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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 June, 2004, 04:16 GMT 05:16 UK
Anti-Bush film set for US release
Michael Moore with his Palme d'Or for Fahrenheit 9/11
Michael Moore's film made history by winning big at Cannes
A US distributor has been found for Fahrenheit 9/11, film-maker Michael Moore's Cannes award-winning polemic against George W Bush's presidency.

A deal brokered by movie moguls Bob and Harvey Weinstein means the film will hit American cinemas on 25 June.

The film's original backers, Disney, had refused to release it because of its apparent political bias.

Moore has said he hopes Americans see his film before they vote in this year's presidential election.

The film won top honours at the Cannes film festival this year, becoming only the second documentary in the event's history to be awarded the Palme d'Or.

'Coalition of the willing'

Moore, who makes no secret of his anti-Bush stance, thanked the industry figures that had freed his film for release.

The Weinstein brothers formed a new company to buy back the rights to Fahrenheit 9/11 from Disney, the conglomerate which owns their Miramax label.

They are thought to have paid Disney $6m.

Moore also expressed gratitude on behalf of the public figures from the Bush administration who feature heavily in his film.

"On behalf of my stellar cast - GW, Dick, Rummy, Condi and Wolfie - we thank this incredible coalition of the willing for bringing Fahrenheit 9/11 to the people."

Fahrenheit 9/11 attacks the US response to the jihadi hijackers' assault on New York and Washington.

It also alleges business links between the Bush family and the family of the Saudi-born fugitive accused of masterminding the attacks, Osama Bin Laden.

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