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


“…and that was a conscious lie. We all knew that inside the government and not one of us told the press or the public or the electorate during that election. It was a well kept secret by thousands and thousands of people, including me. ” – Daniel Ellsberg

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the life and actions of a government official who needed to decide whether to reveal top government secrets when he saw that they were not in the interest of the country.

My Take on it – This is a documentary that I’ve been interested in watching for years yet never got around to doing it.

I saw an interview with Daniel Ellsberg on The Colbert Report  years ago and was fascinated with his story so I dived a bit deeper into things at the time.

When the film The Post (2017) came out a year and a half ago, I knew much of the story due to my prior knowledge about this event and how Ellsberg was connected to it all.

This documentary is quite comprehensive in the way that it shows the events that led up to the Pentagon Papers being leaked to the press by Ellsberg.

They have some great interviews here with Ellsberg himself and with other important figures that are connected to the story which helps make things even more interesting to watch unfold.

Th choice to not show the story in a completely linear fashion actually works quite well and it also forces the viewer to follow closely the events of the story because they don;t want to miss anything along the way especially since the payoff is very worthwhile.

Bottom Line – Interesting documentary that tells us the whole story about what happened regarding the Pentagon Papers. The interviews with Ellsberg and other key individuals involved in the story helps make things even more intriguing as we watch it all unfold. I really liked the way that they manage to tell things in a non-linear fashion because it makes one required to follow everything happening since the payoff is very worthwhile. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Three Black Hawk helicopters are shown disembarking combat-equipped soldiers, ostensibly in Viet Nam. While the first YUH-60 did in fact fly before the fall of Saigon, it was 1976 before three of them had been produced. Production aircraft were not delivered until 1978. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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