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

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  94 min.
Release Date: February 19, 2010 (limited)

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Cast: John Dean, Daniel Ellsberg, Patricia Ellsberg, Max Frankel, Egil 'Bud' Krogh, Tony Russo, Hedrick Smith


In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, concludes that the war is based on decades of lies and leaks 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world. Hailed as a hero, vilified as a traitor, and ostracized by even his closest colleagues, Ellsberg risks life in prison to stop a war he helped plan.

This riveting story of one man's profound change of heart is also a piercing look at the world of government secrecy as revealed by the ultimate insider. Marked by a landmark battle between America's greatest newspapers and its president—that goes to the Supreme Court—this political thriller unravels a saga that leads directly to Watergate, Nixon’s resignation and the end of the Vietnam War.

Director: Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith
Studio: First Run Features
Producer(s): Rick Goldsmith, Judith Ehrlich
Screenplay: Lawrence Lerew, Rick Goldsmith, Judith Ehrlich, Michael Chandler
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