The Pentagon Papers

02/08/2004
  |  Buy to Own: 02/08/2004
  |  88 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Made-for-TV political drama based on true events that took place in the aftermath of the Vietnam war. James Spader stars as Pentagon official Daniel Ellsberg, who stumbles across a 7000-page classified report detailing the true nature of America's involvement with Vietnam. After facing the dilemma of whether it is more patriotic to expose a nation's treachery or to protect it as a matter of security, Ellsberg opts for the former, and releases the document's contents to the New York Times and the Washington Post. Nixon's reaction to the Ellsberg security breach was the first in a series of events that led to the Watergate scandal, and the President's downfall.