The Most Dangerous Man in America

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The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
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Directed by
Produced by
  • Judith Ehrlich
  • Rick Goldsmith
Written by
StarringDaniel Ellsberg
Music byBlake Leyh
Cinematography
Edited by
  • Michael Chandler
  • Rick Goldsmith
  • Lawrence Lerew
Distributed byFirst Run Features
Release date
  • 11 September 2009 (2009-09-11) (Toronto)
  • 5 February 2010 (2010-02-05) (United States)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers is a 2009 documentary film directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith. The film follows Daniel Ellsberg and explores the events leading up to the 1971 publication of the Pentagon Papers, which exposed the top-secret military history of the United States' involvement in Vietnam.[1]

The film was shown on the PBS series POV in 2010, for which it earned a Peabody Award.[2][3]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The Most Dangerous Man in America has an approval rating of 96% on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 56 reviews, and an average rating of 7.84/10.[4] Metacritic assigned the film a weighted average score of 75 out of 100, based on 18 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Nominated[edit]

Won[edit]

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

  • Special Jury Award

Palm Springs International Film Festival

  • Audience Award Best Documentary

National Board of Review, USA

  • Freedom of Expression Award

Mill Valley Film Festival, USA

  • Audience Award Best Documentary

San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, USA

  • Best In Fest

Boulder International Film Festival, USA

  • Best Feature Documentary

It's All True Film Festival, Brazil

  • Audience Award Best Documentary

Fresno Film Festival, USA

  • Audience Award Best Documentary

Sydney Film Festival, Australia

  • Best Documentary

Mendocino Film Festival, USA

  • Audience Choice Award Co-Winner

Docaviv Film Festival, Israel

  • Special Jury Mention

Traverse City Film Festival, USA

  • Audience Award Best Documentary

American Historical Association, USA

  • John O'Connor Film Award

History Makers Award, USA

  • Best History Production

Organization of American Historians, USA

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hale, Mike (16 September 2009). "Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, The Untold Story of a War, and the Story of the Man Who Told It". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  2. ^ https://www.pbs.org/pov/mostdangerousman/
  3. ^ 70th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2011.
  4. ^ https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/daniel_ellsberg_doc
  5. ^ https://www.metacritic.com/movie/the-most-dangerous-man-in-america-daniel-ellsberg-and-the-pentagon-papers

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