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

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Encore Broadcast Date: June 7, 2011

PBS Premiere: October 5, 2010


In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a leading Vietnam War strategist, concludes that America’s role in the war is based on decades of lies. He leaks 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to The New York Times, a daring act of conscience that leads directly to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation and the end of the Vietnam War. Ellsberg and a who’s-who of Vietnam-era movers and shakers give a riveting account of those world-changing events in POV’s The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers by award-winning filmmakers Judith Ehrlich (The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It) and Rick Goldsmith (Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press). A co-production of ITVS in association with American Documentary | POV. (90 minutes)

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TAGS: daniel ellsberg, howard zinn, nixon, pentagon papers, vietnam

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Film Information

The Most Dangerous Man in America (90 min.)

Premiere Date: October 5, 2010

Encore Broadcast Date: June 7, 2011

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmakers: Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: 2011 Encore Broadcast | Fact Sheet | Peabody Award | Updated New York Times/POV Panel Press Release | Critical Acclaim | Oscar Nomination | Emmy Nomination | 2010 Premiere Broadcast | POV Awards Community Engagement Grants


Judith Ehrlich
Judith Ehrlich
Rick Goldsmith
Rick Goldsmith

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Critical Acclaim

2010 Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary Feature”

— The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

A Must-See. Crams a wealth of material into 90 minutes without losing clarity or momentum. … A unique fusion of personal and social drama.”

— Ronnie Scheib,

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