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Why We Fight (2005)

PG-13 | | Documentary, History, War | January 2005 (USA)
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Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.

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Eugene Jarecki

Writer:

Eugene Jarecki
4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ken Adelman ... Himself
John Ashcroft ... Himself (archive footage)
Osama bin Laden ... Himself (archive footage)
George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Byrd ... Himself (archive footage)
Frank Capra ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Cirincione ... Himself
Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage)
Anh Duong Anh Duong ... Herself
Gwynne Dyer Gwynne Dyer ... Himself
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself (archive footage)
John S.D. Eisenhower John S.D. Eisenhower ... Himself
Susan Eisenhower Susan Eisenhower ... Herself
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Storyline

He may have been the ultimate icon of 1950s conformity and postwar complacency, but Dwight D. Eisenhower was an iconoclast, visionary, and the Cassandra of the New World Order. Upon departing his presidency, Eisenhower issued a stern, cogent warning about the burgeoning "military industrial complex," foretelling with ominous clarity the state of the world in 2004 with its incestuous entanglement of political, corporate, and Defense Department interests. Written by Ørnås

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It is nowhere written that the American empire goes on forever.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing war images and brief language | See all certifications »
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Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,571, 22 January 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,436,279, 14 May 2006
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Charles Lewis: We elected a government contractor as vice-president.
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Connections

References Divide and Conquer (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

(I Want) The Good Life
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Performed by Ernie Maresca
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Excellent direction and comprehensive arguments
26 March 2005 | by seancondonSee all my reviews

Even if you don't agree with the sentiment of the movie, you have to admit that this is directed with great energy and pace. While Michael Moore touches the surface of it and Kevin Costner's JFK hinted at it, this documentary drives home the message (through facts) that it is the military-industrial-congress-think tanks complex that is driving not only US foreign policy, but a large part of the economy. One of the most memorable moments I got from this documentary was Richead Perle's conclusion that no-one should expect this situation to change - this is how things are, and they're not going back. Overall it is the most complete picture of US Foreign Policy I have seen.


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