macintosh computers. From the Spotlight icon in the top right of the screen, the Macs are running Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, released April 29, 2005.
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In the scene with the speech writers in June 2003, prior to going to war with Iraq, the PC in the background shows a Windows Vista desktop. Vista was released in January 2007.
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In several scenes set in 2001-2002, several Dr. Pepper bottles have 2008 logos.
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George Herbert Walker Bush: If I remember correctly, you didn't like the sporting goods job or the oil rig job. Working in the investment firm wasn't for you either. That ranchette thing in Arizona, that sure didn't last long. Didn't exactly finish up with flying colors in the Air National Guard, Junior. We're still not out of that one. Now this gal Susie shooting her mouth off about you knocking her up.
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Thatcher: Following in your father's footsteps there, Bushy?
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George Herbert Walker Bush: You want an ass-whipping?
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A Note Regarding Spoilers
The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
Is "W." based on a book?
No. W. is based on a script originally researched and written by director Oliver Stone and screenwriter Stanley Weiser prior to the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike.
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for W. can be found here.
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Photos from cast
Elizabeth Banks Juan Gabriel Pareja