The Unknown Known

2013, Documentary, 1h 42m

106 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Viewers hoping to see Donald Rumsfeld admit making mistakes in public office (or hoping Errol Morris will force him to give straight answers) may find The Unknown Known frustrating -- but no less fascinating. Read critic reviews

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Donald Rumsfeld discusses his political career, from his days as a congressman to planning the invasion of Iraq.

Cast & Crew

Molly Thompson
Executive Producer
Josh Braun
Executive Producer
Dirk Hoogstra
Executive Producer
Julian Hobbs
Executive Producer
Jason Janego
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Jeff Skoll
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Diane Weyermann
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Celia Taylor
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Angus Wall
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Julia Sheehan
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Robert Chappell
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Danny Elfman
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Jeremy Landman
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Ted Bafaloukos
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  • Sep 12, 2014
    An extraordinary documentary about one of the most interesting figures in American politics, The Unknown Known is a fascinating look at former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In the film documentarian Errol Morris conducts an extensive interview with Rumsfeld, covering his work in the Nixon & Ford administrations, the events of 9/11, and the War on Terror. A lot of this is done through Rumsfeld's restorations and explanations of his own extensive memorandums and dictations. And, surprisingly it's not as much of a liberal hit piece as one would expect. Though Morris steers the line of questioning at some points, Rumsfeld is allowed to speak for himself; leaving the audience to decide what to make of him. Refreshing and honest, The Unknown Known is a true documentary that allows its subject to take its own course without subterfuge or agenda.
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  • Apr 16, 2014
    A feature length interview with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield that (perhaps unfairly, perhaps understandably) turns into a referendum on the Iraqi invasion and the War on Terror. There are no bombshells---Rumsfield is far too savvy to sabotage himself---so this effort only adds a little context for political junkies, while being unlikely to sway anyone's opinion of this enigmatic and powerful man in one direction or another.
    Greg S Super Reviewer

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