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
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Katherine Graham passed away in 2001, so she was never able to see this film. She did, however see All the President's Men (1976) and was very impressed by it. While she had a major decision-making role in the events in that docudrama, she was nervous about being portrayed in the film, so her character was written out. After seeing the film she wished she had gone along with the original script. It is ironic that while she was not in the film about the events that are hinted at in this film, The Post is a film having the central focus on her.. See more »
When Kay and Lally talk about Lally helping Kay out by preparing a statement when Phillip Graham died Kay makes it seem that Lally was still pretty young when he died. She was 20 when her father passed away. See more »
You know, the only couple I knew that both Kennedy and LBJ wanted to socialize with was you and your husband.
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The DVD opens with the standard credits from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security warning against pirating home video recordings and stating "Piracy is not a victimless crime," but the whole movie is about an individual who steals intellectual property and is presented as a hero for doing so. See more »
A search for truth the freedom of press and speech exposes lies and cover up!
The latest Steven Spielberg film "The Post" is a nice showcase of the real life 1970's battle between government and journalist which would go to the highest court in the land(The U.S. Supreme Court). The film shows how information is uncovered and leaked about the highly criticized "Vietnam War".
All of us want freedom of speech and freedom of press, and us as people expect the news media to give it to us and when documents are uncovered by people in the press which exposes cover up and lies from many previous presidents, you feel relieved and mad also. And with this picture it shows the process of how to investigate and publish hard hitting truth even if it means to challenge the powers that be.
That's what "The Washington Post" did as the owner a powerful woman in Kay Graham(a wonderful Meryl Streep)put it all on the line with the help of a powerful and well know editor in Ben Bradlee(the good Tom Hanks). As anything worth exposing and challenging is worth a fight for as it makes the powerful upset and angry.
Overall this picture is a must watch for political history buffs also as it shows how the ever on going war between media and government began and how it became a political dogfight for each and all involved. Proving that accountability is needed for all.
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