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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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Cast

 
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
 
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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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Featured in The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) (TV)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating American, 27 November 2010
Author: angry127 from London, England

I did not know much about Daniel Ellsberg before watching this movie. I think Daniel Ellsberg is more remembered because of the fact that the plumbers broke into his psychiatrist's office. The story of the Pentagon Papers is also known, but not as much. As can be seen in the film, the release of them did not have the kind of large impact one would expect.

I never knew that Ellsberg had such a large influence of the implementation of the Vietnam War. I was always under the impression he had just been a pen pusher not making logistical decisions. I would have never guessed that he served in that country as a civilian.

We see some other interesting facts about Ellsberg. I never knew that he was participating in peace rallies with Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn. I didn't know he had an emotional sea change in his life after he heard about individuals going to prison to protest the war. It is a very interesting story.

Besides that, the documentary is well put together. There aren't any interesting or outlandish cinematographic choices. The film is very basic in this respect. I think subject of the documentary carries more that the people involved in making it.

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