Fog Of War

Directed By: Errol Morris

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Great Documentary, interesting & revealing!

by Joe Lopez on 11/27/2012

Had seen part of this before on TV, but had 2 have it for my collection. Very graphic & candid interviews & film coverage.- revealed interesting facts I was previously unaware of. I can see why it won an Academy Award. Having served in the military during the Vietnam era & losing a brother there, I could directly relate.

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The story of america as seen through the eyes of former secretary of defense, robert mcnamara. One of the most controversial and influential figures in world politics, he takes us on an insider's journey through many of the seminal events of the 20th century.


Studio Sony
SKU 40239840
UPC 043396019164
UPC 14 00043396019164
Format DVD
Release Date 5/1/2007
Rating Rating
American History
Archival Footage
Cold War
Essential Cinema
Historic Events
Military (Usa)
Theatrical Release
Vietnam War
World War II
Editors Note
Note Documentarian 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, loaded with charisma, and generally fascinating, McNamara easily carries the film with his revealing interviews. Meanwhile, Morris's use of archival footage--along with maps and other effective visual aids--add context to McNamara's commentary, and Philip Glass's ominous, pulsing score gives the film's important subject matter the gravity it deserves.
Film Comment "...The vivid formal touches that infuse FAST, CHEAP & OUT OF CONTROL are [here]..." 11/01/2003 p.73-4
Rolling Stone "...It will knock you for a loop like no other movie this year..." 12/25/2003 p.118
Entertainment Weekly "...A stunning portrait of Robert S. McNamara....His answers to questions about war and peace build, via Morris' compositional artistry, to an exquisite peak of ambiguity and remorse..." 12/19/2003 p.55
New York Times "[A] sober, beautifully edited documentary portrait of the former United States defense secretary Robert S. McNamara." 12/19/2003 p.E13
Los Angeles Times "Never one to shy away from challenges, Morris has come up with one of the best documentaries of this or any year." 12/19/2003 p.C20
USA Today "[With] fly-on-the-wall recollections by a subject who can bring history alive..." 12/19/2003 p.7E
Sight and Sound "THE FOG OF WAR is handsomely assembled..." 04/01/2004 p.49
Uncut "[T]he old Cold Warrior seizes what may prove to be his last chance to make peace with history. Riveting." 09/01/2004 p.138
Wall Street Journal "McNamara] spoke straight to the camera at the age of 85 in Errol Morris's haunting, troubling documentary." 03/12/2010
Errol Morris
Name Mcnamara,Robert
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Cast & Crew
Errol Morris - Director
Errol Morris, et al. - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 01916
UPC 00043396019164
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 107 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Oscar (2004) Errol Morris, et al., Winner, Best Documentary
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Mcnamara,Robert
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Bruce Handy, VANITY FAIR Astonishing, mesmerizing, and sometimes horrifying! Chilling on so many levels.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone It will knock your for a loop like no other movie this year!

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