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

Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, concludes that the war is based on decades of lies and leaks 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world. Ellsberg… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: June 1, 2009
DVD Release Date: July 20, 2010
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

For those who know the story, Most Dangerous Man puts it in fresh perspective. If you don't, there's probably not a better way to discover it.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The film is also an exciting cloak-and-dagger thriller.

Bill Gibron

Daniel Ellsberg was the first insider to take his concerns outside. The results changed the course of the conversation, and a country.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

This isn't a dusty chapter of ancient history, but a fresh, exciting story. Ellsberg, who worked as a defense analyst in the government-funded Rand Corp., emerges as a complex and contradictory character.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Ehrlich and Goldsmith carve out their own little place in the canon by focusing on the ethical journey of one man who refused to shrug off his own responsibility for the war and atoned for it with a seismic act of civil disobedience.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

But because "Dangerous Man" sees the era through Ellsberg's eyes, and we hear the disgust in his voice as he describes his younger, gung-ho self, the film becomes a fascinating and clear-eyed self-portrait.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

For those who lived through the turmoil of Vietnam, and for the generations that have come since, the film is an important document in its own right.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is a skillful, well-made film, although, since Ellsberg is the narrator, it doesn't probe him very deeply. We see his version of himself.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Stop me if you've heard this one, but sometimes politicians get us into wars that last forever and go nowhere under false pretenses.

Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Daniel Ellsberg released confidential Pentagon documents that led to a shift in the public's opinion about the Vietnam War. This is most interesting… More
Alec Barniskis
It explains the release of the Pentagon Papers well and the subsequent trials that occurred as a result, but I don't think we really get to know Ellsberg… More
Lanning : )
A stunning documentary of the man who helped launch and then bring an end to the Vietnam War. Not to mention bringing down Nixon and his clutch of horrible… More
Bill Cavros
Wow very enlightening, I had always taken Ellsberg for a California Flake. Not the ex-Marine Corps commander who traveled on the "Hot" missions as an… More
Walter M.
This documentary is something of a mixed bag. Admittedly, I knew most of the facts surrounding the Pentagon Papers, having read Daniel Ellsberg's… More
Grifty G
A fascinating story about a piece of history I knew little about. Daniel Ellsberg worked at the Pentagon as a strategist for the Vietnam War. He had access to… More