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The Pentagon Papers (2003)

Defense worker Daniel Ellsberg seeks to publish a series of classified government documents detailing the true nature of America's involvement in the Vietnam War.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Harry Rowen
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Carol Ellsberg
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Daniel Ellsberg, a hawkish analyst for the Rand Corporation think-tank and later for the U.S. government, supports the war in Vietnam until two powerful occurrences: the experience, first-hand, of combat and political turmoil in Vietnam, and the discovery of secret Defense Department documents detailing the deliberate fabrication of reasons to initiate and expand the war. Facing a crisis of conscience, Ellsberg becomes convinced that the American people have not been told the truth about the war, its justifications, or its likely outcome. He decides to expose the secret history of the war in hopes that the American public, its eyes opened, will force the government to end the war. In order to do so, he must risk his career and his freedom, perhaps even his life. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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His greatest act of patriotism was an act of treason.


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Rated R for some war images and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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The exterior of a bar supposedly located in Saigon clearly displays signs written in the Thai language, and some of the signs are from contemporary times, as evidenced by product logos, rather than from 1965. See more »

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"Just get to the treason already"
19 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw a article online about it and gave it a shot.

"Was it interesting?" It definitely tells the events well, though the lead-up is far too long.

2 out of 3.

"Was it memorable?" The acting was good for a TV movie. Spader did well, but would have casted someone closer in looks and temperament.

1.5 out of 3.

"Was it entertaining?" The back-story was so long, I wondered where the movie was going to end. The "antagonists" are somewhat comical.

1.5 out of 3.

Starting with 1 (or else military intelligence will come looking), 1 + 2 + 1.5 + 1.5 = 6 While flawed and slightly cheap, this movie was done well.


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