Path to war, says it all really. It is quite simply a look at to how vietnam went from a stage of conflict to an all out war.
Michael Gambon plays the role of LBJ wonderfully, not only is he able to put on a strong texan accent, but there is a similarity also to the real LBJ.
Supported brilliantly by Alec Baldwin and Donald Sutherland as his main advisors, it does amplify the problems during the 1960's and the subsequent 'no way out' syndrome that ultimately led to the vietnam war going on into the 70's.
The opening and closing sequences of the film was executed brilliantly. Starting from winning a land-slide victory in the 1964 election, to his speech address in 1968 announcing his resignation.
Sadly this was John Frankenheimer's final project and although it was the first film to look at LBJ and the Vietnam War, it doesn't come even close to the classics that he made earlier; like Seven days In May or the Manchurian Candidate.
Whether it follows the real-life history of the LBJ administration, I cannot say. However, I got the impression that the film tried to lay the blame on his advisors; rather on LBJ, and that it was LBJ who became the innocent victim
Watch out for a cameo of Gary Sinise playing the role of George Wallace, whom he played in John Frankenhimer's production of the same name.