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9 March 2003 (USA) See more »
His greatest act of patriotism was an act of treason.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

James Spader ... Daniel Ellsberg

Claire Forlani ... Patricia Marx

Paul Giamatti ... Anthony Russo

Alan Arkin ... Harry Rowen

Kenneth Welsh ... John McNaughon

Maria del Mar ... Carol Ellsberg
Sean McCann ... John Mitchell
James Downing ... H.R. Haldeman
Richard Fitzpatrick ... John Ehrlichman

Jonas Chernick ... Neil Sheehan

Amy Price-Francis ... Jan Butler

Aaron Ashmore ... Randy Kehler

George R. Robertson ... Senator Fulbright (as George Robertson)

Robert Seeliger ... FBI Agent
Roland Rothchild ... FBI Agent
Damir Andrei ... Leonard Boodin

Carl Marotte ... Charles Nesson
David Fox ... Judge W. Matthew Bryne
Neville Edwards ... Bailif
Matt Cooke ... Rand Employee

Jonathan Higgins ... Army Officer at Rand
Owen Rilan ... Cororra
Sharon McFarlane ... Charlotte
Daneen Boone ... Blonde at Russo's

Judah Katz ... District Attorney
Bruce Gooch ... Supreme Court Marshal
Mark Benesh ... Leonard Compson III
Martin Roach ... Sgt. Watson

Troy Blendell ... Marine Radio Man
Amy Troung ... Vietnamese Woman
Kris Saric ... Marine Captain in Bar
Derek Murchie ... Air Force Officer in Bar

Hannah Lochner ... Young Mary Ellsberg
Hayley Lochner ... Mary Ellsberg
Michael Cameron ... Young Robert Ellsberg

Adam Butcher ... Robert Ellsberg
Julio Benitez Guardiola ... The Plumbers
Carlos Mellado ... The Plumbers
Manuel Angel Torres ... The Plumbers
John Connolly ... The Plumbers
Brandon Barré ... Patricia's boyfriend
Richard Blackburn ... New York Times Editor

John Blackwood ... TV Journalist
Michael Spencer-Davis ... News Reporter
David Lyle ... News Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doug Hicton ... News Reporter
William Perkins ... Air Force Lieutenant
Michael Stevens ... Russo's Long-Haired Lawyer #1
Demitri Warner ... Speaker organizer

Directed by
Rod Holcomb 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jason Horwitch 

Produced by
Rod Holcomb .... supervising producer
Fritzi Horstman .... associate producer
Joshua D. Maurer .... executive producer
Stephen J. Turnbull .... line producer
John Sacret Young .... consulting producer
Original Music by
Normand Corbeil 
Cinematography by
Michael Mayers 
Film Editing by
Christopher Nelson 
Casting by
Nancy Foy 
Production Design by
Sandra Kybartas 
Art Direction by
Armando Sgrignuoli 
Set Decoration by
Erica Milo 
Costume Design by
Eydi Caines-Floyd 
Makeup Department
Heidi Armstrong .... makeup artist (as Heidi Da Costa)
Mario Cacioppo .... makeup artist
Debra Corbeil .... second assistant makeup artist
Mary-Lou Green-Benvenuti .... hair stylist
Production Management
Mary Pantelidis .... production manager
Skates Naiman .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Hanlan .... second unit director
David McLeod .... first assistant director (as David MacLeod)
Pierre Ouellet .... second assistant director
Sean Watson .... third assistant director
Art Department
Dave Byers .... on-set dresser
David Orin Charles .... on-set dresser
Vladislav Fyodorov .... first assistant art director (as Vladislav Fedorov)
Malcolm Gibson .... property master
Dar Higden .... set dresser
Kent McIntyre .... lead set dresser
Aaron Morrison .... assistant art director
Joey Panko .... scenic artist
Travis Staley .... construction coordinator
John Subotich .... lead set dresser
Rob Valeriote .... head carpenter
Paul Vernon .... set dresser
Wayne Wightman .... first assistant art director
Sound Department
Karma Barber .... foley artist
Karma Barber .... foley mixer
Gonzo Cervantes .... foley mixer
Greg Chapman .... sound mixer
Adam De Coster .... foley artist (as Adam DeCoster)
Jason England .... dialogue editor
Ken Kobett .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Melnychuk .... boom operator
Todd Morrissey .... adr mixer
George Nemzer .... sound effects editor
Mike Olman .... sound re-recording mixer (as Michael Olman)
Eddie Rogers .... dialogue editor
Eddie Rogers .... foley mixer
John Rotondi .... sound engineer
Clancy T. Troutman .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Laird McMurray .... special effects coordinator
Shane Million .... special effects department coordinator
Ted Shackleton .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Tony Haspel .... I/O technician
Ali Laventhol .... digital artist
Tom Mahoney .... digital artist
Ray McMillan .... visual effects supervisor
Steven Meyer .... digital artist
Scott Rader .... digital artist
Edward L. Williams .... visual effects supervisor (as Eddie Williams)
Eric Bryson .... stunt coordinator
Louis Paquette .... stunt actor
Ken Quinn .... stunt coordinator
Rene Bishop .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Nick Bacon .... dolly grip (as Nicholas Bacon)
Peter Battistone .... first assistant camera
Deanna Cadette .... second assistant camera
Sophie Giraud .... still photographer
Brad Hruboska .... steadicam operator
Jason Lenoury .... second company grip
J.P. Locherer .... director of photography: second unit
Andris Matiss .... Steadicam operator
Robert McRae .... chief lighting technician (as Bob McRae)
David Perkins .... camera operator: second unit
Doug Reid .... assistant chief lighting technician
Paul Spaven .... generator operator
Paul Sweeney .... first company grip
Jasper Vrakking .... 24 frame video operator
Andreas Waldherr .... dolly grip
Mark Willis .... camera operator: "a" camera
Hugh Young .... generator operator
Casting Department
Bradley A. Flett .... extras casting
Stephanie Gorin .... casting: Canada
Helen Mossler .... casting executive
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kevin Barry .... assistant costume designer
Joan Boyko .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Brian Lovery .... color timer: dailies
Jenna Nelson .... assistant editor
John Potter .... color timer: video
Music Department
Roger Hewett .... orchestrator
Gerry Sackman .... music editor
Rick Winquest .... music scoring mixer
Transportation Department
Ben Cekuta .... transportation coordinator
Marco Sousa .... transportation captain
Ian C. Harris .... daily picture cars (uncredited)
Other crew
Derek Brady .... location manager
Meg Davies .... assistant to executive producer
Janice Fowlie .... production accountant
Leigh French .... adr group coordinator
Shari L. Kaufman .... publicist
Angela Mastronardi .... script supervisor
Linda McKenney .... production assistant
John Nguyen .... voice coach
Jeffery Pong .... assistant location manager
Carole Rosenberg .... assistant production coordinator
Fran Solomon .... production coordinator
Rachel Suhanic .... assistant: Mr. Holcomb
Charles Taylor .... armorer
Al Vrkljan .... gun handler
Ralph Berge .... production executive (uncredited)

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Rated R for some war images and brief sexuality
92 min
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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Technically Brilliant, 28 January 2005
Author: faustian_jargon from Melbourne, Australia

This is a wonderful film for anyone who appreciates the craft of film-making. There is a totally consistent vision throughout and it all fits and syncs beautifully. From the direction through to the dialogue, editing and sound. Also some truly inspired performances by the supporting cast. Spader is a little weak, but perhaps that's like saying David Ducovny is weak in the X-Files; when anything else would be camp. By the time you see the end of the film you realise that he has truly studied his character and the resemblance is profound. A brilliant conspiracy film, though as mentioned it's always best to read the book and do your own research before you start quoting facts and figures to your friends. Being a sound guy though, what inspired me most was the overall sound design for the film - the way they blend sound within the film and the musical score and the fact that the use of various instruments is relevant to each sequence in the story - the use of piano during the intimate bedroom scene (he was destined to become a concert pianist) and so forth. In conclusion, I've read above that this was made for TV, which greatly impresses me as I hired it from the video store... made for TV is never like this. And I must mention that the style is perfect - the documentary format of this film is perfect for the subject matter and the creative licence with the editing actually works, I'd be afraid of overdoing it but they throw in fades to itself and layering, throwing white-balance to the wind, it's a flawless production, I'm just so impressed, so inspired to translate this into my own short films and be more daring. 9/10

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