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

2009 - ENGLISH - MOVIE

Documentary

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  • Jini Score
    80%
  • Critics Score
    82%
  • Rating
    7.7/10
  • Box Office
    $ 0 Million
  • Jini Score
    80%
  • Critics Score
    82%
  • Rating
    7.7/10
  • Box Office
    $ 0 Million
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The Most Dangerous Man in America is 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. In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg shook America to its foundations when he smuggled a top-secret Pentagon study to the New York Times that showed how five Presidents consistently lied to the American people about the Vietnam War that was killing millions and tearing America apart. President Nixon's National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger called Ellsberg the most dangerous man in America, who had to be stopped at all costs. But Ellsberg wasn't stopped. Facing 115 years in prison on espionage and conspiracy charges, he fought back. Ensuing events surrounding the so-called Pentagon Papers led directly to Watergate and the downfall of President Nixon, and hastened the end of the Vietnam War. Ellsberg's relentless telling of truth to power, which exposed the secret deeds of an Imperial Presidency, inspired Americans of all walks of life to forever question the previously-unchallenged pronouncements of its leaders. The Most Dangerous Man in America tells the inside story, for the first time on film, of this pivotal event that changed history and transformed our nation's political discourse. It is told largely by the players of that dramatic episode-Ellsberg, his colleagues, family and critics; Pentagon Papers authors and government officials; Vietnam veterans and anti-war activists; Watergate principals, attorneys and the journalists who both covered the story and were an integral part of it; and finally-through White House audiotapes-President Nixon and his inner circle of advisors. Written by Anonymous The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers is a 2009 American English-language Documentary motion picture featuring Daniel Ellsberg, Peter Arnett, Ben Bagdikian, Ann Beeson, John Dean, Patricia Ellsberg and Howard Zinn. The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers was Produced by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith. The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers is written by Michael Chandler, Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith and Lawrence Lerew and it is directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith. First Run Features acquired the distribution rights for the film. The motion picture has a running time of 92 minutes. and it received positive reviews from critics when it was released. The film made a box office gross of $0 million. Cinematography was done by Vicente Franco and Dan Krauss and editing by Michael Chandler, Rick Goldsmith and Lawrence Lerew. The music was composed by Blake Leyh.

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

Average Review Rating : 5.0/5

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Positive Review Rating : 78%

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  • Austin Chronicle

    'Mostly, however, Most Dangerous Man is an enlightening portrait of one mans moral evolution.' ( Read More )
  • In another time and culture, a story on this scale would deserve an opera. ( Read More )
  • Village Voice

    Its a professional job, standing above the crowd of politico documentaries that proliferate like kudzu over arthouse screens. ( Read More )
  • New Yorker

    The movie is an act of hero worship, but it inadvertently suggests that, without a necessary touch of grandiosity, Ellsberg might never have acted as bravely as he did. ( Read More )
  • East Bay Express

    We cant help picturing them a few years later, torching villages in Russia. ( Read More )
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Awards for The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
  • Academy Awards, USA
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    2 NOMINATIONS
  • International Documentary Association
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    9 NOMINATIONS
  • Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival
    2 WON
    4 NOMINATIONS
  • Primetime Emmy Awards
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    4 NOMINATIONS
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival
    2 WON
    4 NOMINATIONS
  • National Board of Review, USA
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS