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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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Alex Gibney (written by)
Christopher Hitchens (book)
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9 April 2003 (Germany) See more »
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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
Alex Gibney (written by)

Christopher Hitchens (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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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Kissinger on Trial (well, he should be!), 16 December 2002
Author: CommieTT from Seattle, Washington

The news of Henry Kissinger being selected to head the commission to investigate the Sept. 11 attacks makes seeing the new documentary, `The Trials of Henry Kissinger,' required viewing.

Based on a book by Christopher Hitchins, the film shows many former Kissinger supporters - including Nixon speech-writer, William Safire - calling the former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State secretive, a liar and even a war criminal.

Kissinger's Cold War schemes of bombing Cambodia, the genocidal invasion of East Timor by Indonesia and the coup and related atrocities in Chile are all well researched in this 80 minute film.

One of the many documentary interviewees is René Schneider Jr. His father, Gen. René Schneider, was head of the Chilean military when Allende was first elected. The general was killed during an attempt to kidnap him, as he was staunchly committed to the constitution, and would not bow to a coup against Allende. Evidence points to Kissinger directing that botched kidnapping.

Near the end of the film, Schneider is asked if he planned to press charges against Kissinger for his role. His response was, `we are considering it.' The date when charges finally were first reported in the //New York Times// was Sept. 11, 2001. The $3 million civil suit against Kissinger quickly faded into the background in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

With Kissinger to chair the Sept. 11 probe, things appear to have come full circle now.

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