In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.
Kristin Scott Thomas
During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.
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 (email@example.com)
"The Post" is dedicated to Nora Ephron, who was an American writer and filmmaker, known for many screenplays including Silkwood (1983), When Harry Met Sally... (1989), and Sleepless in Seattle (1993). Her last film was Julie & Julia (2009). She also wrote several novels including Heartburn. She was married to Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein, winner of a Pulitzer for his investigative reporting with Bob Woodward on Watergate. She had known the identity of Deep Throat since 1974. After her divorce from Bernstein (the details of which are chronicled in the book and film Heartburn) Ephron told anyone who asked about the identity of Deep Throat that it was Mark Felt. Ephron later conceded that "No one, apart from my sons, believed me." See more »
An anti-war demonstration depicted in the film shows a speaker with a bullhorn reciting the exact words of Mario Savio's 1964 speech at UC Berkeley about stopping the gears of the machine. The scene is supposed to be in 1971. Also, the demonstrators are chanting "we don't want your stinking war." This must have been self-censorship to maintain a PG-13 rating. See more »
...from the majority opinion: 'In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.'
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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 »
Print media may be dead, but the crusader journalist movie is alive and well. "The Post" is just as much a paean to the newspaper's heyday as it is a warning against corrupt government, complete with top-shelf cast. Given the Washington Post's lasting legacy (to this day), you can easily tell that the Pentagon Papers weren't the certain doom they seemed to spell out for the paper. Yet Spielberg jumps right into the material, creating excitement even in mundane printing press scenes. This is a stirring tale, masterfully directed and timelier than ever.
Sure, it's probably Oscar-bait, but you can't argue with that level of quality.
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