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

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Writers:
Alex Gibney (written by)
Christopher Hitchens (inspired by the book "The Trial of Henry Kissinger")
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9 April 2003 (Germany) See more »
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A film about the war crimes of the American diplomat, Henry Kissinger. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Brian Cox ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna Chennault ... Herself
Amy Goodman ... Herself
Alexander Haig ... Himself
Seymour Hersh ... Himself (author)

Christopher Hitchens ... Himself
Barbara Howar ... Herself

Henry Kissinger ... Himself (also archive footage)
Michael Korda ... Himself (Editor-in-Chief, Simon & Schuster)

Lewis Lapham ... Himself (Editor, Harper's Magazine)
Geoffrey Robertson ... Himself (Human Rights Lawyer)
William Safire ... Himself (New York Times)
René Schneider Jr. ... Himself
Michael Tigar ... Himself (Professor of Law)
Salvador Allende ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Belushi ... Henry Kissinger (archive footage) (uncredited)
Leonid Brezhnev ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gerald Ford ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hubert H. Humphrey ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Duc Tho Le ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Zedong Mao ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Pat Nixon ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Augusto Pinochet ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gilda Radner ... Baba Wawa (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dan Rather ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Nelson Rockefeller ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Norodom Sihanouk ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Earl Warren ... Himself (swears in Nixon) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Eugene Jarecki 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alex Gibney  written by
Christopher Hitchens  inspired by the book "The Trial of Henry Kissinger"

Produced by
Roy Ackerman .... executive producer
Jennie Amias .... associate producer
Alex Gibney .... producer
David Holbrooke .... co-producer
Eugene Jarecki .... producer
Susan Motamed .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Peter Nashel 
 
Cinematography by
Greg Andracke 
Mark Benjamin 
Gary Grieg 
Christopher Li 
Brett Wiley 
 
Film Editing by
Simon Barker 
Sosse Misserlian 
 
Production Management
Belinda Clasem .... production manager
Belinda Clasen .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Jim Gilchrist .... sound
Roger Phenix .... sound
 
Editorial Department
Nick Fraser .... commissioning editor: BBC
 
Other crew
Mikaela Beardsley .... researcher
Claudia Becker .... production associate
Nicola Behrman .... production associate
Danny Cohen .... researcher
Salimah El-Amin .... film researcher
Roger Kass .... legal counsel
Damion Lawyer .... production assistant
Nicholas Lorden .... production assistant (as Nick Lorden)
Melinda Shopsin .... film researcher
Melinda Shopsin .... production coordinator
Robert Stein .... legal services
 

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80 min
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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Food for thought, 6 November 2004
Author: FilmOtaku (ssampon@hotmail.com) from Milwaukee, WI

'The Trials of Henry Kissinger', directed by Eugene Jarecki and written by Alex Gibney (adapted from Christopher Hitchens' book) is definitely a film that, if it were actually given a wide enough audience, would provoke some fairly strong reactions. Not knowing a lot about Kissinger other than he is a successful and generally well-respected American diplomat, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I knew that the subject matter would be fairly inflammatory.

My assumption was correct, and the film provides some very compelling facts that aren't just food for thought; it is a veritable feast. Essentially, Kissinger is accused of, throughout his career, orchestrating actions and events that not only make him appear to be egotistical and Machiavellian, but basically a war criminal as well. Among the many topics covered in this 80 minute documentary are Kissinger's rise to prominence, the bombing of Cambodia, his involvement with the genocide in East Timor and the coup in Chile. Kissinger's rise hit a crescendo during the Nixon administration, and while Alexander Haig is still staunchly supportive of him, others such as William Safire are calling him a liar and criminal on camera. I have not read Hitchens' book of the same name, (though I am familiar with his work with the publication Vanity Fair) but if the excellent research in 'The Trials of Henry Kissinger' is any indication, the book must be an intelligent and compelling one worth looking at.

I am honestly not remotely familiar enough with the events and topics that were raised to form a solid enough opinion regarding Kissinger himself, but 'The Trials of Henry Kissinger' serves as a well-researched and thorough primer regarding Kissinger's rise and involvement in said events and topics.

The film also gets my greatest stamp of approval – I want to dig deeper into this subject so that I CAN form an opinion, and 'The Trials of Henry Kissinger' is the reason behind this need for further research. Inflammatory, but extremely thought-provoking, 'The Trials of Henry Kissinger' is a film that should be viewed. 8/10

Shelly

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