Path to War | 2002

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

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Main Plot

"Path to War" is a historical drama directed by John Frankenheimer. It chronicles the events leading up to the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War, focusing on the decisions made by President Lyndon B. Johnson and his administration during the escalating conflict.


  • Michael Gambon plays President Lyndon B. Johnson, who leads the United States during the Vietnam War in Path to War.
  • Donald Sutherland played Clark Clifford, who was an advisor to President Lyndon B. Johnson during the Vietnam War.
  • Alec Baldwin's character in Path to War is Robert McNamara, who serves as the Secretary of Defense.


In the ending of "Path to War," President Lyndon B. Johnson decides not to seek re-election and instead focuses on ending the Vietnam War. Despite facing immense political backlash and personal turmoil, he remains determined to find a peaceful resolution. The film concludes with Johnson's announcement that he will not run for another term, expressing his hope for a future where the nation can heal and move forward. The decision signifies the end of an era and highlights the immense impact of the Vietnam War on both the country and Johnson's presidency.

John Frankenheimer