The Fog of War (2003)


The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defence, under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson, Robert McNamara, illustrating his observations of the nature of modern warfare.

The film was directed by Errol Morris and features an original score by Philip Glass.

The title derives from the military concept of the “fog of war” depicting the difficulty of making decisions in the midst of conflict.


Former corporate whiz kid Robert McNamara was the controversial Secretary of Defence in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, during the height of the Vietnam War.

This Academy Award-winning documentary, augmented by archival footage, gives the conflicted McNamara a platform on which he attempts to confront his and the US government’s actions in Southeast Asia in light of the horrors of modern warfare, the end of ideology and the punitive judgement of history.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director: Errol Morris.
  • Release Date: 05 March 2004 (US).
  • Running Time: 107 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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