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Death of a President Details


The assassination of the most powerful leader in the free world is examined in this controversial mockumentary from British filmmaker Gabriel Range. On October 19, 2007, president George W. Bush is visiting Chicago when he impulsively stops to shake hands with supporters en route to a meeting, while a throng of protesters demonstrate nearby. Shots ring out, and Bush is fatally wounded. As America and its allies deal with the tragic loss of their leader, vice president Dick Cheney is sworn in as the new chief executive, and while he takes the reigns of the nation and pushes new and aggressive anti-terrorism legislation through Congress, the Federal Bureau of Investigation steps into action to track down the gunman. As Secret Service agents and law enforcement officers share their thoughts on how the murder of the president could have been avoided, and people around the globe discuss how Bush's death has tipped the delicate balance of relations between the United States and the Middle East, a Syrian Muslim activist living in Chicago, Jamal Abu Zikri (Malik Bader), is charged with the murder of the president. While no "smoking gun" connects Zikri to the crime, a wealth of circumstantial evidence points to him as the gunman, and he's tried, found guilty, and executed in short order. However, lingering questions persist as some wonder if the F.B.I. found the right man with the right motives. Created using a combination of newsreel footage, computer-generated images, and newly staged material, Death of a President (aka D.O.A.P.) received the International Critics Prize at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival, despite negative reaction from many American political commentators, many of whom were deeply offended by the film's depiction of the assassination of Bush, the sitting U.S. president at the time of the picture's production and release. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 10, 2006


Hend Ayoub
as Zahra Abi Zikri
Brian Boland
as Larry Stafford
Becky Ann Baker
as Eleanor Drake
Robert Mangiardi
as Greg Turner
Jay Patterson
as Sam McCarthy
Jay Whittaker
as Frank Molini
Michael Reilly Burke
as Robert H. Maguire
James Urbaniak
as Dr. James Pearn
Seena Jon
as Samir Masri
Christian Stolte
as John Rucinski
Chavez Ravine
as Marianne Claybon
Dawn Newton
as Patricia Buckley
Patrick Clear
as Adam Brock
Malik Bader
as Jamal Abu Zikri
Tony Dale
as Al Claybon


Gabriel Range
Gabriel Range
Robin Gutch
Ed Guiney
Simon Finch
Simon Finch
Gabriel Range
Graham Smith
Brand Thumim
Gary Baugh
Production Designer
Liza Marshall
Executive Producer
Peter Carlton
Executive Producer
Cindy Tolan
Alex Riordan
Sound Mixer
Claire Simon
Eileen McCahill
Costumes Supervisor
Steve Bergson
Donal McCusker
Line Producer
Rob Harvey
Visual Effects Supervisor
Christina Varotsis
Line Producer
Heather Pollack
Script Supervisor