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Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara, (2003) - movie overview

Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara, (2003)

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Release Date
 USA: Dec 19, 2003
 UK: 27 Oct 2003
DVD Release Date
 R2: 23 Aug 2004

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Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara, Website

MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for images and thematic issues of war and destruction.

Running Time
1 hour, 35 minutes

Country USA

Studio @ Radical.Media, Globe Department Store, SenArt

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Other Titles
• Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara,
• The Fog of War
• The McNamara Project
• The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons of Robert S. McNamara



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Genre: Documentary, Political, Military, Biography, World War II, Society

Plot: IN THEATRES: DECEMBER 19, 2003 (NY/LA)

Documentary expert Errol Morris directs THE FOG OF WAR, a captivating look at Robert S. McNamara, who served as the Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. The movie does not exclusively focus on this part of McNamara's career, however, and instead gives a broad overview of the man he was, his multitude of roles--a Harvard Business School graduate, a Colonel in the Air Force during WWII, president of Ford Motor Company--and his opinions on a variety of historical topics. Inspired by two books written by McNamara--IN RETROSPECT (1995) and WILSON'S GHOST (2001)--Morris gives McNamara a forum to talk about the decisions he made and the influence he had during his career. At the age of 85, McNamara has gained necessary perspective to do just that. Sharp as a tack, packed with charisma, and generally fascinating, McNamara easily carries the film with his revealing interviews. Meanwhile, Morris' use of archival footage along with with maps and other effective visual aids add context to McNamara's commentary. Finally, Philip Glass's ominous pulsing score gives the film's important subject matter the gravity it deserves.

This movie screened in October 2003 as part of the 41st New York Film Festival organized by

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 Directed by
Errol Morris
The Thin Blue Line, Fast, Cheap & Out of Control, A Brief History of Time
 Written by
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John F. Kennedy
The House of Yes, Grass, Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry
Fidel Castro
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Lyndon Johnson
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Errol Morris
Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr., Film-Fest DVD: Issue 3 - Toronto, The Thin Blue Line
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 Music By
Philip Glass
Secret Window, Taking Lives, Koyaanisqatsi



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