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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 the next fellow. ...
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Overview

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 the next fellow. According to the unabashedly slanted teleplay by Jason Horwitch, it is this sense of patriotism that compels Ellsberg to release a 7,000-page classified report to The New York Times and The Washington Post, revealing that the official story of America's "success" in Vietnam was both exaggerated and distorted, and that the public has been egregiously misled for years. As a result of this act, Ellsberg, whose family life has already been destroyed by his devotion to his work, faces charges of treason from the Nixon administration. Ironically, it is Nixon's reaction to Ellsberg's security breach which leads him to create his team of gap-stopping "plumbers" -- who would, of course, bring about the president's downfall with the Watergate scandal. Surprisingly, The Pentagon Papers premiered March 9, 2003, over the FX network, a cable service owned by the markedly conservative Rupert Murdoch.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/2004
  • UPC: 097368012448
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 51,041

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Spader Daniel Ellsberg
Paul Giamatti Anthony Russo
Claire Forlani Patricia Marx
Alan Arkin Harry Rowen
Hannah Lochner Mary Ellsberg
Mark Benesh Leonard Compson III
Jonas Chernick Neil Sheehan
Michael Stevens Russo's Lawyer
Technical Credits
Rod Holcomb Director
Normand Corbeil Score Composer
Jason Horwitch Teleplay
Joshua Maurer Executive Producer
Michael Mayers Cinematographer
Stephen Turnbull Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Cold War Games [5:56]
2. One of the President's Men [4:24]
3. The Pentagon [7:25]
4. In Country [5:42]
5. Liaison in Saigon [3:29]
6. Crossfire [5:43]
7. Dire Situation [4:19]
8. The Papers [8:28]
9. In the Wilderness [8:16]
10. Man on a Tightrope [7:38]
11. Everything to Lose [3:40]
12. A Good Story [4:05]
13. Hell Breaks Loose [7:33]
14. A Right to Read [5:43]
15. Case Dismissed [7:11]
16. Epilogue [1:59]
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