Fahrenheit 9/11: Crying, Laughing, Shouting at the Screen

Moore's Bush polemic hits raw nerve in New York

Did the film change your mind?: No. Not one bit. It totally reinforced me and made me more angry. I want people who believe the Bush line to go see it.

Did you think any of it was made up?: I'm going to do some research myself, but I would hope he's a responsible enough journalist.

How do you think people will respond to the film?: People who are against the war are going to be inspired to be more active. I'm hoping it will get people to think about the idea of what a terrorist is, what a Muslim is, and what a culture war is all about.

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    Critical Assessment: "I needed to pee, but I just couldn't go."


    imageName: Sheila Schwid
    Age: 71
    Political Affiliation: Democrat
    Registered Voter: Yes

    Did you learn anything new from the film?: Yes. The film shows the Carlyle Group has no integrity and is making money on both sides [of the war]. Today, the Carlyle Group bought Loews, so if you don't see [the film] today, you may not see it.

    Did the film change your mind?: No. I was [already] convinced Bush has no integrity. I felt for the first time how horrible it is for the people who died or are wounded. Americans are victims. These are our people who are dying.

    Did you think any of it was made up?: No. Moore has everything checked by lawyers. He knows he could have everything taken from him [if he lies].

    How do you think people will respond to the film?: People who haven't read anything will be amazed.

    Critical Assessment: "Michael Moore is a master filmmaker. One of the best films ever made."


    imageName: Casey Krugman
    Age: 22
    Political Affiliation: Democrat
    Registered Voter: No ("But I'm going to be!")

    Did you learn anything new from the film?: A lot of new things like how fucking corrupt this government is right now.

    Did the film change your mind?: No, it reinforced it.

    Did you think any of it was made up?: As a film student, I know that there are certain creative aspects, but the facts are not debatable.

    How do you think people will respond to the film?: Hopefully by calling for everybody in the Bush cabinet's arrest and resignation—in that order.

    Critical Assessment: "Everyone should be forced to see this before registering to vote."


    imageName: Tim Grimes
    Age: 33
    Political Affiliation: Democrat
    Registered Voter: Yes

    Did you learn anything new from the film?: Yes. I think I was aware of most of what was presented, but I got it in more detail. I was in the first Gulf war and [the film] was upsetting. Seeing how the military is full of kids from small towns and a lot of ignorance on the part of these kids sent over there. I'm kind of dumbfounded.

    Did the film change your mind?: No, it reinforced [it]. It made me feel like I had to spring into action.

    Did you think any of it was made up?: No, it didn't seem made up. There was a lot of Michael Moore putting his thoughts into Bush's head, but that was for entertainment purposes. I don't feel manipulated; I feel informed.

    How do you think people will respond to the film?: I hope the right people see it. I think people should be forced to watch this movie.

    Critical Assessment: "Dammit!"


    imageName: Rory Broadfoot
    Age: 22
    Political Affiliation: Democrat
    Registered Voter: No (not a citizen)

    Did you learn anything new from the film?: I didn't realize the extent you [Americans] got screwed.

    Did the film change your mind?: I'm a Michael Moore fan. I'm already anti-Bush, but now people who would've voted [for him] before are against him.

    Did you think any of it was made up?: No. Obviously he's a documentary filmmaker, but I don't believe he lied.

    How do you think people will respond to the film?: It's going to make them angry—and get George Bush out.

    Critical Assessment: "It's a chapter in George Bush's obituary."

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