Dennis Haysbert ("24 ) lends his baritone to the job of narrating the film which follows Cheney from his small-town Wyoming boyhood through his four decades at the top of Washington's power structure. He is described as "one of the single most powerful non-presidential figures America has ever known." By his own accounting he was the "most consequential" veep in U.S. history.
Bad behavior in Cheney's youth is duly noted. His early mentor relationship with Donald Rumsfeld, later reversed, is examined in detail, as is his eventually sour relationship with George W. Bush. Amazingly intimate photography, including shots from the immediate aftermath of 9/11, brings the man into focus in a new way. You can see that steely gaze being honed.
This is the third in a trilogy of political docs Cutler has produced, after 1993 s "The War Room" and 1996 s "A Perfect Candidate." Cutler said he worked on the film for nine months before Cheney agreed to an interview. Cheney ultimately granted four days of interviews, five hours a day, and then invited the crew along for some fly-fishing where, he says, he is most at peace.