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Rated NR · 98 minutes · 2006

Documentary
In his 1961 farewell address, President Eisenhower warned Americans that an insidious new force was taking hold in the country. He called it the "military-industrial complex." This sobering documentary, which walked off with the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2005, examines the rise of this behemoth and the perils it holds for our democratic way of life. Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki stresses that Democrats and Republicans alike are responsible for where we find ourselves today, although he also charts how the situation has intensified under the current President Bush. War has become big business in the U.S., thanks to powerful forces -- the federal government, the military establishment, the defense industry -- whose livelihoods depend upon maintaining a permanent state of armed conflict. A former CIA consultant explains: "When war becomes that profitable, you see more war." A retired Air Force lieutenant colonel laments, "I will not allow my own kids to join the military." A must-see.
Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/comingsoon.php?filmid=285&page=2
Director: Eugene Jarecki
Producer: Eugene Jarecki and Susannah Shipman
Cast: Graydon Carter, John S.D. Eisenhower, Chalmers Johnson, William Kristol, John McCain, Richard Perle, James G. Roche and Gore Vidal

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