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The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009)

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92 min | Documentary

"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" ...See more"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 See less
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Oct 17, 2009 (United States)

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Peter Arnett
Self - Associated Press Correspondent (archive footage) Self - Associated Press Correspondent (archive footage)   See fewer
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Ben Bagdikian
Self - Editor, Washington Post Self - Editor, Washington Post   See fewer
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Ann Beeson
Self - Associate Legal Director, ACLU Self - Associate Legal Director, ACLU   See fewer
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John Dean
Self - White House Counsel to President Nixon Self - White House Counsel to President Nixon   See fewer
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Daniel Ellsberg
Self / Narraror Self / Narraror   See fewer
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Robert Ellsberg
Self - Daniel's Son Self - Daniel's Son   See fewer
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Richard Falk
Self - Professor of International Law Self - Professor of International Law   See fewer
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Max Frankel
Self - Washington Bureau Chief, New York Times Self - Washington Bureau Chief, New York Times   See fewer
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J. William Fulbright
Self - Chair Foreign Relations Committee (archive footage) Self - Chair Foreign Relations Committee (archive footage)   See fewer
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James Goodale
Self - General Counsel, New York Times Self - General Counsel, New York Times   See fewer
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Mike Gravel
Self - Senator (D-Alaska) Self - Senator (D-Alaska)   See fewer
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Morton Halperin
Self - Supervisor, Vietnam War Study (as Mort Halperin) Self - Supervisor, Vietnam War Study (as Mort Halperin)   See fewer
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Lyndon B. Johnson
Self - President (archive footage) (as Lyndon Johnson) Self - President (archive footage) (as Lyndon Johnson)   See fewer
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Randy Kehler
Self - Draft Resister Self - Draft Resister   See fewer
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Bud Krogh
Self - Director, 'Plumbers' Unit - Nixon White House (as Egil Krogh) Self - Director, 'Plumbers' Unit - Nixon White House (as Egil Krogh)   See fewer
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Pete McCloskey
Self - Representative, California Self - Representative, California   See fewer
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Robert McNamara
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
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Wayne Morse
Self - Senator, Oregon (archive footage) Self - Senator, Oregon (archive footage)   See fewer
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Richard Nixon
Self - President (archive footage) Self - President (archive footage)   See fewer
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Thomas Oliphant
Self - Reporter, Boston Globe (as Tom Oliphant) Self - Reporter, Boston Globe (as Tom Oliphant)   See fewer
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Dan Rather
Self - Reporter (archive footage) Self - Reporter (archive footage)   See fewer
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Tony Russo
Self - RAND Analyst Self - RAND Analyst   See fewer
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Thomas Schelling
Self - RAND Analyst / Nobel Laureate Self - RAND Analyst / Nobel Laureate   See fewer
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Hedrick Smith
Self - Reporter, New York Times Self - Reporter, New York Times   See fewer
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Janaki Tschannerl
Self - Peace Activist Self - Peace Activist   See fewer
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Leonard Weinglass
Self - Russo Defense Attorney Self - Russo Defense Attorney   See fewer
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Howard Zinn
Self - Historian Self - Historian   See fewer
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7.7 / 10 | 2,241 votes