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The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

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  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a top military strategist working for the RAND Corporation, leaked a 7,000-page document known as the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times. Disenchanted with the nation's conduct in Vietnam, Ellsberg believed the release of the top secret paper--which outlined the "secret history" of the war--was crucial to educating the public about the government's lies and misdeeds. This documentary chronicles the media and political frenzy that Ellsberg unleashed, and traces the effect of the leak on public perception of both the war and the White House.
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  • Critic Reviews
    "[T]his detailed, clearly told and persuasive film, directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, is firmly on the side of heroic."
    New York Times

    "[An] evocative documentary....Fortunately, the staunchly committed and controversial Ellsberg, now 78, is still around to tell his history-making tale, and he lends the film gravitas as both its persuasive narrator and primary talking head."
    Los Angeles Times

    3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t pulses with the suspense and momentum of a sleek thriller -- a wily caper flick that just happens to revolve around one of the most crucial chapters in recent American history."
    Washington Post

    3 stars out of 4 -- "It is a skillful, well-made film....A great deal of relevant footage has been assembled and is intercut with staged re-creations..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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