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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kay Graham
... Ben Bradlee
... Tony Bradlee
... Ben Bagdikian
... Fritz Beebe
... Arthur Parsons
... Robert McNamara
... Daniel Ellsberg
... Lally Graham
... Meg Greenfield
... Roger Clark
... Howard Simons
... Anthony Essaye
... Phil Geyelin
... 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


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

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12 January 2018 (USA)  »

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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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Ben Bradlee was previously played in All the President's Men (1976) by Jason Robards, who played Tom Hanks's boss in Philadelphia (1993). See more »

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While most of the telephones used were the correct vintage and had hard wired handset cords, several, including the phone in Ben Bradlee's kitchen, have a flat cord with a 4P4C jack connection. These were not introduced until the mid 1970's. See more »

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[last lines]
Police Dispatcher: DC Police, 2nd Precinct...
Hotel Guard: Yes, hello, this is Frank Wills. I think we might have a burglary in progress at the Watergate.
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"The making and authorized distribution of this film supported over 12,000 jobs and involved hundreds of thousands of work hours."

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Stodgy and slipshod Spielbergian historical tribute
31 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Much to my surprise, I found Spielberg's account of the Washington Post's constitutional battle with the Nixon Administration over the Post's audacious and impulsive decision to publish the leaked Pentagon Papers in 1971 to be mildly prosaic and detached. It definitely lacks the raw drama it was obviously angling for and key scenes came across as tentative and sloppy.

Despite an impactful, committed performance by Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham, the publisher of the Washington Post who helped crush gender barriers in journalism and a lively turn by Tom Hanks as the brash and swaggering Ben Bradlee, editor of the Post, this film suffers from a lack of depth and a surprisingly scattershot approach to the story by Spielberg. A viewer would be forgiven for coming away with a flawed understanding of the Pentagon Papers because the film is more about how the Washington Post came into national prominence by defying the White House in publishing documents the government claimed as top secret and vital to U.S. military success in Vietnam.

Some might argue that this film should be watched and evaluated more deliberately but when Spielberg himself rushed through the material and the filmmaking process, it's harder to claim that the viewer has missed something. With this much proven talent on both sides of the camera, haste makes waste. Not recommended.


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