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      Path to War

      2002, History/Drama, 2h 45m

      11 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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      Path to War brings Lyndon B. Johnson's full term to vivid life with terrific performances and a screenplay that provides an intimate look into a president's psyche along with the far-reaching consequences of his decisions. Read critic reviews

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      This film is a dramatization of the decision-making behind the Johnson administration's escalation of the Vietnam War in the mid 1960s. As Lyndon Johnson (Michael Gambon) agonizes over sending more troops to Southeast Asia, he is given contradictory advice from Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara (Alec Baldwin) and Secretary of State Dean Rusk (John Aylward). The president also attempts to build his Great Society at home, while balancing the war's increasing drain on the nation's resources.

      • Rating: TV-14

      • Genre: History, Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: John Frankenheimer

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

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      • Distributor: HBO

      • Production Co: Miramax

      • Sound Mix: Surround

      Cast & Crew

      Michael Gambon
      Donald Sutherland
      Alec Baldwin
      Bruce McGill
      James Frain
      Felicity Huffman
      Frederic Forrest
      Philip Baker Hall
      Tom Skerritt
      Chris Eigeman
      Patricia Kalember
      John Valenti
      Gerry Becker
      Sarah Paulson
      Diana Scarwid
      Francis Guinan
      Robert Cicchini
      Curtis McClarin
      Gary Sinise

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      • Apr 25, 2022

        Refreshingly to see that historical accuracy can be compelling and I think a tragic arc for LBJ is totally legitimate.

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      • Feb 25, 2012

        A thorough and effective examination of the Johnson presidency, focusing on the escalating involvement in Vietnam that would eventually undue his administration. Very well written, the film always feels realistic, often re-creating scenes with verbatim historical transcripts. Michael Gambon's Lyndon Johnson is uncanny, he captures the overbearing, homespun demeanor he was known for, while also replicating his mannerisms perfectly. Overall, I would argue the film was far too kind to Johnson, conveying him as more of a victim of circumstance, who found himself in over his head and refusing to cut his losses, and whose otherwise lofty achievements (the mythical "Great Society" programs of dubious effectiveness) go unnoticed. Still, it was very effective in showing a conflicted man, reminding me almost of Oliver Stone's Nixon. Similarly, Alec Baldwin's McNamara was surprisingly authentic, showing a brilliant, though naive, man of cool demeanor. The running time is a bit bloated, but well worth it for history/political buffs. 4/5 Stars

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