The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
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Gripping! Almost seismic drama... A classic whistleblower tale. --Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
Gripping, evocative... comprehensively detailed... chilling -- and perversely entertaining. --Gary Goldstein, The Los Angeles Times
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What many people don't know about Dr. Ellsberg is that he was an officer in the Marine Corps before he went into the academic world, then became a Rand Corp. analyst.
The most interesting element of the film is the process of watching Ellsberg change. He even examined a little of what led him into the Marines, wondering, he thought, whether he could make it. He ended up being the only 1st lieutenant overseeing 211 other Marines in a rifle company. While there, he still seemed to believe in "the system."
Early in the film, it seemed like it may go into a pscho-babble direction, i.e., diagnosing why he did what he did, But that wasn't, fortunately, taken too far. But while working for the system--being part of that system that perpetuated the war-- his conscience began to bother him. He talked with others, notably Tony Russo, who encouraged him to follow his conscience.
The film went from a silhouetted "actor" portraying Ellsberg on the phone, or in discussions with others, to an occasional animation. But the animation wasn't frivolous.Read more ›
For a younger generation not familiar with the virtual civil war that was going on in American society in the latter stages of the Vietnam War this will serve as a primer, of sorts. Virtually every institution from the local PTA to the White House was subject to analysis and to questioning about the purposes of its existence. Although such intense scrutiny only lasted for a short while it provided enough political space for the previously seemingly non-heroic ex-Marine Daniel Ellsberg to do his expose, for the mainstream mass media, like the "New York Times", "Washington Post", and "The Boston Globe" very connected to the governmental levers of power, to take a chance on publishing the whole of Ellsberg's discoveries. And, frankly, with the partial exception of Watergate there have been very few subsequent efforts like this from inside the establishment.Read more ›
Reviewed from any direction, this is an excellent piece of personal reportage. Meticulously researched, truthfully written, realisticly but creatively shot, and marvelously edited, this is a serious and highly responsible documentation, not only of an important period of American history, but also of the broad and deep failure of this generation of leaders in positions of responsibility to "do the right thing." And, it may well be a predictor of what can happen to the future of presidential leadership, if well-informed, highly responsible and conscientious citizens and the mainstream media don't take our roles seriously, and act to preserve the values on which this country was founded.
Timme Helzer, Professor and Consultant
Organizational Leadership and Change
But, more importantly, it shows how this man, Daniel Ellsberg, evolved. Mr. Ellsberg reveals, in a very personal, raw narrative of how he came to make this profound, dramatic turn. The culture of denial, cover-up and delusion became undeniably apparent. He stated, "it wasn't that we were on the wrong side, we were the wrong side." He teaches us, through his experience, without being preachy, not only to question authority, but to question ourselves. To face reality, and act responsibly, even if this means facing disdain and contempt, losing your career, and indeed, your very freedom.
The documentary also elucidates the role of Randy Kehler, a war resister, in his dramatic influence on Daniel Ellsberg. We had never heard much about him. One person really can make a difference. Even if he or she is not famous, or in "high places".
I am tempted to say this movie ripped my heart out. And it did. But it also reached in, very deep, and grabbed my conscience.
The messages in this documentary will stay with me forever. This man's bravery and courage continues today as he speaks out when it is not popular. I feel like I know him now. Thank you Daniel Ellsberg. And thank you to your late, bold, daring "partner in crime", Anthony Russo. I can still hear your whistles blowing.
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I practically slept through that horrible era. This shows how evil our government can be, even today. Ellsberg and Snowden are heroes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AlchemystAZ
It was interesting to revisit the Watergate period and all the outrageous things that went on during that time.Published 12 months ago by Bunnylulu
Movie is outstanding. Shows genius military boy go from rising star, to "Most Dangerous Man In America". Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bradley G. Mastin
This is a gripping account of one of the most important events in recent American history. It will keep you engrossed from beginning to end. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Michael Snyder
WHAT A FLIPPING AWESOME CD!!! POWER-PACKED AND FILLED WITH INDISPUTABLE FACTS!!! After watching this movie, I read the entire Pentagon Papers looking for inaccuracies and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by TangerineSkies2005