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Release Date:
9 March 2003 (USA) See more »
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His greatest act of patriotism was an act of treason.
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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James Spader Offers His Best Performance of the Unlikely Hero Who Exposed Government Documents See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
Stunts
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
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92 min
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Errors in geography: 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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References The Pentagon Papers (1972) (TV)See more »

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James Spader Offers His Best Performance of the Unlikely Hero Who Exposed Government Documents, 8 December 2012
Author: classicalsteve from Oakland, CA

Sometimes the people who have the best perspective on a side of an issue are those who were formerly advocating for the other side. Daniel Ellsberg was employed by the Rand Corporation and then the US Executive Branch at the Pentagon as a mid-level researcher. In the 1960's, Ellsberg advocated for the war in Vietnam. He believed that the cause for democracy around the world was worth the sacrifice of the lives of young men in the South Pacific. After a tour of Vietnam and acquisition of federal documents revealing the history of the war, Ellsberg began to question the morality of the US's Vietnam involvement.

James Spader offers perhaps his best and most important performance as the young and middle-aged Daniel Ellsberg, the man Nixon referred to as a "traitor". The made-for-TV film chronicles Ellsberg's career as a high-level researcher in international affairs. After finishing his doctorate, Ellsberg first worked for the Rand Corporation and then later the Pentagon. He had been completely sold on America's involvement in Vietnam. He is then sent to Vietnam as a researcher to contribute to the Pentagon's internal study of the war.

Upon his return, Ellsberg begins to doubt whether the war in Vietnam is simply a self-perpetuating abattoir with no end in sight, a slaughter-house which keeps feeding upon itself. Were the ends really about spreading the cause of democracy or about some other political ends? Ellsberg sends in his contribution to the study based on his experiences in Vietnam. He then learns that his writing as well as many other researchers were compiled together in a 7000-page internal document chronicling the history of the war in Vietnam.

Ellsberg requests from the Pentagona a copy of the internal study, later dubbed the Pentagon Papers by the Press. Ellsberg reads the entire 7000-page monstrosity only to learn that the Vietnam cause goes as far back as Truman, and the ends for Vietnam were not really about the cause of democracy but more about short-term political gains. In other words, no US President wanted to declare Vietnam a failure on their watch, and passed the buck to the next president. Ellsberg is appalled at the disregard for human life for the purposes of political ends. But what can he do about it? A thoroughly engrossing and underrated film about Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Spader is completely believable as the man regarded as both hero and villain, depending upon the perspective. Nixon and his cronies regarded Ellsberg as a traitor, compromising their goals in Vietnam. They used the old "threat to national security" argument as the reason that the papers should not be released to the public. Others believed that all the information about the war needed to be exposed to encourage healthy debate. How can we, as a supposed democracy, ever make sound judgments on an issue if we are deprived of all the facts?

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