The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
DIRECTED BY - Rick Goldsmith, Judith Ehrlich
In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a top military strategist working for the RAND Corporation, leaked a 7,000 page document known as the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times. Disenchanted with the nation's conduct in Vietnam, Ellsberg believed the release of the top secret paper -- which outlined the "secret history" of the war -- was crucial to educating the public about the government's lies and misdeeds. This documentary chronicles the media and political frenzy that Ellsberg unleashed, and traces the effect of the leak on public perception of both the war and the White House.
RUNTIME - 94 minutes
RATING - Not Rated
YEAR - 2009
FORMAT - DVD Region 1
SPECIAL FEATURES (DVD Only) -
Note: The Nixon tapes (audio highlightings from the oval office)
Woody Harrelson & Naomi Wolf on Ellsberg
- Audience Award
2009 Mill Valley Film Festival (Mill Valley, United States)
- Audience Award, Best Documentary
2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival (Palm Springs, United States)
- Freedom Of Expression Award
2009 National Board of Review (United States)
- Nominee - Best Documentary
2010 Academy Awards (Hollywood, United States)
- Special Jury Award
2010 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
"[T]his detailed, clearly told and persuasive film, directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, is firmly on the side of heroic."
- , New York Times
"[An] evocative documentary....Fortunately, the staunchly committed and controversial Ellsberg, now 78, is still around to tell his history-making tale, and he lends the film gravitas as both its persuasive narrator and primary talking head."
- Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times