The World According to Dick Cheney

Directed by R. J. Cutler and Greg Finton

How did a college dropout who was arrested for a DUI twice in the same year become the single-most-powerful nonpresidential political figure in American history? Filmmakers R. J. Cutler and Greg Finton answer that question and others in what is sure to be the definitive film about the fascinating life and legacy of Dick Cheney.


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  • ★★★½ review by zbilson on Letterboxd

    "And the argument that this was a war you wanted to start?"

    "...Wanted to? Why, because we like war?"

    (Spoiler alert: yes)

  • ★★★★ review by syxxpac on Letterboxd

    Less the re-litigation of the Iraq fiasco that you’d expect, and more the fascinating Machiavellian character study of a man who, whatever you may think of him, has been at the forefront of the American political theatre for decades. The scariest thing you could possibly learn about the man coming out of this film is how genuine he probably was about protecting his country in the wake of 9/11… in his own unconstitutionally coldblooded fashion, but genuine nonetheless. How a mind like that can function can’t HELP but be fascinating, as far as I’m concerned. The power of political will, the dangers of partisan zealotry, and how and why the world can be shaped and influenced by so very few are some of the broader themes explored at the core of this incisive portrait, though ultimately through Cheney’s own words it’s also a personal origin story of how a good for nothing, hard-drinking college dropout picked himself up by his bootstraps and became Emperor Palpatine. Highly recommended to folks who enjoy all manner of documentaries about influential figures, or those who want a cautionary refresher on the damage neoconservatism has wreaked on the world. Those who forget history, as it were…

  • ★★★★ review by Eric Dobson on Letterboxd

    Informative and lacking any apparent bias. Great documentary detailing Cheney's rise from DUI Yale dropout to his time with Nixon, Ford and eventually Bush. Recommended.

  • ★★★½ review by Kevin Weist on Letterboxd

    Fantastic. The title says it all. This is Mr. Cheney in his own words. No bias necessary. You either believe him, or you don't. But either way, it's fascinating.

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