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Path to War (2002)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  18 May 2002 (USA)
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In the mid-1960s, President Johnson and his foreign-policy team debate the decision to withdraw from or escalate the war in Vietnam.

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A portrayal of the Johnson presidency and its spiraling descent into the Vietnam War. Acting on often conflicting advice from his Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara and other advisers, President Johnson finds his domestic policy agenda for the Great Society overtaken by an ever demanding commitment to ending the war. It also depicts his political skills as he crosses swords with political foes such as Bobby Kennedy and Governor George Wallace. Despite support and encouragement from stalwart friends such as Clark Clifford, Johnson realizes his management of the war no longer has the confidence of the American people and announces that he will not seek the nomination of the Democratic party for the the 1968 election. Written by garykmcd

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While one war was being fought in Vietnam another was being fought in the White House. See more »

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The extensive historical research for this film resulted in a script with a five-page, single-spaced bibliography. See more »

Quotes

Dean Rusk, Secretary of State: [Looking at the fighter jet escort next to Air Force One] Are they ours? Dean, Dean!
Dean Rusk, Secretary of State: Are they ours?
Lyndon Baines Johnson: I sure fuckin' hope so.
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Featured in The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2003) See more »

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Hey There
Written by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross
Performed by Michael Asher
Instrumental version played at cocktail party.
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If you have ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes of sending our young men to war .... then this film gives us a terrific insight ... it is well worth watching
19 May 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Hire it, buy it or borrow it .... a timely film worth watching especially in our current world situation. This film gives a great insight into the passions, feelings and sometimes great frustrations behind the decisions that are made in times of conflict. I have it on good authority that this particular film is reasonably accurate, although i'm sure some usual Hollywood Cliché's have found their way into the script. What i found particularly sad was to learn that President Lyndon B Johnson, unfortunately passed away just days prior to the announcement of the end of the Vietnam war. I am sure that this film will evoke some pretty extraordinary emotional feelings, mainly due to the current world conflicts, especially in the Middle East.


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