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The Fog of War

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Errol Morris

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About the Movie

The Fog of War is a 20th century fable, a story of an American dreamer who rose from humble origins to the heights of political power. Robert S. McNamara was both witness to and participant in many of the crucial events of the 20th century: the crippling Depression of the 1930s; the industrialization of the war years; the development of a different kind of warfare based on air power and the creation of a new American meritocracy. He was also an idealist who saw his dreams and ideals challenged by the role he played in history.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 138
  • Fresh: 135
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 8.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Morris, an ideal combination of journalist and romantic artist, matches footage to the words for maximum illumination and emotional impact. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Apr 9, 2004

Fresh: For those of my generation, the true resonance in the film may be in the constant juxtaposition between the then and the now of the McNamara life. – Stephen Hunter, Washington Post, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: The effect of The Fog of War is to impress upon us the frailty and uncertainty of our leaders. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Fascinating documentary about Robert S. McNamara. – Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle, Jul 21, 2005

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Customer Reviews


This documentary was simply amazing if you have interest in WWII, Vietnam, Politics, the Kennedy-LBJ era, etc. I cannot recommend enough. McNamara shows his age, wisdom, regret, and his genius. This man truly swung for the fence his entire life.

Absolutely hypnotic

Endlessly fascinating, Intelligent and stunningly crafted. My favorite documentary film of all time.

Best Movie I've Ever Seen

I watch a lot of movies and never write reviews--but this exceptional movie deserves praise. I credit the filmmakers for effective juxtaposition of imagery and monologue, but the soul of the film belongs to McNamara. His contemplative narrative enjoins us to share in ambivalence toward his accomplishments. No truer illustration exists of the adage.....nothing is black and white.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2003

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