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The Unknown Known (2013)

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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.

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Errol Morris

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Errol Morris
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Donald Rumsfeld ... Himself
Errol Morris ... Himself - Interviewer (voice)
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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.

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What you didn't know you didn't know. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2014 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$64,315, 6 April 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$276,381, 29 June 2014
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2.35 : 1
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This same director also made Fog of War, a similar film that featured an extensive interview with Vietnam-era Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara. Both films were highly critical of their lead subjects management of war. See more »

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A Masterpiece of Propaganda (Contains strong vocabulary).
15 April 2014 | by HFLauritzenSee all my reviews

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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