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

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.

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

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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