The World According to Dick Cheney

Institute History

  • 2013 Sundance Film Festival


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 (whose The September Issue screened at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival) 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.

Featuring exclusive interviews with Cheney, his closest allies, and his fiercest critics, The World According to Dick Cheney charts the former vice president’s journey from a jailhouse in small-town Wyoming to the inner sanctums of the White House. Revered by his supporters and loathed by his detractors, Cheney enjoyed a career that spanned four decades, culminating in his eight years as the most controversial and, in his words, “most consequential” vice president ever.

Cutler and Finton’s brilliant film unfolds like a chess game, carefully balancing the illuminating philosophy, complex psychology, arrogance, and dedication of this family man, fisherman, and staunch patriot.

(Archives note: see also R.J. Cutler and Greg Finton's Meet The Artist interview on our YouTube Channel.)

— D. C.

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