Path to War
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|Path to War|
|Genre||Biographical television film|
|Written by||Daniel Giat|
|Directed by||John Frankenheimer|
|Starring||(first billed only)
Philip Baker Hall
|Theme music composer||Gary Chang|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Cary Brokaw
Edgar J. Scherick
|Running time||165 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Avenue Pictures
Edgar J. Scherick Associates
|Original release||May 18, 2002|
Path to War is a 2002 American biographical television film, produced by HBO and directed by John Frankenheimer that deals directly with the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of United States President Lyndon B. Johnson and his cabinet members. 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.
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.
- Sutherland won a 2002 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for his performance as Clifford.
- TELEVISION/RADIO; A Vietnam War Film Takes On a Sudden Resonance By BERNARD WEINRAUB, DEC. 9, 2001, NY Times.
- LBJ's tortured 'Path to War' / HBO movie shows two sides of Johnson in Vietnam era, by Jonathan Curiel, SF Chronicle, Saturday, May 18, 2002.
- Path to War, BY LESLEY SMITH, popmattters.com, 10 June 2002