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The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
A film by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith

94 minutes, color, English, 2009

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Co-winner of the 2009 Freedom of Expression Award from the National Board of Review (and one of their Five Best Documentaries of the Year), Winner of the Special Jury Award at IDFA, and a 2009 Oscar Nominee for Best Documentary Oscar, The Most Dangerous Man in America tells the story of Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, who in 1971 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. A riveting story of how this one man’s profound change of heart created a landmark struggle involving America’s newspapers, its president and Supreme Court. 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.”

ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE - Best Documentary Feature

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"CRITIC’S PICK! Riveting! A straight-ahead, enthralling story of moral courage. This story changed the world…offers one revelatory interview after another… We have not celebrated Daniel Ellsberg enough. Let’s begin." - David Edelstein, New York Magazine

"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

"Fascinating, must-see documentary ….crams a wealth of material into 90 minutes without losing clarity or momentum." - Ronnie Scheib, Variety

"Gripping, evocative… comprehensively detailed …chilling and perversely entertaining."
- Gary Goldstein, The Los Angeles Times

"A thrilling journalistic drama… a brisk and eye-opening approach to recent history."
- Chris Barsanti, The Hollywood Reporter

Recommended Reading

Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers by Daniel Ellsberg

The Pentagon Papers by George Herring

Papers on the War by Daniel Ellsberg

The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam


See details about this film's theatrical run.


Interview: Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, The Most Dangerous Man in America, Filmmaker Magazine, 1/27/10

Watch Woody Harrelson discuss The Most Dangerous Man in America.

Watch Daniel Ellsberg on CNN, Ellsberg at the Oscars, 3/5/10

See Daniel Ellsberg on the red carpet at the 2010 Oscars.

Watch Daniel Ellsberg discuss the Wikileaks controversy on MSNBC, Democracy Now! and with Larry King on CNN.

Learn about The Zinn Education Project teaching guide on The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.

Disc Features

●  The Nixon Tapes (audio highlights from the Oval Office)
●  Interviews: Woody Harrelson & Naomi Wolf on Ellsberg
●  5.1 Audio Option
●  Closed Captions

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