Fog of War

A documentary film by Errol Morris, interviewing Robert McNamara.

Summary

The Fog of War (December 9, 2003)

Release Date: December 9, 2003
Starring: Robert McNamara, Errol Morris, Fidel Castro, Barry Goldwater
Genres: War, Documentary, History
Runtime: 95 min
Original Title: The Fog of War
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: SenArt Films, RadicalMedia
Using archival footage, United States Cabinet conversation recordings, and an interview of the 85-year-old Robert McNamara, THE FOG OF WAR depicts his life, from working as a WWII whiz kid military officer, to being the Ford Motor Company's president, to managing the American Vietnam War, as defense secretary for presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

Cast The Fog of War

  • Robert McNamara
  • Role: Himself
  • Errol Morris
  • Role: Himself
  • Fidel Castro
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)
  • Barry Goldwater
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)
  • Nikita Khrushchev
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)
  • Curtis LeMay
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)
  • Richard Nixon
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)
  • Harry Reasoner
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Role: Himself (voice) (archive footage)
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)

Trailer The Fog of War

This is an incredible film, truly remarkable in its complexity. Here are Mr. McNamara’s 11 lessons on the nature of war:

  1. Empathize with your enemy.
  2. Rationality will not save us.
  3. There’s something beyond one’s self.
  4. Maximize efficiency.
  5. Proportionality should be a guideline of war.
  6. Get the data.
  7. Belief and seeing are both often wrong.
  8. Be prepared to reexamine your reasoning.
  9. In order to do good, you may have to engage in evil.
  10. Never say never.
  11. You can’t change human nature.

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