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The Pentagon Papers
The Pentagon Papers
Actors: James Spader, Claire Forlani, Paul Giamatti, Alan Arkin, Kenneth Welsh
Director: Rod Holcomb
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
R     2004     1hr 32min

Dramatization of the story of Pentagon worker and former Marine, Daniel Ellsberg, a man who saught to publish classified information that disclosed the United States' true involvement in the Vietnam War. — Item Type: DVD Mo...  more »


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Actors: James Spader, Claire Forlani, Paul Giamatti, Alan Arkin, Kenneth Welsh
Director: Rod Holcomb
Creators: Michael Mayers, Rod Holcomb, Fritzi Horstman, John Sacret Young, Joshua D. Maurer, Stephen J. Turnbull, Jason Horwitch
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 02/17/2004
Original Release Date: 03/09/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 03/09/2003
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The embodiment of "Love your country, fear your government!
Nancy L. Middleton | Vermont | 09/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie came out on TNT within a month of the start of "Operation Iraqi Freedom." I had taped it off the TV and made copies of the TV broadcast for just about everyone I knew.
For those of us who watched with jaws dropped as Congress voted nearly unanimously to support the war, the movie brings back in vivid detail the times from the late 60's. I appreciate that it brought out the personal inner turmoil of a man who was initially a "hawk" (because he felt that Communism must be stopped), but who became convinced that the Viet Nam War was wrong and that he needed to do something to stop it, even at the risk of being tried for treason.
Having lived in Washington throughout the entire Watergate affair, leaving a week or two after Nixon, I really appreciate the delicious irony of the fact that Nixon was so anxious to discredit Ellsburg that he had his "Watergate Burglers" break into Ellsburg's psychiatrist office and steal his file. It was this contamination of due process that resulted in Ellsburg's trial being thrown out of court.

This movie is a must-see for any student of democracy, and any American who is under 45....

Intelligent, thought-provoking drama
tahl2 | Alexandria, VA USA | 08/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Despite excellent supporting performances, this movie is really a one-man show: it's all about Spader's smart, emotional performance as Daniel Ellsberg.

Very little of the movie happens in the Watergate time-frame from which we know Ellberg's name. Most instead covers the ten years (roughly 1963-1973) during which he reached the point of thinking the most patriotic act he could take was to release top-secret Department of Defense material about the Vietnam war. It's an engrossing exploration of the great questions: what is duty? to whom do we owe loyalty?

Nothing explodes, except during a few striking, necessary scenes in Vietnam. Thanks be for intelligent film-making.

Wonderful "made for TV" film!!!
LaDeBoBo | Aurora, Illinois United States | 01/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"THE PENTAGON PAPERS is a truly engrossing dramatic film! Despite being "made for TV," wonderful performances abound in this movie. James Spader--an extraordinarily gifted actor--gives a top-notch portrayal of Daniel Ellsberg, which keeps the viewers' attention throughout the course of the film. The story has a fascinating plot that explores a complex question: is treason justifiable when it will reveal the truth to the public? Should revealing classified documents to prove the failures of the Vietnam war be considered treason...or should it be considered an act of patriotism? This film thoughtfully considers these questions and more, and leaves you to form your own opinions about whether Ellsberg's actions were right or wrong.

If you are a fan of James Spader, this film is a he is at his best here. For anyone interested in a good story, based on true events, this movie is worth a look!"
A must see!
J. Walsh | 04/13/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Though a serviceman involved in the Vietnam War, I never knew so much about what was really going on until seeing this great film. Want to know about Vietnam, political corruption, and the misuse of truth? See it!"