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The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers -- The story of what happens when a former Pentagon insider, armed only with his conscience, steadfast determination, and a file cabinet full of classified documents, decides to challenge an "Imperial" Presidency-answerable to neither Congress, the press, nor the people-in order to help end the Vietnam War.

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Peter Arnett ... Himself - Associated Press Correspondent (archive footage)
Ben Bagdikian ... Himself - Editor, Washington Post
Ann Beeson ... Herself - Associate Legal Director, ACLU
John Dean ... Himself - White House Counsel to President Nixon
Daniel Ellsberg ... Himself
Patricia Ellsberg ... Herself
Robert Ellsberg ... Himself - Daniel's Son
Richard Falk ... Himself - Professor of International Law
Max Frankel ... Himself - Washington Bureau Chief, New York Times
J. William Fulbright ... Himself - Chair Foreign Relations Committee (archive footage)
James Goodale ... Himself - General Counsel, New York Times
Mike Gravel ... Himself - Senator (D-Alaska)

Morton Halperin ... Himself - Supervisor, Vietnam War Study (as Mort Halperin)

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself - President (archive footage)
Randy Kehler ... Himself - Draft Resister
Bud Krogh ... Himself - Director, 'Plumbers' Unit - Nixon White House (as Egil Krogh)
Pete McCloskey ... Himself - Representative, California
Wayne Morse ... Himself - Senator, Oregon (archive footage)

Richard Nixon ... Himself - President (archive footage)
Thomas Oliphant ... Himself - Reporter, Boston Globe (as Tom Oliphant)

Dan Rather ... Himself - Reporter (archive footage)
Tony Russo ... Himself - RAND Analyst
Thomas Schelling ... Himself - RAND Analyst / Nobel Laureate
Hedrick Smith ... Himself - Reporter, New York Times
Janaki Tschannerl ... Herself - Peace Activist
Leonard Weinglass ... Himself - Russo Defense Attorney

Howard Zinn ... Himself - Historian

Directed by
Judith Ehrlich 
Rick Goldsmith 
 
Writing credits
Lawrence Lerew (written by) &
Rick Goldsmith (written by) &
Judith Ehrlich (written by) &
Michael Chandler (written by)

Produced by
Lynn Adler .... associate producer
Judith Ehrlich .... producer
Jodie Evans .... executive producer
Rick Goldsmith .... producer
Max Good .... assistant producer
Claire Greensfelder .... consulting producer
Karen Payne .... consulting producer
 
Original Music by
Blake Leyh 
 
Cinematography by
Vicente Franco 
Dan Krauss 
 
Film Editing by
Michael Chandler 
Rick Goldsmith 
Lawrence Lerew 
 
Production Management
Jorge Trelles .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Nick Bertoni .... sound recordist
James Lebrecht .... supervising sound editor
Alex Wilmer .... sound designer
 
Animation Department
Eli Noyes .... animation director
Tom Rubalcava .... layout artist (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Michael Chandler .... consulting editor
Jesse Spencer .... on-line editor
Jesse Spencer .... post-production coordinator
Stephen Vittoria .... editor: Theatrical Trailer
 
Other crew
Lisa Callif .... clearance counsel
Thomas A. Cohen .... legal services
Michael Donaldson .... clearance counsel
Kenn Rabin .... archival consultant
 

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Anachronisms: (at around 1h 19 mins) Three Black Hawk helicopters are shown disembarking combat-equipped soldiers, ostensibly in Viet Nam. While the first YUH-60 did in fact fly before the fall of Saigon, it was 1976 before three of them had been produced. Production aircraft were not delivered until 1978.See more »
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A man who changed the course of American history, 1 May 2010
Author: starcommand from United States

This documentary is a must-see for anyone interested in American history. The most important reason to see it is that it illustrates the cozy nature of press-government relations in the 1960s, and how that relationship changed radically, albeit slowly, as a result of Daniel Ellsberg's leak of the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times.

The Pentagon Papers were top secret documents that detailed the real reasons for America's entry into the Vietnam War. They clearly showed that presidents Kennedy and Johnson had lied to the American public and flouted international law in sending troops to Southeast Asia. What was revolutionary was the mainstream press's eventual willingness to publish the classified documents. This had never been done before in America. The story as told in this film is as riveting as any spy caper, and shows how individual acts of courage on the part of several people were crucial to the success of Ellsberg's efforts to reveal the truth.

There is also some black humor in the film, where President Nixon reveals his vengeful anger against Ellsberg on excerpts from his famous tapes. It is no exaggeration to say that Ellsberg almost single-handedly set in motion the events that would bring down the Nixon presidency and end America's involvement in Vietnam.

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