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Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Most Dangerous Man in America DVD Review

The Most Dangerous Man in America DVD Review

Synopsis: 2010 Oscar Nominee for Best Documentary Co-winner of 2009 Freedom of Expression Award from the National Board of Review (and one of their Five Best Documentaries of the Year), Winner of the Special Jury Award at IDFA, and now nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, The Most Dangerous Man in America tells the story of Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, who in 1971 concluded that the war is based on decades of lies and leaks 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world. A riveting story of how this one man's profound change of heart created a landmark struggle involving America's newspapers, its president and Supreme Court. With Daniel Ellsberg, Patricia Ellsberg, Tony Russo, Howard Zinn, Hedrick Smith, John Dean, and, from the secret White House tapes, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, who called Ellsberg "the most dangerous man in America."

Review: We love documentary films here at the Legion.  We watch them often and most definately enjoy just about every one that we see.  This one on Daniel Ellsberg really stands out as a high-quality production that is well researched and full of great info and insights.  Obviously the Academy feels the same, since this was nominated for an Oscar!  Wow!  Thats quite a coup for production company First Run Features!

For those that may not be familiar with Ellsberg, he is the man that single-handedly blew Watergate wide open and helped to finally end the Vietnam war!  Sounds like a hero, right?  Except when you factor in that he helped to plan the war in the first place!  This is a great documentary that is a must-see for any American.

Interest Range: Documentary Film, Vietnam, Nixon