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An Unlikely Weapon

Rated NR 2009

When photojournalist Eddie Adams died of ALS in 2004 he was 71 years old, but his life was defined by the fraction of a second in which he snapped a Viet Cong captain being executed in a Saigon street in February 1968. The iconic image won Adams a Pulitzer Prize; it also haunted him to the end of his days, and this admiring 2008 documentary portrait by Susan Morgan Cooper is particularly attentive to the weight such a photograph places on its taker. After a storied career covering 13 wars for the Associated Press, Adams settled down to a more comfortable and glamorous life shooting babes for Penthouse and celebrities for other slick magazines. His two decades of garland collecting are considerably less dramatic than his war years, though Cooper notes how Adams continued to wrestle with the half-truths he created on film. 85 min.

Film Credits

Director: Susan Morgan Cooper

Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Eddie Adams, Tom Brokaw, Peter Jenning, Gordon Parks, Bill Eppridge, Morley Safer and Peter Arnett

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