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The Pentagon Papers ()


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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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  • Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations.
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Daniel Ellsberg
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Patricia Marx
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Anthony Russo
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Harry Rowen
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John McNaughon
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Carol Ellsberg
Sean McCann ...
John Mitchell
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H.R. Haldeman
Richard Fitzpatrick ...
John Ehrlichman
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Neil Sheehan
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Jan Butler
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Randy Kehler
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Senator Fulbright (as George Robertson)
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FBI Agent
Roland Rothchild ...
FBI Agent
Damir Andrei ...
Leonard Boudin
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Charles Nesson
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Judge W. Matthew Byrne
Neville Edwards ...
Bailiff
Matt Cooke ...
Rand Employee
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Army Officer at Rand
Owen Rilan ...
Corcoran
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Charlotte
Daneen Boone ...
Blonde at Russos's
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District Attorney
Bruce Gooch ...
Supreme Court Marshal
Mark Benesh ...
Leonard Compson III
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Sgt. Watson
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Marine Radio Man
Amy Troung ...
Vietnamese Woman
Kris Saric ...
Marine Captain in Bar
Derek Murchie ...
Air Force Officer in Bar
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Mary Ellsberg - Younger
Hayley Lochner ...
Mary Ellsberg - Older
Michael Cameron ...
Robert Ellsberg - Younger
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Robert Ellsberg - Older
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
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TV Journalist
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News Reporter
David Lyle ...
News Reporter
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Doug Hicton ...
News Reporter (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Michael Sercerchi ...
Anti-War Activist (uncredited)
Michael Stevens ...
Russo's Long-Haired Lawyer #1 (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Demitri Warner ...
Speaker Organizer (uncredited)

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Rod Holcomb

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Jason Horwitch ... (written by)

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Rod Holcomb ... supervising producer
Fritzi Horstman ... associate producer
Joshua D. Maurer ... executive producer
Stephen J. Turnbull ... line producer
John Sacret Young ... consulting producer

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Normand Corbeil

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Michael Mayers

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Christopher Nelson

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Brian Lovery ... color timer: dailies
Jenna Nelson ... assistant editor
John Potter ... color timer: video

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Nancy Foy

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Sandra Kybartas

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Armando Sgrignuoli

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Erica Milo

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Eydi Caines-Floyd

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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

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Mary Pantelidis ... production manager
Skates Naiman ... production supervisor (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ted Hanlan ... second unit director
David McLeod ... first assistant director (as David MacLeod)
Pierre Ouellet ... second assistant director
Sean Watson ... third assistant director

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Dave Byers ... on-set dresser
David Orin Charles ... on-set dresser
Vladislav Fedorov ... first assistant art director
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

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Karma Barber ... foley artist / foley mixer
Gonzo Cervantes ... foley mixer
Greg Chapman ... sound mixer
Adam DeCoster ... foley artist
Jason England ... dialogue editor
Ken Kobett ... re-recording mixer
Donald Lyles ... sound recordist
Peter Melnychuk ... boom operator
Todd Morrissey ... adr mixer
George Nemzer ... sound effects editor
Mike Olman ... re-recording mixer (as Michael Olman)
Eddie Rogers ... dialogue editor / foley mixer
John Rotondi ... sound engineer
Clancy T. Troutman ... supervising sound editor

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Laird McMurray ... special effects coordinator
Shane Million ... special effects department coordinator
Ted Shackleton ... special effects coordinator

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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)

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Eric Bryson ... stunt coordinator
Louis Paquette ... stunt actor
Ken Quinn ... stunt coordinator
Rene Bishop ... stunt performer (uncredited)

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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

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Bradley A. Flett ... extras casting
Stephanie Gorin ... casting: Canada
Helen Mossler ... casting executive

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Kevin Barry ... assistant costume designer
Joan Boyko ... wardrobe supervisor

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Derek Brady ... location manager
Jeffery Pong ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Roger Hewett ... orchestrator
Gerry Sackman ... music editor
Rick Winquest ... music scoring mixer

Transportation Department

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Ben Cekuta ... transportation coordinator
Marco Sousa ... transportation captain
Ian C. Harris ... daily picture cars (uncredited)

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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
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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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines His greatest act of patriotism was an act of treason. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Pentagon Papers (World-wide, English title)
  • Les hommes du Pentagone (France)
  • Die Pentagon Papiere (Germany)
  • Traición en el Pentágono (Spain)
  • I synomosia tou Pentagonou (Greece)
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  • 99 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The name of the book that Daniel Ellsberg (James Spader) was reading was "The Life of Gandhi" about Mohandas K. Gandhi (aka "Mahatma Gandhi"). 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 »
Movie Connections Referenced in Spook (2003). See more »

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