Special Showing

Shock & Awe

Thursday, September 13 at 7pm

Based on the true events of Knight Ridder journalists, including John Walcott (Williams College 1971), who in 2003 investigated the truth of weapons of mass destruction, the justification for the Iraq War.


Shock and Awe

Starring: Woody Harrelson, James Marsden, Rob Reiner, Tommy Lee Jones, Jessica Biel

Bicentennial Medal recipient John Walcott, Williams College '71, will introduce the film and answer questions afterwards.

Admission is free

The film is based on the true events of Knight Ridder journalists who were the only ones who “got it right” in the lead-up to the 2003 Iraq War when they questioned the true nature of the Bush White House’s justification for the conflict.

Immediately after 9/11, the US government under George W. Bush, began maneuvering and mobilizing for an invasion of Iraq. Without any firm evidence, a campaign was launched that took over almost the entire American media machine. However, four fearless reporters from the press agency Knight Ridder refused to jump on the propaganda bandwagon. Raising questions that nobody else dared to ask, they reported on the dubious basis for the war plans. Under immense pressure they maintained their integrity – even in the face of bitter scorn and hate. Director Rob Reiner brings the true story of journalists Jonathan Landay, Warren Strobel, John Walcott and Joe Galloway to the screen and tells a tale about courage and honesty during a thought-provoking chapter of American history.

  • Director: Rob Reiner
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“Shock and Awe reminds us that journalism is essential, but also fragile. Sometimes journalists tell the truth, and no one is interested. Sometimes everybody is looking in the wrong direction.”

– San Francisco Chronicle

Sponsored by Williams College Alumni Relations