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The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002)

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A film about the war crimes of the American diplomat, Henry Kissinger.


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Credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Himself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna Chennault ...
Amy Goodman ...
Alexander Haig ...
Himself (author)
Barbara Howar ...
Michael Korda ...
Himself (Editor-in-Chief, Simon & Schuster)
Himself (Editor, Harper's Magazine)
Geoffrey Robertson ...
Himself (Human Rights Lawyer)
William Safire ...
Himself (New York Times)
René Schneider Jr. ...
Michael Tigar ...
Himself (Professor of Law)


Part contemporary investigation and part historical inquiry, documentary follows the quest of one journalist in search of justice. The film focuses on Christopher Hitchens' charges against Henry Kissinger as a war criminal - allegations documented in Hitchens' book of the same title - based on his role in countries such as Cambodia, Chile, and Indonesia. Kissinger's story raises profound questions about American foreign policy and highlights a new era of human rights. Increasing evidence about one man's role in a long history of human rights abuses leads to a critical examination of American diplomacy through the lens of international standards of justice. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Release Date:

7 May 2003 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Angeklagt: Henry Kissinger  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$14,667 (USA) (27 September 2002)


$515,678 (USA) (13 June 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »


Mr. Big Stuff
Performed by Jean Knight
Played during the segment discussing Kissinger's celebrity status
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Best film doc of 2002
4 March 2003 | by (Roanoke, Va.) – See all my reviews

This is the way a documentary should be done! I like it much more than "Bowling For Columbine," which doesn't fully justify its' positions as well as this film does. The filmmaker here interviews people from all sides of the political spectrum to illustrate why this man who seems so likeable in the public eye is in fact responsible for the most secretive, heinous attrocities in modern American history. The film also offers a disturbing portrait of American foreign policy and is made more poignant by the climate of current events. Clearly, one also has to wonder how we can justify bringing people like Radovan Karadic for heinous war crimes when we have such criminals in our own backyard. And, if we truly are the policemen of the world, then maybe it's time we clean up the force. Very good film. Should be considered the best of 2002, with "The Two Towns of Jasper" a close second.

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