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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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Release Date:
16 January 2014 (Italy) See more »
Tagline:
Why is this man smiling? See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
2 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Masterpiece of Propaganda (Contains strong vocabulary). See more (24 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
Joshua Kearney .... associate producer
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
Kim Codner .... painter (as Kim Nelson)
Romina Diaz-Brarda .... painter (as Paula Diaz-Brarda)
Lori Hruska .... painter
Cameron Keiber .... set dresser
Leif Larsen .... construction coordinator
Alexandra Mann .... art department assistant
Butch McCarthy .... on set dresser
Steve McNulty .... construction coordinator
Gabor Medveczky .... set dresser
Lisa Nagid .... buyer
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
Jesse Morrow .... visual effects artist
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
 
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
 
Location Management
Karen Stark .... location manager
 
Music Department
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator
Steve Bartek .... supervising orchestrator
Joris Bartsch Buhle .... conductor
T.J. Lindgren .... additional arrangements
Greg Maloney .... score technical engineer
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
Zachary K. Lazar .... stage manager (as Zach Lazar)
Zachary K. Lazar .... studio manager (as Zach Lazar)
Alexandra Mann .... art department assistant
Herbert Mayer .... production assistant
Greta Methot .... production assistant
Sabbah Nory .... security
Tim Oliver .... production assistant
Christopher L. Perez .... clearance counsel
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
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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103 min
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41 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
A Masterpiece of Propaganda (Contains strong vocabulary)., 15 April 2014
Author: Hans Fredrik Lauritzen from Norway

This "amazing" documentary proves once more how the true potential of journalism and cinematography is utterly ravished by a point of view that simply uses rhetorical and inverse vocabulary and even lame psychology to explain the reasons why Neo-conservatism was right even though they were not. Clearly this person makes me hate Mr. Rumsfeld more than I already did. Now I have a totally new look towards him. Of more anger, betrayal and hatred. To a person that justified a war preemptively and then says that unknown known f*cking sh*t, to justify why he had to do it and, how innocent he is?

This is the lowest form of politeness I have reached in all my years. But after studying geopolitics, I find this documentary insulting to all those who lost their lives. To all the mothers who lost their sons. To all those kids who lost their fathers, and to all those innocent kids who are still dying in the name of "freedom" and echo of what these men have done.

Mr Rumsfeld f**k you very much.

H.F. Lauritzen

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