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Plot, Details & Awards

The Fog of War

Rated PG-13 for images and thematic issues of war and destruction.

PG-13 In Theaters 12/19/2003 , 105min.
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Plot & Details

Former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara is the sole focus of documentarian Errol Morris' The Fog of War, a film that not only analyzes McNamara's controversial decisions during the first half of the Vietnam War, but also his childhood upbringing, his education at Berkeley and Harvard, his involvement in World War II, and his later years as president of the World Bank. Culling footage from almost 20 hours of interviews with the Secretary, Morris details key moments from McNamara's career, including the 1945 bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and President Kennedy's suggestions to the Secretary that the U.S. remove itself from Vietnam. Throughout the film, the 85-year-old McNamara expounds his philosophies on international conflict, and shows regret and pride in equal measure for, respectively, his mistakes and accomplishments.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Documentary Feature Michael Williams Won
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Documentary Feature Errol Morris Won

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Documentary Won
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Original Score Philip Glass Nominated

Hot Docs International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 Hot Docs International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Independent Spirit Awards Best Documentary Errol Morris Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Documentary Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 National Board of Review Best Documentary Won

Telluride Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Telluride Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Toronto Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Toronto Film Critics Association Best Documentary Won

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