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The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara ()


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The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara.

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 16 nominations.
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Errol Morris

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Julie Ahlberg ... producer
Robert Fernandez ... co-producer
Jon Kamen ... executive producer
Adam Kosberg ... associate producer
Jack Lechner ... executive producer
Robert May ... executive producer
Errol Morris ... producer
Ann Petrone ... associate producer
Frank Scherma ... executive producer
John Sloss ... executive producer
Michael Williams ... producer

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Philip Glass ... (original music by)

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Robert Chappell ... director of photography (as Bob Chappell)
Peter Donahue ... director of photography

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Doug Abel ... (edited by)
Chyld King ... (edited by)
Karen Schmeer ... (edited by)

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Eric Alvarado ... digital intermediate systems colorist
Steven Hathaway ... associate editor
Peter Heady ... high definition on-line editor
Fred Heid ... color timer
Danny Hogan ... editorial assistant: io (as Dan Hogan)
Tom Karras ... colorist assistant
Dan Mooney ... associate editor (as Daniel Mooney)
Benjamin Murray ... digital intermediate titling
Charles Silver ... editorial consultant
Joe Violante ... coordinator: Technicolor
Tricia Wilk ... post-production assistant

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Ted Bafaloukos
Steve Hardie

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Liz Chiz

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Donyale McRae ... make-up
Maria Scali ... makeup: interviews

Production Management

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Tonya Bertram ... production supervisor
Brad Fuller ... post production supervisor
Sarah Gold ... production supervisor: China
Dia Sokol Savage ... production supervisor (as Dia Sokol)
Ben Schneider ... production supervisor: Berlin shoot (uncredited)
Ronald Vietz ... production manager: Germany (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Lennie Appelquist ... first assistant director (uncredited)

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Jennifer Ho ... art department coordinator
Steve McNulty ... art director: interviews
Gary Shartsis ... property master
Chris Tragert ... prop assistant
Daniel Turk ... construction coordinator (as Dan Turk)
Jim Utter ... leadman

Sound Department

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Coll Anderson ... supervising sound editor
Dan Bora ... additional engineer
Stephen Bores ... production sound mixer: interviews (as Steve Bores)
Brian Bowles ... dialogue editor
Hector Castillo ... recording engineer
Lee Dichter ... re-recording mixer
Sean Garnhart ... sound effects editor
Harry Higgins ... recordist
Terrance Laudermilch ... recordist (as Terry Laudermilch)
Ichiho Nishiki ... technical assistant
Tom Paul ... sound designer
Christian Rutledge ... production assistant: sound department
Marilyn Teorey ... assistant sound editor
Sean Garnhart ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Daniel Perlin ... sound effects editor (uncredited)

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Robin Hobart ... visual effects supervisor
Zachary Morong ... 3D animator
Evan Olson ... animation / visual effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Sumaya Agha ... still photographer: interviews
Martin Albert ... gaffer: interviews
Dave Cambria ... gaffer: interviews
Steve Cardellini ... key grip
John Cardoni ... gaffer
Tim Carr ... key grip
Joe Christofori ... first camera assistant: interviews
Greg Daniels ... first assistant camera
Elsa Dorfman ... portrait photographer: interviews
Claire Folger ... still photographer: interviews
Aaron Kaikko ... video assistant
Roger Marbury ... key grip: interviews
Robert Ragozzine ... first assistant camera (as Bob Ragozzine)
John Raugalis ... gaffer (as John Ragaulis)
Daisy Smith ... second assistant camera
Timothy M. Sweeney ... second camera assistant: interviews (as Tim Sweeney)
Peter Thomas ... gaffer
Brett Van Ort ... second assistant camera
Frans Wetterings III ... best boy: interviews (as Frans Weterrings)
Billy Witherington ... best boy grip (as Bill Witherington)
Eric Zimmerman ... first assistant camera
Glenn Corbett ... best boy (uncredited)
Tyrone Hoogendyk ... dolly grip: Germany (uncredited)
Charlie Newberry ... camera loader: Washington D.C. (uncredited)
Mark Walpole ... second assistant camera: Washington D.C. (uncredited)

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Eddie Marquez ... wardrobe
Critter Pierce ... wardrobe assistant
Julie Vogel ... wardrobe

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John Cefalu ... location manager
Dan Kemp ... location manager
John Latenser V ... location manager

Music Department

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Cat Celebrezze ... associate music producer
Don Christiansen ... producer: CD soundtrack
Jim Keller ... executive music producer
John Kusiak ... additional music
Nico Muhly ... score preparation
Kurt Munkacsi ... music producer
Ichiho Nishiki ... music assistant
Michael Riesman ... musical director
Christian Rutledge ... music production coordinator: musician contractor (uncredited)

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Christian Akers ... production assistant
Jamie Anschultz ... production assistant
Heidi August ... production accountant
Sarah Belanger ... intern
Kara Bilof ... studio manager
James Blight ... special advisor
Paul Brennan ... production counsel: Sloss Law Office
Karen Corsica ... production coordinator: interviews
Jeff Crocker ... research assistant (as Jeffery Crocker)
Matthew Davey ... laser film recording: Arri
Christopher Fadale ... technical supervisor: interviews (as Chris Fadale)
Joe Harley ... intern
Kevin Hayes ... production coordinator
Peter Heady ... io data editorial
Paul Hu ... photo: McNamara and Nguyen Co Thach
Jeff Huston ... laser film recording: Arri
Claire Jones ... research assistant
Chris Kasick ... assistant to the director (as Chris 'Ox' Kasick)
Katherine Kim ... intern
Jason Kohn ... research assistant
Alex Kreuter ... graphics supervisor
Jeff Krulik ... research assistant
Janet Lang ... special advisor
Paul Loram ... research assistant
Justin Milner ... intern
Nico Muhly ... assistant: to Philip Glass & Michael Riesman
Ann Petrone ... archival research supervisor
Dina Marie Piscatelli ... production coordinator
Luke Poling ... production assistant
Andy Rice ... research assistant
Justin Rice ... assistant to the director
Ben Schneider ... assistant to production
Julia Sheehan ... special advisor
John Sloss ... production counsel: Sloss Law Office
Tim Spitzer ... executive producer: HD & data services
Shawn Tabor ... military consultant / research assistant
Jared Washburn ... office production assistant

Thanks

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James Blight ... acknowledgment: archival footage and photographs provided by
Tim Bono ... special thanks
John Canaday ... special thanks
Jonny Cranson ... special thanks
Frances Fitzgerald ... special thanks
Ellen Fitzpatrick ... special thanks
Chris Florio ... special thanks
Deborah Fortson ... special thanks
Jim Gardner ... special thanks
Jane Gillooly ... special thanks
Harvey Goldberg ... in memory of: University of Wisconsin history professor
Alfred Guzzetti ... special thanks
Peter Hall ... special thanks
Alison Harris ... special thanks
Steven Harris ... special thanks
Paul Jankowski ... special thanks
Caroline Kaplan ... very special thanks
Alice Kelikian ... special thanks
Craig McNamara ... acknowledgment: archival footage and photographs provided by / special thanks
George L. Mosse ... in memory of: University of Wisconsin history professor
Jamie Mylar ... special thanks
Tom O'Malley ... special thanks
Kenn Rabin ... special thanks
Deborah Ricketts ... special thanks
Ron Rosenbaum ... special thanks
Jay Rubin ... special thanks
Elizabeth Sadoff ... special thanks
Jonathan Sehring ... very special thanks
Gary Stern ... special thanks
Rosemary Taylor ... special thanks
Kathryn Tucker ... special thanks
Patricia Vanderbeek ... special thanks
Lawrence Waschler ... special thanks
Lewis D. Wheeler ... special thanks (as Lewis Wheeler)
Bonnie Willette ... special thanks
Kyla Wilson ... special thanks
Dino Zervos ... special thanks
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Former corporate whiz kid Robert McNamara was the controversial Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, during the height of the Vietnam War. This Academy Award-winning documentary, augmented by archival footage, gives the conflicted McNamara a platform on which he attempts to confront his and the U.S. government's actions in Southeast Asia in light of the horrors of modern warfare, the end of ideology and the punitive judgment of history. Written by Jwelch5742

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Also Known As
  • The McNamara Project (United States)
  • The Fog of War (United States)
  • The Fog of War (World-wide, English title)
  • Brume de guerre (France)
  • Rumores de guerra (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 107 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $41,449, 21 Dec 2003

Did You Know?

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Trivia The "Eleven Lessons" listed in the film are as follows: * 1. Empathize with your enemy. * 2. Rationality will not save us. * 3. There's something beyond one's self. * 4. Maximize efficiency. * 5. Proportionality should be a guideline in war. * 6. Get the data. * 7. Belief and seeing are both often wrong. * 8. Be prepared to reexamine your reasoning. * 9. In order to do good, you may have to engage in evil. * 10. Never say never. * 11. You can't change human nature. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Cheaper by the Dozen/The Company/Calendar Girls/Big Fish/The Fog of War (2003). See more »
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Quotes Robert McNamara: I'm not so naive or simplistic to believe we can eliminate war. We're not going to change human nature any time soon. It isn't that we aren't rational. We are rational. But reason has limits. There's a quote from T.S. Eliot that I just love: "We shall not cease from exploring, and at the end of our exploration, we will return to where we started, and know the place for the first time." Now that's in a sense where I'm beginning to be.
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