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The Hunting of the President (2004)

Previously unreleased material outlines the campaign against Bill Clinton's presidency, from his days in Arkansas up to his impeachment trial.

Writers:

Joe Conason (book), Gene Lyons (book) | 2 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Morgan Freeman ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jonathan Alter ... Himself - Investigative Reporter, Newsweek
Steve Barnes Steve Barnes ... Himself - Political Reporter
Paul Begala Paul Begala ... Himself - Democratic Political Strategist
Richard Ben-Veniste Richard Ben-Veniste ... Himself - Former U.S. Attorney
Robert S. Bennett Robert S. Bennett ... Himself - President Clinton's Attorney
Carl Bernstein ... Himself (archive footage)
Sidney Blumenthal Sidney Blumenthal ... Himself - Author, The Clinton Wars
Max Brantley Max Brantley ... Himself - Editor-in-Chief, Arkansas Times
David Brock David Brock ... Himself - Former Investigative Reporter, The American Spectator
Dale Bumpers Dale Bumpers ... Himself - Senator, Arkansas (archive footage)
Joe Cammerata Joe Cammerata ... Himself - Paula Jones Attorney
John Camp John Camp ... Himself - Investigative Reporter, CNN
Susan Carpenter-McMillan Susan Carpenter-McMillan ... Herself - Paula Jones' Advisor (archive footage)
James Carville ... Himself - Democratic Political Strategist
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Storyline

Harry Thomason and Nickolas Perry's incendiary documentary, based on the best-selling book by Gene Lyons and Joe Conason, offers a glimpse at the genesis of these partisan vendettas and explores the myths and truths behind the nearly ten year campaign to systematically destroy the political legacy of the Clintons.

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A documentary based on the New York Times bestseller. See more »

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Documentary

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jagten på præsidenten See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,298, 20 June 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$376,552, 31 October 2004
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Redux)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This documentary film was made and first released about four years after its source book of the same "The Hunting of the President" name by Gene Lyons and Joe Conason had been first published in the year 2000. See more »

Quotes

Robert Bennett: And I remember George Stephanopoulos coming into the Oval Office not once but two or three times and saying "Mr. President you have GOT to get into this meeting." It was surreal. I was taking the time of the President of the United States during an international emergency, talking with him about the Paula Jones case.
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The Vasty Deep
28 June 2004 | by afhickSee all my reviews

Less a vindication of Clinton than an indictment of the press, this film provides a timely commentary on the excesses of journalistic zeal that almost brought down a presidency. I was especially moved by the women players, including Susan McDougal, aka Joan of the Ozarks, who was treated like a serial killer during her two years in prison, after she ran afoul of nasty-minded Ken Starr and his minions. I also like the brave and witty portrait of ex-Arkansas Governor Riley's wife Claudia. The facts presented here may seem all too familiar by now, but we can thank authors Joe Conason and Gene Lyons for unearthing a good number of them. Students of history will long debate the merits of the Clinton presidency, but the incompetence of the press is now an established fact.


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