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The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers


Courtesy of First Run Features.
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
2010 Academy Award® Nominee for Best Documentary Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith, 2009
Mar 5, 2010–Mar 18, 2010
"The most exciting thriller I've seen in a while – as powerful as anything Hollywood can throw at us." –V.A. Musetto, New York Post

in 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, concludes that the war is based on decades of lies and leaks 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world. Hailed as a hero, vilified as a traitor, and ostracized by even his closest colleagues, Ellsberg risks life in prison to stop a war he helped plan.

This is the riveting story of one man's profound crisis of conscience that shook a nation, its courts, its free press and its presidency to the core. It is also an acutely timely and piercing look at the world of government secrecy in wartime as revealed by the ultimate insider. Marked by a landmark Supreme Court battle between America's greatest newspapers and its president, this political thriller unravels a saga that leads directly to Watergate, Nixon's resignation and the end of the Vietnam War. With Daniel Ellsberg, Patricia Ellsberg, Tony Russo, Howard Zinn, Hedrick Smith, John Dean, and, from the secret White House tapes, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, who called Ellsberg “the most dangerous man in America.” (92 mins., 35mm)

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