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Fahrenheit 9/11 - Breaks $100m barrier as Moore addresses to Democrats

Story by: Jack Foley

MICHAEL Moore’s one-man mission to rid Americans of the Bush administration shows so signs of letting up, especially given the success of the Fahrenheit 9/11 documentary.

The film has now become the first documentary to make over $100 million ($54.5m) at the North American Box Office, making a mockery of previous attempts to have its release blocked.

And it has earned the radical film-maker such a reputation, that rival Democrats reportedly queued for up to five hours to see Moore, when he appeared at a convention earlier this week (commencing July 26, 2004).

His subsequent address at the Boston convention drew up to 2,000 people and was typically controversial as the US elections draw closer.

Warning that Democratic candidate, John Kerry, would not become US president by being ‘weak-kneed and wimpy’, he went on to predict that ‘the unelected side who occupy the White House are not going to go peacefully’.

Moore has never made any secret his contempt for George Bush’s administration and his film begins with a damning round-up of the events which led to the election of the President, in 2000.

It goes on to pour scorn on the administration’s reaction to the September 11, 2001 atrocities, and the subsequent invasion of Iraq, while alleging business links between the Bush family and prominent Saudi businessmen, including members of the bin Laden family.

And he had a word of warning for the Democrats, insisting that ‘they [the Republicans] are better fighters than we are. They are up at six in the morning trying to figure out which minority they are going to screw today’.

He also lambasted the US press for acting as ‘cheerleaders’ for the war, in Iraq, stating that: "You haven't just been embedded - you've been in bed with the wrong people."

Earlier in the week, Moore further fuelled his row with Bush by inviting him to attend a special screening of the documentary at a football stadium parking lot, in the President's hometown of Crawford, in Texas.

Needless to say, no statement from the White House has been forthcoming!

But commenting on the film’s Box Office success, a delighted Moore said: "If you had told me when we were going through all the pre-distribution problems with Disney that this film would gross more than any other Disney film this year, I don't even know how to respond to that," he said.

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