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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 Boudin

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

Jonathan Higgins ... Army Officer at Rand
Owen Rilan ... Corcoran
Sharon McFarlane ... Charlotte
Daneen Boone ... Blonde at Russos'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 ... Mary Ellsberg - Younger
Hayley Lochner ... Mary Ellsberg - Older
Michael Cameron ... Robert Ellsberg - Younger

Adam Butcher ... Robert Ellsberg - Older
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 (uncredited)
Michael Stevens ... Russo's Long-Haired Lawyer #1 (uncredited)
Demitri Warner ... Speaker Organizer (uncredited)

Directed by
Rod Holcomb 
Writing credits
Jason Horwitch (written by)

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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The Truth Will Set You Free, 20 March 2010
Author: TheMulderFox

Daniel Ellsberg is a brilliant and impassioned military analyst who wants nothing more than to serve his country in the most meaningful way he can. However in the end it seems that his greatest act of patriotism is to commit an act of treason.

Sounds like gripping stuff, the kicker is that it is all based on real life events. Now these types of docudramas can go horridly wrong all too easily in so many ways, however "The Pentagon Papers" manages to cleverly avoid most of these. Half of this is down to a solid script and the other primarily to the director for clearly thinking his decisions through to completion and creating a cohesive film on the whole.

Now I have to confess that I am a fan of James Spaders' work and find him to be a very under rated actor over the whole. Now that being said he does do an admirable job of chronicling the characters proverbial decent into madness (if you will forgive the dramatized language) as he goes from being a trusted insider only three steps removed from the president to being branded a traitor and hunted by the F.B.I.

The movie has some shortcomings and most of them I feel are likely due to time constraints placed on made for TV movies. They could, for instance, have easily taken time to develop the gaps in the story some more. Specifically in terms of the inter personal relationships portrayed and in terms of Elsberg's ever increasing sense of disillusionment in the government he believed in so vehemently just a few years before. As it seems at times, though years have passed in the time line, nothing has really changed for the characters.

That having been said I am of the opinion that the film does capture the general feeling of mistrust in the government that was so prevalent during the early seventies, as more and more revelations of the abuse of power at the highest levels and the lies that were being fed to the public to justify even greater lies became known. Although it is all related from very personal perspectives.

One of the strongest elements was the visual style employed by the director. I was constantly reminded of Oliver Stone in that respect. The uses of period news broadcasts are very cleverly deployed throughout the movie.

So do yourself a favor and watch "The Pentagon Papers", it can be both enlightening and entertaining, definitely 90 odd minutes well spent.

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