Path to War

Path to War
GenreBiographical television film
Written byDaniel Giat
Directed byJohn Frankenheimer
Starring(first billed only)
Michael Gambon
Donald Sutherland
Alec Baldwin
Bruce McGill
James Frain
Felicity Huffman
Frederic Forrest
John Aylward
Philip Baker Hall
Tom Skerritt
Diana Scarwid
Sarah Paulson
Gerry Becker
Peter Jacobson
Theme music composerGary Chang
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Cary Brokaw
John Frankenheimer
Edgar J. Scherick
Howard Dratch
Producer(s)Guy Riedel
Shirley Davis
CinematographyStephen Goldblatt
Nancy Schreiber
Editor(s)Richard Francis-Bruce
Running time165 minutes
Production company(s)Avenue Pictures
Edgar J. Scherick Associates
Original networkHBO
Original releaseMay 18, 2002

Path to War is a 2002 American biographical television film, produced by HBO and directed by John Frankenheimer. It was the final film (theatrical or made-for-TV) that was directed by Frankenheimer, who died seven weeks after the film debuted on HBO. It was also the last film produced by Edgar J. Scherick during his lifetime—he died seven months after its initial airing on HBO.


The film deals directly with the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of United States President Lyndon B. Johnson and his cabinet members. The starting events portrayed begin in 1965.

Other Languages
italiano: Path to War
Nederlands: Path to War
русский: Путь к войне
українська: Стежкою війни