The Fog of War Errol Morris' Academy Award-winning documentary The Fog of War is a spellbinding conversation with Vietnam-era defense secretary Robert S. McNamara. One of John F. Kennedy's… The Fog of War Errol Morris' Academy Award-winning documentary The Fog of War is a spellbinding conversation with Vietnam-era defense secretary Robert S. McNamara. One of John F. Kennedy's…
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The Fog of War (2004)

Robert McNamara | CONFLICTED? McNamara looks back at the fateful Vietnam-era policy decisions bearing his fingerprints in ''Fog''
Image credit: The Fog of War: Claire Folger
CONFLICTED? McNamara looks back at the fateful Vietnam-era policy decisions bearing his fingerprints in ''Fog''
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 11, 2004; DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Errol Morris' Academy Award-winning documentary The Fog of War is a spellbinding conversation with Vietnam-era defense secretary Robert S. McNamara. One of John F. Kennedy's ''best and brightest'' (in the words of David Halberstam), the 85-year-old former insider is startlingly candid about the decisions he helped make, like the firebombing of Tokyo during World War II that killed 100,000 civilians in a single night. Deftly mixed with revealing, recently declassified White House audio recordings and enhanced by Philip Glass' haunting score, ''The Fog of War'' is an unforgettable reminder of the dangers that can accompany great power, despite good intentions.

EXTRAS Some of the 24 bonus scenes are just extended versions of actual clips, but Lyndon Johnson's infamous 1964 ''Daisy Girl'' commercial is the most explosive campaign advertisement you'll see this year.

Originally posted May 14, 2004 Published in issue #765 May 14, 2004 Order article reprints