A group of journalists of the Knight-Ridder news service covering President George W. Bush's planned invasion of Iraq in 2003 are skeptical of the President's claim that Saddam Hussein has "weapons of mass destruction."


Rob Reiner


Joey Hartstone





Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Harrelson ... Jonathan Landay
James Marsden ... Warren Strobel
Rob Reiner ... John Walcott
Tommy Lee Jones ... Joe Galloway
Jessica Biel ... Lisa Mayr
Milla Jovovich ... Vlatka Landay
Richard Schiff ... The Usual
Luke Tennie ... Adam Green
Terence Rosemore ... Mr. Green
Margo Moorer ... Mrs. Green
Michael Harding ... Freud
Kate Butler ... Nancy Walcott
Luke White Luke White ... Adam Strobel
Gabe White ... Mitch Strobel
Bowen Hoover ... Noah Landay


On 9/11 2001, the World Trade Center is destroyed by the Al Qaeda terrorist organization. In the resulting tumult, the reporters of the Knight-Ridder news service, Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel under the editorship of John Walcott, hear odd reports that President Bush's senior administration is not so much concerned with finding the Al Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden, as they are in blaming the secular dictator of Iraq, Saddam Hussein. Despite their intelligence sources saying that Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11, the K-R reporters discover that the White House is obsessed with finding any excuse to attack Iraq with cherry-picking intelligence reports and blatant lies by its officials. As the journalists dig deeper, their competitors uncritically repeat the Bush Administration's falsehoods that too much of the public is gullible enough to believe, making their quest to find and print the truth proves as a frustrating struggle as events barrel to a needless war. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol1970@gmail.com)

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The film reunites the main team from LBJ (2016): actor Woody Harrelson, director Rob Reiner, and screenwriter Joey Hartstone. See more »


At 34:33 Landay (Woody) pulls out a $20 that shows President Jackson w/o an oval background around his portrait. This version was not introduced until 2003. The time of this scene was in 2002. He should have had an earlier version, eg the one introduced in 1998 with the oval frame around his head. See more »


John Walcott: We do not write for the people who send people's kids to war. We write for the people whose kids get sent to war
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References We Were Soldiers (2002) See more »


My Love
Music and Lyrics by Woody Harrelson
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14 July 2018 | by revssimracingSee all my reviews

Whether you like the film or not the fact remains there where no WMD and it was a pretence to War and the world has never been the same since, if a government can lie about one thing then they can lie about anything - open your eyes people.

The way i look at the movie is regardless whether jessica biel is there for the pretties is that future generations will be made aware of what happened and what led up to the war in iraq, iran and afghanistan War and the "War on terror" which includes North West Pakistan, Somalia and Syria.

It also shows why they want to stop free speech and alternative media, and control social media.

Watch and listen and then do your own research.

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Release Date:

20 July 2018 (Taiwan) See more »

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Shock and Awe See more »


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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,856, 15 July 2018

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1.85 : 1
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