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Last Updated: Saturday, 29 May, 2004, 09:15 GMT 10:15 UK
Weinsteins buy Moore movie rights
Michael Moore
Moore's work was feted at Cannes film festival
Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 has moved a step closer to being released in US cinemas after the rights were bought by Miramax's founders.

The studio's founders, Harvey and Bob Weinstein, personally bought back the rights from parent company Disney, which had refused to distribute it.

The film alleges connections between US President George W Bush and top Saudi families, including the Bin Ladens.

Miramax had funded Moore's film, which won this year's Palme D'Or at Cannes.

The Weinsteins have said they will arrange for cinema and home video distribution of the film, which could be on screen by mid-summer.


Talks are said to be already under way between the Weinsteins and third-party distributors.

Some commentators say the film could influence the November presidential election because of its unflattering portrait of Mr Bush.

It criticises his stance on Iraq and his actions before and after the 11 September attacks.

Moore had accused Disney of bowing to political pressure from the White House in its decision to block the film.

Disney denied the accusation and in turn accused Moore of engineering a dispute about the film's release to gain maximum publicity for it.

Disney said it could still profit if the film did well, but it would donate any proceeds to charity.

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