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If you are a fan of James Spader, this film is a must...as he is at his best here. For anyone interested in a good story, based on true events, this movie is worth a look!
Very little of the movie happens in the Watergate time-frame from which we know Ellberg's name. Most instead covers the ten years (roughly 1963-1973) during which he reached the point of thinking the most patriotic act he could take was to release top-secret Department of Defense material about the Vietnam war. It's an engrossing exploration of the great questions: what is duty? to whom do we owe loyalty?
Nothing explodes, except during a few striking, necessary scenes in Vietnam. Thanks be for intelligent film-making.
For those of us who watched with jaws dropped as Congress voted nearly unanimously to support the war, the movie brings back in vivid detail the times from the late 60's. I appreciate that it brought out the personal inner turmoil of a man who was initially a "hawk" (because he felt that Communism must be stopped), but who became convinced that the Viet Nam War was wrong and that he needed to do something to stop it, even at the risk of being tried for treason.
Having lived in Washington throughout the entire Watergate affair, leaving a week or two after Nixon, I really appreciate the delicious irony of the fact that Nixon was so anxious to discredit Ellsburg that he had his "Watergate Burglers" break into Ellsburg's psychiatrist office and steal his file. It was this contamination of due process that resulted in Ellsburg's trial being thrown out of court.
This movie is a must-see for any student of democracy, and any American who is under 45....
The lessons from this book are many. The Iran Contra Affair is another important 'read'.
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Gone to graveyards, everyone.
Oh, when will they ever learn?
When will WE ever learn? Despite the horrific revelations of this powerful book, it seems the answer is "Never!"
when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Or so he believed before harsh reality set in ....
Troubled by the massive discrepancies in official reports arriving from Vietnam, he volunteered to be an observer in the field, eventually staying in Vietnam for a couple of years. During that time, he saw more & more that the war was not only unwinnable, but essentially immoral. As he himself would eventually put it, "We aren't on the wrong side, we ARE the wrong side."
Upon returning to his position with the Rand Corporation, he was one of the contributors to the in-house, secret history of the war in Vietnam commissioned by Robert McNamara. When he began reading its 7000+ pages, he was shocked by what he discovered: a history of lies, deceptions, and moral blindness that permeated several presidencies, both Democratic & Republican. This tore his life apart, and his conscience would not allow him to remain silent. The American people had a right to know what was being done in their names, behind their backs.
And so he made his choice: to release the Pentagon Papers to the press, so that the public could know the truth. Ellsberg knew very well that he might face a lifetime in jail, but he would not be deterred.Read more ›
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I saw this on Netflix. I had to have this piece of history for my own, especially since I lived through it.Published 22 days ago by Georgie
The Pentagon Papers, 2003 film
This is a story about Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon analyst with the highest security clearance for a civilian. Read more
In light of Edward Snowden, this is a must view film! We each need to become aware and decide what we believe about secrecy and security. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Linda Cetrone Levy
Another great performance by James Spader. Loved his acting skills in Boston Legal. Searching for other movies he was in in his youth. Not as arrogant but cockie.Published 3 months ago by M. E. Jones
James Spader gave an excellent performance as he usually does. I think they resisted making him a hero but rather tried to reveal his turmoil before releasing the documents. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mary Scurlock
Good movie. I didn't know about this story. As usual, James Spader rocked!Published 6 months ago by Sherry C. Cotten
Another must-see miracle re-enactment. Really does not pull any punches. Spader is a genius actor.Published 7 months ago by AlchemystAZ
James Spade who is an excellent actor made The Pentagon Papers a great movie.Published 10 months ago by Carole Broskoskie