Why We Fight

Why We Fight
Why We Fight
  • PG-13
  • 1h 39m
  • 2005
Certified Fresh79%
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Grand Jury Prize winner at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, Why We Fight is an unflinching look at the anatomy of American war-making. Granted unparalleled Pentagon access, the film launches a nonpartisan inquiry into the forces -- political, economic, and ideological -- that drive America to fight. Inspired by President Dwight Eisenhower's 1961 Farewell Address in which he warned Americans about the dangers of the "military-industrial complex," filmmaker Jarecki ("The Trials of Henry Kissinger") weaves unforgettable stories of everyday Americans touched by war with commentary by a "who's who" of military and Washington insiders. Featuring John McCain, Gore Vidal, Richard Perle and others, Why We Fight explores a half-century of U.S. foreign policy from World War II to the Iraq War, revealing how, as Eisenhower warned, political and corporate interests have become alarmingly entangled in the business of war. On a deeper level, what emerges is a portrait of a nation in transition -- drifting dangerously far from her founding principles toward a more imperial and uncertain future.
© 2005 Charlotte Street Films , LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh79%
Critics Consensus: A provocative and timely film that explores the military/industrial complex and the motivating forces that lead us to war.
Orlando Sentinel
Roger Moore

January 29, 2019
Entertainment Weekly

June 21, 2017
AV Club
Keith Phipps

Ultimately, Why We Fight reveals itself as yet another leftie doc with an anti-war agenda. But the...

January 29, 2019
Andrew O'Hehir

A film that stands out for its passion, ambition and clarion-call sincerity, even amid the contemp...

January 29, 2019
Time Out

Extremely timely and urgently relevant.

June 21, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Documentary
  • Release Date:August 24, 2005
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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