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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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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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Country:

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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Dolby Digital | Dolby Surround 7.1 | SDDS | DTS (DTS: X)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Steven Spielberg screened his film for Katharine Graham's children, Lally Weymouth and Donald Graham, and Bradlee's widow Sally Quinn who, to his great relief, all approved. See more »

Goofs

The film shows Washington Post trucks delivering newspapers when the Post's edition of the Pentagon Papers hits the street. The Washington Post did not own delivery trucks. The paper was distributed by independent drivers using their own unmarked trucks, usually white step vans. See more »

Quotes

[behind closed doors]
Ben Bradlee: So, can I ask you a hypothetical question?
Kay Graham: Oh, dear. I don't like hypothetical questions.
Ben Bradlee: Well, I don't think you're gonna like the real one, either.
[pause]
Kay Graham: Do you have the Papers?
[pause]
Ben Bradlee: Not yet.
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Crazy Credits

Dlsclaimer in closing credits: "Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation did not receive any payment or other consideration, or enter into any agreement, for the depiction of tobacco products in this film." See more »

Connections

References Valley of the Dolls (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
Written by Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner
Performed by Peter Duchin
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Not sure what all the hype is about?
25 January 2018 | by TheTopDawgSee all my reviews

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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