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The Pentagon Papers (TV Movie 2003) Poster

(2003 TV Movie)

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The name of the book that Daniel Ellsberg (James Spader) was reading was "The Life of Gandhi" about Mohandas K. Gandhi (aka "Mahatma Gandhi").
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This tele-movie was made and first broadcast about six years before the later documentary feature film The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009) first premiered.
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The nick-name of Daniel Ellsberg (James Spader) was "Dan".
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The official title of "The Pentagon Papers" in real life is: "United States - Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense".
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This tele-movie was made and first broadcast about thirty-two years after "The Pentagon Papers" were first published in 1971.
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The name of the corporate organization that Daniel Ellsberg (James Spader) first worked for was the real life "RAND Corporation". RAND is an acronym which stands for "Research AND Development".
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The Anti War website says of this tele-feature: "The movie is not based on 'Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers,' (the script was written before 'Secrets' came out), and oddly, FX never contacted Dan ['Daniel Ellesberg'] about the film or consulted him in any way. (The only contact, an impersonal one, was to send Ellsberg.Net - along with hundreds of other websites - a mass email after the film was made, asking that we place their banner ad on the site, in exchange for a link from theirs, which we did). Someone with access to the film, who thought Dan should be able to see the film that portrays him before it airs, 'leaked' an an advance copy of the film (FX never gave it to him and was dismayed he had seen it before . . .".
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Star James Spader, who portrays Daniel Ellsberg, had previously starred in the similarly titled movie The Rachel Papers (1989), which had been made and released around fourteen years earlier.
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Actor James Spader, who plays Daniel Ellsberg, had previously appeared in such political themed movies as Bob Roberts (1992) and True Colors (1991).
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This tele-movie's opening titles formed a pentagon symbol (a five-sided polygon) out of the letter "o" in the word pentagon in this tele-feature's "The Pentagon Papers" title logo seen during the starting credits roll.
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