Why We Fight

Why We Fight

Eugene Jarecki

DVD (Wide Screen)

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In 1961, as Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his final address to the nation before leaving the office of President of the United States, he warned that America "must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence...by the military-industrial complex." Nearly 45 years later, as the United States finds itself waging a war in Iraq for reasons that seem increasingly unclear with the passage of time, Eisenhower's statement becomes all the more pertinent, and the question becomes more apt: has the machinery the United States established to wage war helped prevent conflict, or has it done more to inspire it? Documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki offers an in-depth look at how the United States has readied itself for battle, and why and how the nation goes to war in the film Why We Fight. Named for Frank Capra's famed series of Defense Department films (which explained the motives behind America's entry into World War II), Why We Fight features interviews with foot soldiers, Army recruits, Pentagon personnel, decorated veterans, members of Congress, national security advisors, top military strategists, and many more as they talks about the core philosophies of American military strategy and how they have changed since the end of the Second World War. Why We Fight received the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/27/2006
UPC: 0043396138940
Original Release: 2004
Rating: PG-13
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:39:00
Sales rank: 32,846

Special Features

Closed Caption; Extra scenes; Extended character featurettes; Filmmaker TV appearances: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Charlie Rose; Audience Q&A with filmmaker; Filmmaker commentary with Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits

Technical Credits
Eugene Jarecki Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Roy Ackerman Executive Producer
Brian Buckley Sound/Sound Designer
Sam Cullman Cinematographer
Hans Robert Eisenhauer Executive Producer
Nick Fraser Executive Producer
Sue Jacobs Musical Direction/Supervision
Nancy Kennedy Editor
Christopher Li Cinematographer
Alessandra Meyer Associate Producer
Peter Miller Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Miller Score Composer
Paul Rusnak Sound/Sound Designer
Étienne Sauret Cinematographer
Susannah Shipman Producer
May-Ying Welch Cinematographer
May Ying Welsh Cinematographer
Foster Wiley Cinematographer
Brett Wiley Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Why We Fight
1. What Are We Fighting For? [7:50]
2. A One-Superpower World [10:22]
3. How Far Does the U.S. Go? [8:52]
4. Unwarranted Influence [5:20]
5. The American Way of War [5:18]
6. Too Close a Relationship [9:01]
7. Army of One [6:45]
8. A Militaristic Nation [5:39]
9. Blowback [11:26]
10. The Public Doesn't Need to Know [8:12]
11. The Opening Shot [11:35]
12. The World Has Changed [8:31]

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