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The Fog of War

Robert McNamara in a scene from Errol Morris' "The Fog of War."


Robert McNamara


Errol Morris

Release Date:

December 19th, 2003 (LA/NY).

MPAA Rating:

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


Sony Pictures Classics


THE FOG OF WAR is a 20th century fable, a Horatio Alger story of an American dreamer who rose from humble origins to the heights of political power. Robert McNamara was witness to many of the crucial events of the 20th century: the crippling Depression of the 1930s; the industrialization of the war years; the construction of the most complex war machine in history, the B-29; his involvement in a new idea of corporate management and a new American meritocracy. He is also an idealist who saw his dreams and ideals horribly challenged by the role he has played in history.

Although strictly speaking, neither a work of biography nor a work of history, THE FOG OF WAR has produced important, new biographical and historical material. Directed by Errol Morris ("Thin Blue Line," "Fast Cheap & Out of Control") the film was produced by Morris, Michael Williams and Julie Ahlberg. Philip Glass composed the original score.
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