Knoxville Theatres Not Showing "Death of a President"

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Is it a mock-u-mentary, or a taste of an alternate reality? Friday night's the premiere of a movie that could be as controversial as "Fahrenheit 9-11" or the "Passion of the Christ."

Volunteer TV's Gordon Boyd tells you why theatres in Knoxville and many others across the won't show death of a president.

Consequences for us were president Bush to be shot dead amid protesters of the war in Iraq.

"I would love to see it. I would see anything whether it agrees or disagrees with me," movie-goer Brian Stevens said.

"I believe in the freedom to express views. It's not something I'd probably be interested in," movie-goer Amy Lambert said.

"It's just stupid to make a movie about what if the president was dead. It's just wrong," movie-goer Maira Quillen said.

So agrees our country's largest theatre chain, which says it won't show "Death of a President" in Knoxville, nor any of its more than 6,000 screens nationwide because it doesn't believe depicting a future assassination of a sitting president is appropriate subject matter.

"I don't think there's any way anyone could see this film and say assassinating president Bush was a good idea," director Gabriel Range said.

Death's British director says his film condemns violence rather than promotes it, arguing that terrorism, the wars, and our leaders and country's roles in them should concern all of us.

"Go see the film for yourself and make your own mind up," Range said.

The Chicago Tribune claims the films flaw isn't rabble rousing--it's simply lacks dramatic interest. The less-charitable New York Times calls it an opportunistic little picture more like a second rate tv-program.

"I think it's good to have a dialogue of what would happen," Stevens said.

UT extended senior Brian Stevens believes the film could extend our thinking, but some fellow students:

"I wouldn't see it out of principle," Quillen said. "It's like somebody held Bush responsible for all if it."

Brian believes we shouldn't prejudge.

"Some people can disagree with art, but that's art," Stevens said.

Unless you want to wait for Pay-Per-View or DVD, "Death of a President" will put you on the road for awhile. It's showing on a couple of screens in Jackson and Memphis, but the closest theatre is in Louisville, Kentucky-- a four-hour drive away.