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The Post (2017)

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A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kay Graham
... Ben Bradlee
... Tony Bradlee
... Ben Bagdikian
... Fritz Beebe
... Arthur Parsons
... Robert McNamara
... Daniel Ellsberg
... Lally Graham
... Meg Greenfield
... Roger Clark
... Howard Simons
... Anthony Essaye
... Phil Geyelin
... Gene Patterson
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Storyline

When American military analyst, Daniel Ellsberg, realizes to his disgust the depths of the US government's deceptions about the futility of the Vietnam War, he takes action by copying top-secret documents that would become the Pentagon Papers. Later, Washington Post owner, Kay Graham, is still adjusting to taking over her late husband's business when editor Ben Bradlee discovers the New York Times has scooped them with an explosive expose on those papers. Determined to compete, Post reporters find Ellsberg himself and a complete copy of those papers. However, the Post's plans to publish their findings are put in jeopardy with a Federal restraining order that could get them all indicted for Contempt. Now, Kay Graham must decide whether to back down for the safety of her paper or publish and fight for the Freedom of the Press. In doing so, Graham and her staff join a fight that would have America's democratic ideals in the balance. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Truth be told


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Rated PG-13 for language and brief war violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 January 2018 (USA)  »

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The Post  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$526,011, 24 December 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$81,903,458, 17 May 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$174,496,433, 6 May 2018
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1.85 : 1
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The film was chosen by the National Board of Review as the best film of 2017, and was named as one of the top 10 films of the year by Time and the American Film Institute. See more »

Goofs

When Ben goes to Daniel's motel room and the door is opened, the air conditioning window unit is seen in shadow, but we can see the curtains, shades and light coming through as it has no motor or other solid workings. Later, when see it in the window from the interior a complete air conditioning window unit is shown. See more »

Quotes

Robert McNamara: If you publish, you'll get the very worst of him, the Colsons and the Ehrlichmans and he'll crush you.
Kay Graham: I know, he's just awful, but I...
Robert McNamara: [Interrupting and getting extremely angry] He's a... Nixon's a son of a bitch! He hates you, he hates Ben, he's wanted to ruin the paper for years and you will not get a second chance, Kay. The Richard Nixon I know will muster the full power of the presidency and if there's a way to destroy your paper, by God, he'll find it.
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox logo is shown, but we do not hear the usual fanfare. Instead, we just hear the sound effects of the action in Vietnam which leads into the first scene of the film. See more »


Soundtracks

Oh Harry
(from Night and the City (1950))
Written by Franz Waxman
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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Not sure what all the hype is about?

Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks performances were lack-luster in this film... I'm not sure what all the hype was about. Meryl Streep especially had me yawning with her performance. And Spielberg didn't do much to impress me either. The pace felt really slow, some scenes lacking depth and others over-told. The only interesting part of this film was the story behind the film, that's it. 7/10 from me.


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