‘Fahrenheit’ heat spikes ticket sales

Michael Moore’s film is expected to pack the Forum 8 theater.
Friday, June 25, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:43 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Michael Moore’s new film “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which has stirred up controversy around the country, appears likely to have a protest-free opening in Columbia today.

The film — which has its first showing this morning at 11:30 at the Forum 8 theaters — looks at an alleged connection between the Bush family and Osama bin Laden.

It also examines President Bush’s actions following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the move towards the war with Iraq.

Moore also implies that after Sept. 11, Bush was more effective at scaring the population than pursuing terrorists.

“Fahrenheit 9/11” recently won the top award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Forum 8 began advance ticket sales Wednesday and as of 6 p.m. Thursday had sold about 150 tickets, assistant manager Anthony Robinson said. He said he thinks the evening showings will sell out.

Robinson said the theater has received a few calls protesting the showing of the film. But, he said the theater has received more calls asking for the film.

Mark Haim, director of Mid-Missouri Peaceworks, which advocates on issues of peace and social justice, said his group has not planned on an organized outing to the film.

Haim said he is looking forward to seeing it.

“Michael Moore is somebody who, I think, is highly talented at what he does, and his films can be eye-opening,” he said.

Haim said he is aware of right-wing groups nationally who are trying to block the film’s release in theaters but has not heard of any groups planning to protest the film in Columbia.

“It is important to have a marketplace of ideas where those who want to show their viewpoints can,” Haim said.

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