The Pentagon Papers (2003)

The Pentagon Papers (2003)

The Pentagon Papers





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It was certainly no coincidence that the made-for-cable historical film The Pentagon Papers was timed for released just when America was poised to wrestle with the question as to whether or not the President had the right to declare war on Iraq without full congressional and/or United Nations approval. The film covers several decades in the life of Harvard graduate Daniel Ellsberg (James Spader), who as a Pentagon official during two presidential administrations regards himself as patriotic as … More

Rating: R (for some war images and brief sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Jason Horwitch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 17, 2004
City Entertainment

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as Daniel Ellsberg

as Anthony Russo

as Patricia Marx

as Harry Rowen

as John McNaughton

as Mary Ellsberg

as Neil Sheehan

as Leonard Compson III

as Carol Ellsberg

as Russo's Lawyer
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The limitations of its production are felt (made-for-TV, small budget) with overly brief characterizations and the often rushed scenes, but the true story is a timely and powerful one, and the film does a pretty good job covering the impact of what Ellsberg did, and the risks he was taking. James Spader really carried the film with his performance, and was helped by the always reliable and engaging Paul Giamatti.

3/5 Stars

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

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So relevant for 2008. A kind of narrative that is a step away from being a docudrama -- explains the Pentagon Papers, which preceded Watergate, and how and why these events happened. James Slater is young and is the same as he is on Boston Legal.

Fascinating story about the guy that leaked the papers and his moral dilemma and what would seem obvious today.

Bonney Jackson

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