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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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Steven Spielberg
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 98 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Kay Graham
Tom Hanks ... Ben Bradlee
Sarah Paulson ... Tony Bradlee
Bob Odenkirk ... Ben Bagdikian
Tracy Letts ... Fritz Beebe
Bradley Whitford ... Arthur Parsons
Bruce Greenwood ... Robert McNamara
Matthew Rhys ... Daniel Ellsberg
Alison Brie ... Lally Graham
Carrie Coon ... Meg Greenfield
Jesse Plemons ... Roger Clark
David Cross ... Howard Simons
Zach Woods ... Anthony Essaye
Pat Healy ... Phil Geyelin
John Rue ... 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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Post See more »

Filming Locations:

White Plains, New York, USA See more »

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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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Trivia

Steven Spielberg found the irony of time frame flipped numbers 19(71)-20(17) to be somewhat symbolic of a pendulum that had swung all the way back from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump. See more »

Goofs

Robert McNamara is seen wearing a Ralph Lauren Polo golf shirt. The scene takes place in 1971. Ralph Lauren introduced the shirt in 1972. McNamara probably would have been wearing a Lacoste "Alligator" (or more precisely, "Crocodile" - Rene Lacoste's nickname) shirt. See more »

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Kay Graham: Quality drives profitability
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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 »


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Love Walked In
Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Performed by The Peter Duchin Orchestra
Arranged by Stanley Schwartz
Produced by Barry Lazarowitz
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Democracy at stake
21 May 2018 | by vabeliaevSee all my reviews

'The post' is both gripping and compelling to the audience. Playing like a mesmerizing journalism drama, Steven Spielberg's thriller recalls the 1971 revelations of the 'Pentagon Papers' - a devastating report that detailed how the White House has been lying about the war this whole time. Written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer and widely acclaimed by the critics, 'The Post' can be described as particularly riveting for both historical events and character development. The two central characters are played by Tom Hanks (Ben Bradlee) and Meryl Streep (Katherine Graham). Not only these two managed to delve into their roles so ingeniously that could potentially be nominees for the Oscar award, but also the whitewash exposition seemed exceptionally bewitching. Streep's character provides the emotional shock and the will to overcome it. Being portrayed as a supposedly vulnerable woman, harassed by the predominant male collective and in mourning of her dead husband, she finds the strength to come to her senses and take a hardline approach. As for Hanks, he captures the audacious bravado of the editor-in-chief, who realizes that the cozy relationship he previously had with the government must come to an end. Both actors definitely pulled their weight in this masterpiece, striking a chord within the viewers' hearts. The plot captivates and proceeds to fascinate, albeit the 'Pentagon Papers' scandal is quite renowned for its controversy and hypocrisy on behalf of US government. It would not be an understatement to say that the audience should be left bewildered by the US politicians' ferocity, willing to bend the rules to salvage their reputation. The Washington Post newspaper has everything at stake and vilifying the Vietnam campaign could potentially bring its demise. In the wake of unbiased attitude towards the government, Bradlee and Graham opt for publishing the classified report, starting a knock-on effect among other newspapers. Credit where credit's due - this film is a marvelous piece of art. Bereft of plot holes and overacting, it is a worthy one to watch.


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