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Path to War

Path to War
Movie: Path to War(2002)[tt0218505] A portrayal of the Lyndon B. Johnson (Sir Michael Gambon) Presidency and its spiralling descent into the Vietnam War. Acting on often conflicting advice from his Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara (Alec Baldwin) and other advisers, President Johnson finds his domestic policy agenda for the Great Society overtaken by an ever demanding commitment to ending the war. It also depicts his political skills as he crosses swords with political foes such as Robert F. Kennedy (himself) and Governor George Wallace (Gary Sinise). Despite support and encouragement from stalwart friends such as Clark Clifford (Donald Sutherland), Johnson realizes his management of the war no longer has the confidence of the American people and announces that he will not seek the nomination of the Democratic party for the the 1968 election. Written bygarykmcd
Title Path to War
Release Date 18 May 2002 (USA)
Runtime
Genres Biography, Drama, War
Production Companies Avenue Pictures, Edgar J. Scherick Associates, Home Box Office (HBO)
Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon...
Lyndon Johnson...
Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland...
Clark Clifford...
Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin...
Robert McNamara, Secretar...
Bruce McGill
Bruce McGill...
George Ball, Undersecreta...
James Frain
James Frain...
Richard Goodwin...
Felicity Huffman
Felicity Huffman...
Lady Bird Johnson...
Frederic Forrest
Frederic Forrest...
General Earle G. Wheeler...
John Aylward
John Aylward...
Dean Rusk, Secretary of S...
Philip Baker Hall
Philip Baker Hall...
Everett Dirksen...
Tom Skerritt
Tom Skerritt...
General William Westmorel...
Diana Scarwid
Diana Scarwid...
Marny Clifford...
Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson...
Luci Baines Johnson...
Gerry Becker
Gerry Becker...
Walt Rostow...
Peter Jacobson
Peter Jacobson...
Adam Yarmolinsky...
Cliff De Young
Cliff De Young...
McGeorge Bundy, National ...

Reviews

dromasca on 24 January 2004
It is hard to watch 'Path to War' and avoid remarking the similarity between historic and present circumstances. Although dedicated to the presidency of Lyndon Johnson, the film brings to mind the situations the current US President had to face - after being elected on an internal social agenda, he has to face an external conflict and runs down on a spiral towards an external war costly in American and other peoples human lives. The film is interesting by itself, although there may be many comments to be made on the accuracy of the historical details. 'Path to War' also succeeds better than other films in bringing to screen historical characters and giving them a life of their own - Johnson, Clark Clifford, Bob McNamara are well built film characters in the film. I recommend this film, and not only to the history fans - 8 out of 10 on my personal scale.

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