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

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

Directed By: Judith Ehrlich & Rick Goldsmith


Comprised of talking head interviews, news reports, and (somewhat clumsy) “recreations” of key events (Oooh, photocopying!) the film exposes Ellsberg rise as one of the most famous American whistleblowers of all time.

Broadening its scope from simply a biography of Ellsber’s remarkable journey, the central thesis is that it was the release of the Pentagon papers that set in motion the events that culminated in the Watergate break-in, and thus, in turn, ended the war with the ousting of Nixon. While this claim may overly simplify the history, there’s still enough insight, often with remarkably forthright comments from the participants, that make for a interesting watch.

Pale beside such luminous, groundbreaking docs as “Fog of War” or even the latest Frontline production, there’s still much to be enlightened by.

Grade: B-


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