Path to War

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Path to War
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Genre Biographical television film
Written by Daniel Giat
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Starring (first billed only)
Michael Gambon
Donald Sutherland
Alec Baldwin
Bruce McGill
James Frain
Felicity Huffman
Frederic Forrest
John Aylward
Philip Baker Hall
Tom Skerritt
Diana Scarwid
Sarah Paulson
Gerry Becker
Peter Jacobson
Theme music composer Gary Chang
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) Cary Brokaw
John Frankenheimer
Edgar J. Scherick
Howard Dratch
Producer(s) Guy Riedel
Shirley Davis
Cinematography Stephen Goldblatt
Nancy Schreiber
Editor(s) Richard Francis-Bruce
Running time 165 minutes
Production company(s) Avenue Pictures
Edgar J. Scherick Associates
HBO
Distributor HBO
Release
Original network HBO
Original release May 18, 2002

Path to War is a 2002 American biographical television film, produced by HBO and directed by John Frankenheimer. It was the final film (theatrical or made-for-TV) that was directed by Frankenheimer, who died seven weeks after the film debuted on HBO. It was also the last film produced by Edgar J. Scherick during his lifetime—he died seven months after its initial airing on HBO.

Plot

The film deals directly with the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of United States President Lyndon B. Johnson and his cabinet members. The starting events portrayed begin in 1965.

Cast

The film stars Michael Gambon as President Johnson, Alec Baldwin as Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and Donald Sutherland as presidential advisor Clark M. Clifford, who succeeds McNamara as Secretary of Defense.

Actor Role
Michael Gambon Lyndon B. Johnson
Donald Sutherland Clark M. Clifford
Alec Baldwin Robert McNamara
Bruce McGill George Ball
James Frain Richard N. Goodwin
Felicity Huffman Lady Bird Johnson
Frederic Forrest Earle Wheeler
John Aylward Dean Rusk
Philip Baker Hall Everett Dirksen
Gary Sinise George C. Wallace
Tom Skerritt William Westmoreland
Cliff De Young McGeorge Bundy
Chris Eigeman Bill Moyers
John Valenti Jack Valenti
Gerry Becker Walt Rostow
Sarah Paulson Luci Baines Johnson
Francis Guinan Nicholas Katzenbach
Curtis L. McClarin Martin Luther King, Jr.
Randy Oglesby John Stennis
Patricia Kalember Margaret Craig McNamara
Diana Scarwid Marny Clifford
Madison Mason John McCone
Gina-Raye Carter Lynda Bird Johnson
Robert Cicchini Joseph Califano

Maxwell D. Taylor is the American ambassador to South Vietnam. Norman Morrison is a pacifist who immolates himself. Earle Wheeler's nickname in this movie is "Bus."

Reception

Critical response

Television critic Matt Zoller Seitz in his 2016 book co-written with Alan Sepinwall titled TV (The Book) named Path to War as the 6th greatest American TV-movie of all time, writing: "This nearly three-hour epic plays like the greatest political drama that Oliver Stone never made.... This is easily the greatest of Frankenheimer's late-period TV work, which equals his finest work from the 1960s".[1]

Awards

See also

References

  1. ^ Sepinwall, Alan; Seitz, Matt Zoller (September 2016). TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time (1st ed.). New York, NY: Grand Central Publishing. p. 372. ISBN 9781455588190. 

External links

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