An Unlikely Weapon
An Unlikely Weapon (2008)

The weapon in question is not a firearm (as might be expected) but a camera: from the 1950s through the early 21st century, photojournalist and sports photographer Eddie Adams (1933-2004) caught a series of indelible images through his lens… More

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Release Date: February 18, 2008
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

A picture of a complex mind with a gift for capturing humanity and inhumanity with heartbreaking force.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

In the documentary An Unlikely Weapon, Adams and people such as Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings and Morley Safer talk extensively about his career as a photojournalist for The Associated Press and later for Time, Parade and even Penthouse.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Those previously unfamiliar with Eddie Adams will be mostly fascinated and somewhat intrigued, but, for everyone else, An Unlikely Weapon serves merely as a pedantic, Reader's Digest version of Adams' career rather than as truly revealing and illuminating

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

As chock-full of insights -- from Peter Jennings, Peter Arnett, Gordon Parks among others -- it is the famed war photojournalist's works that still create space to be startled, to be rewired.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

The man had stories to tell, in person and in his pictures.

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Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

Documentary about the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and celebrity-portrait photographer Eddie Adams, whose image of a 1968 street execution in Saigon became an icon of the Vietnam War.

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John Anderson
Variety

It's their reminiscences that are the most poignant and revealing about a man who seems, in Cooper's interviews, to have done all he could to conceal himself.

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Nathan Lee
New York Times

The strongest material in An Unlikely Weapon contemplates the import of that shot, and of photojournalism itself, on the events of its time.

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Paul Brenner
Filmcritic.com

Adams, one of the great American photojournalists, is more than deserving of a documentary tribute. Unfortunately, for all its good intentions, An Unlikely Weapon is not that documentary

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