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The Unknown Known -- A portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War, and a larger-than-life character who provoked equal levels of fury and adulation from the American public.
The Unknown Known -- Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

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16 January 2014 (Italy) See more »
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Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003. | Add synopsis »
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6 nominations See more »
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Interesting due to the focus and subject, but not much beyond this and generally disappointingly unrevealing See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Donald Rumsfeld ... Himself

Errol Morris ... Himself - Interviewer (voice)

Directed by
Errol Morris 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Errol Morris 

Produced by
Julie Ahlberg .... contributing producer
Zach Arnold .... associate producer
Amanda Branson Gill .... producer
Josh Braun .... executive producer
Mike Charlton .... producer: Baghdad
David Diliberto .... line producer
Ali El Chami .... producer: Baghdad
Robert Fernandez .... producer
Julian Hobbs .... executive producer
Josh Kearney .... associate producer (as Joshua Kearney)
James Maxwell Larkin .... associate producer
Errol Morris .... producer
Wisam Sami Nasik .... field producer: Baghdad
Ann Petrone .... co-producer
Molly Thompson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Danny Elfman 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Chappell 
 
Film Editing by
Steven Hathaway 
 
Production Design by
Jeremy Landman 
 
Art Direction by
Eugenia Magann Haynes 
 
Set Decoration by
Melissa Cooperman 
 
Makeup Department
Sherryn Smith .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Tim Collins .... assistant production supervisor
Lori Hornung .... production supervisor
Dina Marie Piscatelli .... production supervisor
Alex Wayne .... assistant production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt O'Shea .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Joseph Barillaro .... on set scenic
Daniel Brisson .... carpenter
Rhea Bundrant .... key art assistant
Danica Chipman .... draper
Paula Diaz-Brarda .... painter
Lori Hruska .... painter
Cameron Keiber .... set dresser
Leif Larsen .... construction coordinator
Butch McCarthy .... on set dresser
Steve McNulty .... construction coordinator
Gabor Medveczky .... set dresser
Lisa Nagid .... buyer
Kim Nelson .... painter
Julia Nemerow .... painter
Timothy Rowcroft .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Phil Barrie .... dialogue editor
Stephen Bores .... production sound mixer
Joel Dougherty .... sound designer
Joel Dougherty .... sound re-recording mixer
G. John Garrett .... production sound mixer
Skip Lievsay .... sound re-recording mixer
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Judson Bell .... special effects coordinator
Scott Petrino .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Erin Clark .... cg artist
Mark A. Davis .... compositor
Lauren Dellara .... visual effects assistant
Tiffany Germann .... roto artist
Caleb Hecht .... cg artist
Hilery Johnson .... compositor
Paul Sangwoo Kim .... designer
Andy Lewis .... cg artist
Andrew McKenna .... visual effects supervisor
Bruno Parenti .... compositor
Hameed Shaukat .... visual effects and graphics producer
Hameed Shaukat .... visual effects producer
Catherine M. Shaw .... roto artist
Robert Shaw .... roto artist
Kirk Shintani .... cg supervisor
Jennifer Sofio .... visual effects executive producer
Maciek Sokalski .... compositor
Matthew Sousa .... compositor
Vivian Su .... cg artist
Alicia Suggs .... compositor
Frantz Vidal .... cg artist
Jay Warren .... digital intermediates visual effects producer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Carlos Bermudez .... gaffer
Brian Beverly .... key grip
Malachi Bibel .... best boy grip
Eric Boyle .... key grip
Jan Burgess .... second assistant camera
Mark J. Casey .... gaffer
Joe Christofori .... first assistant camera
Robert Cuddy .... best boy electric
Geoff Dann .... gaffer
Scott D. Davis .... gaffer
Mike DeCristofaro .... best boy electric
Joshua Dreyfus .... key grip
Eric Engler .... best boy electric
Jamie Fitzpatrick .... b camera operator
Jamie Fitzpatrick .... second assistant camera
William L. Flanagan .... best boy grip
Michael Guerra .... gaffer
Mauricio Gutierrez .... digital imaging technician
Jeff Hamel .... gaffer
Christian J. Hollyer .... second assistant camera
Mary Anne Janke .... first assistant camera
John R. Kaplan .... best boy grip
Patrick Kelly .... first assistant camera
David Kudrowitz .... digital imaging technician
Damon Lemay .... first assistant camera
Patrick Longman .... aerial cinematographer
Patrick Longman .... helicopter camera operator
Clinton McMahon .... best boy grip
David Puopolo .... journeyman grip
Steve Sherrick .... digital imaging technician
Scott Smith .... helicopter camera operator
Travis Trudell .... third electric
Jill Tufts .... b camera operator
Jared Washburn .... second assistant camera
David Weber .... digital imaging technician
 
Animation Department
Sean Carroll .... digital artist
Alan Yi-Jen Chen .... animator
Brian Do .... animator
Steven Do .... lead animator
Tony Kandalaft .... animator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fairlie Myers .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Mandy Arnold .... digital intermediate editor
Kim Bica .... contributing editor
Andrew Hegele .... marketing editor
Morning Star Schott .... digital intermediate producer
 
Music Department
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator
Steve Bartek .... supervising orchestrator
Joris Bartsch Buhle .... conductor
T.J. Lindgren .... additional arrangements
Shie Rozow .... music editor
Tom Russbueldt .... pro tools operator
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer
Edgardo Simone .... orchestrator
David Slonaker .... orchestrator
Noah Scot Snyder .... music scoring mixer
Rainer Wolters .... orchestra leader
 
Other crew
Joe Achard .... production assistant
David E. Adkins .... production assistant
Mostafa Adnan .... security
Adam Aslan .... production assistant
Tim Barker .... production assistant
Paul Barth .... helicopter pilot
Rick Beausoleil .... stage manager
Guillaume Bernardeau .... production assistant
Drew Bierut .... production assistant
Phil Burns .... teleprompter operator
Tom Canaday .... production assistant
Jane Eisensmith .... craft service
Ali El Chami .... production coordinator
Julie Fischer .... researcher
Carol Flaisher .... production coordinator
Joan Ganon .... script supervisor
Nick Giannino .... production assistant
David Godbout .... production assistant
Chad Goyette .... production assistant
Peter Grossman .... production counsel
Josh Halpern .... production assistant
Adam Hamilton .... production assistant
Amy Hanes .... helicopter coordinator
Dave Keaney .... elevator technician
Jonathan Kobs .... teleprompter operator
Zach Lanoe .... production assistant
Kevin LaRosa .... helicopter pilot
Zach Lazar .... stage manager
Zach Lazar .... studio manager
Alexandra Mann .... art production assistant
Herbert Mayer .... production assistant
Greta Methot .... production assistant
Sabbah Nory .... security
Tim Oliver .... production assistant
Ann Petrone .... archival research supervisor
Herb Polack .... production coordinator
Lisa Remington .... production coordinator
Yvonne Rolzhausen .... researcher
Luay Saady .... security
Anmar Sabeeh .... security
Reid Savage .... production assistant
David Schisgall .... story consultant
Karen 'Skip' Skinner .... production office coordinator
Cassidy Spiess .... production assistant
Karen Stark .... location manager
Charles Swazey .... art production assistant
Nancy Swenton .... production coordinator
Alex Terrill .... production assistant
Geoff Wallick .... production assistant
Molly Wasser .... production assistant
Fabien Westerhoff .... worldwide sales: Hanway Films
Suhair Yassean .... security
Steve York .... art production assistant
 
Thanks
Nubar Alexanian .... special thanks
Karen Ballard .... special thanks
John Battsek .... special thanks
Seymour Baxter .... special thanks
Benjamin Berman .... special thanks
Mark Danner .... special thanks
Elsa Dorfman .... special thanks
Roger Ebert .... in memory of
Laura Engel .... special thanks
Linda Figura .... special thanks
Brad Fuller .... special thanks
Barton Gellman .... special thanks
Bradley Graham .... special thanks
Gary Greenberg .... special thanks
Alfred Guzzetti .... special thanks
Kassem Hawal .... special thanks
Wayne Humphrey .... special thanks
Dennis Jakob .... special thanks
Kathy Jones .... special thanks
George Kalogerakis .... special thanks
Jeffrey Kling .... special thanks
Richard Kraft .... special thanks
Jeff Krulik .... special thanks
Martin Levin .... special thanks
Terri Levin .... special thanks
Sam Loewenberg .... special thanks
Ben Lynn .... special thanks
James Moffat .... special thanks
Dan Mooney .... special thanks
Walter Murch .... special thanks
Cullen Murphy .... special thanks
Luke Nichter .... special thanks
Joshua Oppenheimer .... special thanks
Vince Palamara .... special thanks
Nancy Rappaport .... special thanks
Reid Rosefelt .... special thanks
Ron Rosenbaum .... special thanks
Frederick Willie Russe .... special thanks
Thomas Schelling .... special thanks
Matthew Sheehy .... special thanks
Buffy Shutt .... special thanks
Charles Silver .... special thanks
Harvey A. Silverglate .... special thanks
Susan Strange .... special thanks
Grant Surmi .... special thanks
Sambo Teng .... special thanks
Lawrence Weschler .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images and brief nudity
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Interesting due to the focus and subject, but not much beyond this and generally disappointingly unrevealing, 10 May 2014
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Having very much enjoyed the similarly framed Fog Of War, I was of course very curious to see Donald Rumsfeld undergo the same sort of film since in his case his actions have been very much within my lifetime but of course most relevantly in the post-9/11 world. I recall that his frequent ducking and diving with the press during Afghanistan and Iraq saw him to be very nimble on his feet but also prone to flat out denial of things that certainly appeared to be true unless you took an absolute stand on the very specific point of definition. The film starts with Rumsfeld's love of the memo, of which thousands exist, and we jump back through his political career, with the first hour spent pre-Bus administration before the second half circles back very much to the 00's and his role as Defense Secretary.

In terms of the ground it covers, the film is inherently interesting and it does at least provide a concise walk through things, with the odd aspect that I was not fully aware. It achieves this not because the film is really interesting, but just because it covers the events and these in themselves are interesting. It helps to understand the players (as many will) but not too much, since the film really will do little for those that know the subject inside out. In terms of the type of reflection and investigation of Fog of War, forget it, none is here and Rumsfeld has no intention of straying from the line he has walked thus far. This makes the film ultimately disappointing – not because I wanted the film to "get him" or reveal him, but just because there is really nothing here to add to the hours of cspan and controlled statements over the past decade.

If the film could be said to reveal anything, it is that it reveals the steadfastness and the unwillingness to publicly reflect of Rumsfeld – he grins his way through the film, providing unconvincing defenses of anything put to him and quick to argue even on things about the specific meaning of his "known unknowns" speech. It is a great performance in that regard and the film only reveals how deep entrenched it is. Is this a surprise though? Is it enough to really consider enough to justify the film to find that a man who is a career politician is very good at politics? I think not and ultimately, although the focus of the film inherently provides material of interest, it does little to add to it or to get anywhere that could be said to revealing, insightful or to have made this specific film worthwhile.

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