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Crawford
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Jan 7, 2009 By: JimmyO
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Director:
David Modigliani

Actors:
Pug Meyers
Misti Turbeville
Tom Warlick

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A small town becomes a part of history when Governor George W. Bush makes it his home. After the 2000 election, the town of Crawford finds itself more famous than anyone ever thought, or wanted it to be.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
There is one thing I can say about 2008, it was a year when quite a few terrific documentaries came out, and Crawford is no exception. Crawford, Texas was a small town where you didnt need to lock your doors. It was a place where everybody knew everyone else. But it was also a place that seemed prime for a Presidential Nominee to present himself as a man of the people. And this is exactly what President George W. Bush did. Around two months before the election, he made his home in Crawford. This created quite a buzz for all the locals, which included several shops welcoming Mr. Bush and family with open arms. And for awhile, it was exciting for almost everyone. But when things like media, traffic and dashed hopes fell into place, many of the townsfolk seemed to miss the good ole days.

Some of the fine citizens that lived in Crawford include the town local Pug Meyers, First Baptist Church Pastor Mike Murphy, the Coffee Station owner Dorothy Spanos, local teacher Misti Turbeville and one of her students, Tom Warlick. One of the most important aspects of Crawford which really made this a very important film is that director David Modigliani respects his subject. There is no attack on anyone, whether they are Pro-Bush or Anti-Bush, this is a fair and unbiased exploration of what happened before the controversial 2000 election all the way to the Presidents second term. These are real people that experienced their small town change in a matter of months. There is nothing rehearsed or fake, it is all very truthful and all the more fascinating for it. It was obvious that Crawford welcomed David into their town, and they seem to trust him, and deservedly so.

Each and every story is told with warmth as views change and the human element is explored. This is not an attack on the Bush Administration, this is simply a presentation of a town put in the middle of a historic time. The portraits in this Texas town are so lovingly and honestly explored, that you will be able to find a connection to almost everyone involved in some way. So much so that I would hope it might make one question themselves the next time they attack someone for their views in politics. Even as Bush is facing his last days in office, I found it very hard to feel anything negative for those on opposite sides of my personal political stance while watching the film. And after all, if you can present a different idea or thought in such a way that others can respond to it, that is a resounding success. Crawford isnt about politics really, it is about the very humanity which encompasses it.

One of the most powerful stories involves the rebellious student, Tom Warlick. I have to say that his story is one of the most inspired. I wont go into too much detail, but I was really affected by him and his high school years. There are many others involved that will hopefully make someone think twice about making judgments on people and things they dont understand. I definitely recommend spending a little time in Crawford.
THE EXTRAS
I loved the extras here. This 2-disc set includes a few added treasures to go with a great movie. The first disc has the film, but the second includes a Trailer for the film. It also has a fun little feature called Crawfords Characters which offers a few extra moments with each of the men and women in the film. If youd like to hear Tom Warlicks thoughts on WMD or Pug Meyers thoughts on women in general, this is worth checking out. Actually, this is worth checking out period.

Next up is the wonderful moment where The Town Responds (49:00) which is easily as entertaining as the film itself. David returns to Crawford to show the film at the local high school. I loved this, and we get to see a little more of Mr. Modigliani as he spends more time on camera. It is easy to see why the people of Crawford trusted him. Hes a very likeable guy and it is fun to return to the town after watching the film. I especially enjoyed seeing some of the films characters interview the director.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I loved Crawford. David Modigliani had his heart in the right place as he went into a town where everybody knows each other. It was also a town with a very famous citizen who showed up just in time to cause quite a ruckus. This is not a political story nor it is the story of President George W. Bush. It is a story about a group of people living through the chaos and hype that history can bring. It is insightful, touching and it makes for a extremely pleasant viewing experience. It might even open up your mind to another way of thinking.
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