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The Pentagon Papers (2003)

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.

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Rod Holcomb

Writer:

Jason Horwitch
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Sean McCann ... John Mitchell
James Downing ... H.R. Haldeman
Richard Fitzpatrick 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 Roland Rothchild ... FBI Agent
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Storyline

Daniel Ellsberg, a hawkish analyst for the Rand Corporation think-tank and later for the U.S. government, supports the war in Vietnam until two powerful occurrences: the experience, first-hand, of combat and political turmoil in Vietnam, and the discovery of secret Defense Department documents detailing the deliberate fabrication of reasons to initiate and expand the war. Facing a crisis of conscience, Ellsberg becomes convinced that the American people have not been told the truth about the war, its justifications, or its likely outcome. He decides to expose the secret history of the war in hopes that the American public, its eyes opened, will force the government to end the war. In order to do so, he must risk his career and his freedom, perhaps even his life. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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His greatest act of patriotism was an act of treason. See more »


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Rated R for some war images and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Pentagon-ügyirat See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Stereo

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Color (archive footage)| Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White | Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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". See more »

Goofs

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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Referenced in Spook (2003) See more »

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Amazing Story Told Amazingly Well
31 May 2003 | by bertieclemSee all my reviews

This is a terrific movie about a story that few know. I believe Walter Cronkite called Daniel Ellsberg's leaking of the Pentagon Papers war document the most important story of the latter part of the 20th Century. Performances are really strong and the direction excellent. This is one of those rare moments when a telefilm elevates itself and becomes something very important.


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