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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:

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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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actors Tracy Letts and Carrie Coon are a married couple in real life. Though they have collaborated on stage before, this is the first feature film in which both of them appear. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, when Ellsberg takes that first briefcase full of papers out for photocopying, the sign on the wall by the guards says "Rand Corporation". Ignoring how unlikely it is that such a sign would have been there at all, if it were it would certainly read "RAND Corporation". That's because "RAND" is an acronym/contraction for "R and D". For that reason it's ALWAYS expressed in uppercase. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Ellsberg: But it didn't take him long to figure out, well, for us to figure out if the public ever saw these papers they would turn against the war. Covert ops, guaranteed debt, rigged elections? It's all in there. Ike, Kennedy, Johnson... they violated the Geneva Convention. They lied to Congress and they lied to the public. They knew we couldn't win and still sent boys to die.
Ben Bagdikian: What about Nixon?
Daniel Ellsberg: He's just carrying on like all the others, too afraid to be the one who loses the war on his watch.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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It will certainly go down in history.
12 January 2019 | by arbiterliteSee all my reviews

Theres nothing you can put your finger on here. Its certainly a curiosity - massively pushed in its day, a propaganda piece about press freedom - on paper it sounds amazing, in reality it is many flat vignettes.

Whether it was all the egos of such a stella cast, the anachronistic shoehorning of a contemporary small minded morality, or Spielberg phoning it in, for whatever reason (I get the impression he had his arm twisted here), and seemingly ignoring magnificent set design.

This was, in my humble opinion, supposed to be shot in the fifties style, though set in 71 - instead we have facinatingly set period pieces that we never linger on but glide, consistantly glide, through as if in some tranquilizer induced coma.

As I say, this is certainly a curiosity. Just look at the imdb score, and the many 10's, 9's and 8's it has. It really was a masterclass in hype, media bending mind control and, as ive said, pushing political narratives. Which, given the films topic, says a lot about our times. Very curious.


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