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October 2, 2008
Great portrayal of LBJ by Michael Gambon and a chilling performance by Alec Baldwin as Robert McNamara. Lots of psychological drama as the participants agonise over the disaster they have created. Fails ultimately as it does not come clean over the Gulf of Tonkin incident which was used as a pretext to give LBJ the untrammelled authority to escalate the war
½ September 30, 2008
Hard to judge having missed the first hour (watched it truncated in history class), but seems like a solid political Vietnam story. However, a bit melodramatic at times and a little too understated at others. Also, quite an abrupt ending - though perhaps this is justified by history.
September 17, 2008
more good stuff from Frankenheimer
½ August 11, 2008
It was good. It's about the Lyndon Banes Johnson Presidency and the Vietnam conflict that happened during his administration. It was good and I'd recommend it, if you like presidential movies.
½ August 8, 2008
It was good. It's about the Lyndon Banes Johnson Presidency and the Vietnam conflict that happened during his administration. It was good and I'd recommend it, if you like presidential movies.
½ July 22, 2008
Excellente reconstitution de la descente politique (Johnson, McNamara) aux enfers du Viet Nam. Recit subtil et cerebral. Pour les maniaques de politique ! Une ligne, citation du Romain Tacite sur le mensonge et la pretention (appuyee sur la violence) du partisan : - Vous avez fait le desert et appelle ca la paix - !
½ April 30, 2008
A little too long and having a knowledge of the key players would help, but does a good job of showing how we got deeply involved in Vietnam. That this came out in 2002 and made no splash is distressing.
½ March 25, 2008
amazing. historically accurate, and perfectly acted. the cast was brilliant
March 21, 2008
Really compelling political thriller, with epic tragic aspirations. Sophisticated and complex, bringing larger-than-life leaders to a human level to examine how decisions of this magnitude are made, and what it costs those who have to make them. Very strong performances all around, particularly Sutherland, Gambon (despite accent difficulty) and Baldwin.
½ December 16, 2007
This was a slow movie but was very educational about the history of president LBJ! I did learn something.
December 15, 2007
Not sure whether I want to watch or not.
October 27, 2007
Pretty clear lesson on how the national security apparatus stumbled into Vietnam.
October 27, 2007
A good lesson about leadership and how to properly use advisers. LBJ is at one end of the continuum, and W is at the other. Johnson seemed to have little idea of what to do, and Humphrey played zero role in the film btw, while Bush and Cheney stubbornly pursue their own agenda. Neither team exploited the expertise of their advisers to good effect. A bit slow at times, and Gambon's Texas accent isn't very convincing, but the theme is important to experience. See it after Fog of War and see if you agree with McNamara's portrayal here.
October 23, 2007
Excellent historical depiction of LBJ as politician.
October 13, 2007
So-so HBO movie about LBJ's presidency and the US' deepening involvement in Vietnam. Satisfying as a historical movie with a decent performance by Michael Gambon as LBJ but nowhere near as direct and moving as 'The Fog of War.'
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