W. is a 2008 American biographical comedy-drama film based on the life of George W. Bush. Directed by Oliver Stone and written by Stanley Weiser, it stars Josh Brolin as Bush. The supporting cast includes Elizabeth Banks, James Cromwell, Ellen Burstyn, Thandiwe Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Scott Glenn, and Richard Dreyfuss. Filming began on May 12, 2008, in Louisiana, and the film was released on October 17, 2008.


In 1966, George W. Bush endures an initiation by his fellow Yale University students as a Delta Kappa Epsilon pledge. During the hazing, Bush successfully recalls the names and nicknames of many of the fraternity members, and states that his family's political legacy is one in which he has no interest. After Bush is jailed in New Jersey for rowdiness following a football game, his father, George H. W. Bush states that he will help him, but for the last time. Following his graduation from Yale, Bush takes a job at an oil patch back in Texas, but he quits after a few weeks.

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    director Oliver Stone
    editor Alexis Chavez Joe Hutshing Julie Monroe
    genre comedy-drama political
    keywords 1988 presidential campaign 1992 presidential election 1992 united states presidential election 1994 1994 texas gubernatorial election 2000 2000 united states presidential election 2003 invasion of iraq 2003 mission accomplished speech aircraft carrier axis of evil baseball game baseball team bill clinton born-again christian bush compound bush family business school chain of command colin powell congress create delta kappa epsilon democratic democratic party destabilization destabilize dick cheney donald rumsfeld drink family estate george h. w. bush george h. w. bush 1988 presidential campaign george w. bush george w. bush 2000 presidential campaign governor of texas gulf war harvard business school haze his family his family estate iran iraq iraq and weapons of mass destruction jail jeb jeb bush karl rove kent hance laura bush laura lane welch mass destruction middle east mission accomplished new jersey night bus north korea nuclear weapon nuclear weapons oil patch pop fly presidential campaign presidential election press conference republican republican party saddam hussein secretary of defense secretary of state september 11 attacks successful bid to become president texas ranger texas rangers texas\'s 19th congressional district texas\'s 19th district texas tech university u.s. invades iraq u.s. secretary of defense u.s. vice president united states house of representatives vice president weapons of mass destruction within iraq white house yale university
    musicBy Paul Cantelon
    producer Bill Block Eric Kopeloff Moritz Borman Paul Hanson
    productionCompany Emperor Motion Pictures Global Entertainment Group Millbrook Pictures Onda Entertainment QED International
    publisher Lionsgate Films
    theme biographical drama war