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A promotional poster.
|Directed by||Alan Peterson|
|Produced by||Michael R. Fox
|Written by||Eileen McGann
|Narrated by||Ron Silver|
|Edited by||Michael R. Fox
|Distributed by||Trinity Home Entertainment
|Running time||80 min.|
Fahrenhype 9/11 (stylized FahrenHYPE 9/11) is a 2004 documentary film that examines and challenges Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11. Part of a large group of documentaries that began appearing in the mid-2000s as technology improved, the film was narrated by Ron Silver. Dick Morris (who also receives a co-writing credit), appears frequently, and features exclusive interviews with various political figures of the time, including David Frum, Georgia Democratic Senator Zell Miller, social and political commentator Ann Coulter, and former Democratic New York City mayor Ed Koch.
The movie was released on October 5, 2004, the same day that Fahrenheit 9/11 was released on home video. It was released with a companion book.
Reviews and response
The documentary received mixed reviews among the three listed at Rotten Tomatoes. Variety film reviewer Robert Koehler described the film as "a broadside," but noted that "it's vastly superior in content and style to most of the recent anti-Moore focus." Jim Emerson reviewed the film as well, saying that the documentary "isn't exactly a thorough or level-headed piece of reasoning or investigative journalism; it's every bit the hot-headed political advertisement that Moore's film was, just a lot less funny."
A library in San Diego was forced to postpone and move a showing of the film following significant complaints. The film also caused controversy in Chicago, where a student from the Northwestern University Young Republicans had publicized a showing of the documentary in the bar area of a theater, only to have the offer rescinded. A high school teacher in Concord, New Hampshire, was also barred from showing Fahrenheit 9/11 without also showing Fahrenhype.
- Official Fahrenhype 9/11 website (link broken as of August 4, 2006)
- Fahrenhype 9/11 at the Internet Movie Database
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