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Path to War
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Produced by Guy Riedel
Cary Brokaw
Howard Dratch
John Frankenheimer
Edgar J. Scherick
Written by Daniel Giat
Starring Michael Gambon
Alec Baldwin
Donald Sutherland
Felicity Huffman
Bruce McGill
Tom Skerritt
Gary Sinise
Music by Gary Chang
Cinematography Stephen Goldblatt
Nancy Schreiber
Editing by Richard Francis-Bruce
Running time 165 minutes
Language English

Path to War is a 2002 TV movie, produced by HBO that deals directly with the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of President Lyndon Johnson and his cabinet members. The movie starts off after LBJ's 1964 landslide election. It shows some of the good things the administration did early on, such as civil rights, before the war consumed it. The majority of the movie however, focuses on LBJ's good intentions being thwarted by a war gone wrong. The movie is considered an insightful view of President Johnson's often misunderstood and challenging Presidency.

Featured cast

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 (his character's real-life son) 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


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