The Pentagon Papers 2003

The Pentagon Papers

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Daniel Ellsberg (James Spader) works for a think tank, analyzing data about the escalating Vietnam War, which he ardently supports. Visiting Saigon, he discovers that the situation is more dire than he had been led to believe. Back in Washington, D.C., he gains access to documents detailing the U.S. government's intent to deceive the public about the war's progress. With help from his wife, Patricia (Claire Forlani), and friend Anthony Russo (Paul Giamatti), he leaks the papers to the press.

Cast

James Spader
as Daniel Ellsberg
Paul Giamatti
as Anthony Russo
Claire Forlani
as Patricia Marx
Alan Arkin
as Harry Rowen
Hannah Lochner
as Mary Ellsberg
Kenneth Welsh
as John McNaughton
Jonas Chernick
as Neil Sheehan
Mark Benesh
as Leonard Compson III
Maria Del Mar
as Carol Ellsberg
Michael Stevens
as Russo's Lawyer
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  • Feb 09, 2012
    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
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