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The Fog of War (2003)

Cast: Robert McNamara, Robert McNamara
Director: Errol Morris, Errol Morris
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Documentary, Biographies, Military, Vietnam War
Running Time: 107 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese
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Former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara is the sole focus of documentarian Errol Morris's The Fog of War, a film that not only analyzes McNamara's controversial decisions during the first half of the Vietnam War, but also his childhood upbringing, his education at Berkley and Harvard, his involvement in World War II, and his later years as president of the World Bank. Culling footage from almost 20 hours of interviews with the Secretary, Morris details key moments from McNamara's career, including the 1945 bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and President Kennedy's suggestions to the Secretary that the U.S. remove itself from Vietnam. Throughout the film, the 85-year-old McNamara expounds his philosophies on international conflict, and shows regret and pride in equal measure for, respectively, his mistakes and accomplishments. ~ Michael Hastings, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Good Biopic of McNamara by SMann November 15, 2004 - 1:33 PM PST
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I never knew much about McNamara before, and this not only gives a broad sweep of his career but also gives you a glimpse into McNamara as a human being, and his own mannerisms and words speak volumes about his strengths and weaknesses.

Intense, educational, at times stunning by mfritzel July 23, 2004 - 3:38 PM PDT
9 out of 9 members found this review helpful
I don't think listening to R. McNamara speak for 90 minutes could possibly be more entertaining unless he was drunk. His stories are told with the charm of your favorite professor and the insight of a man who made some of the bloodiest decisions in the history of war. He shows what seems to be his human side at times but is constantly sly and deceptive. He admits he would be rightfully tried as a war criminal had Japan won WWII. Even if you hate him, it's hard to disagree with his lessons, the most important of which are being ignored by the current US administration. The doc is visually interesting throughout, is surprisingly fun to watch, and gripping for a documentary monologue.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 8.05)
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something like documentary
personal, experimental, and beautiful films that (i think) smartly challenge the conventions of documentary
spread yourself out
excellent documentaries

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