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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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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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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$526,011, 24 December 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$81,835,084, 15 April 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$174,435,084, 15 April 2018
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Though the movie is not about Watergate, it is fitting that the movie ends with the depiction of the Watergate break-in, since it is arguably true that the Watergate break-in would not have happened without the publication of the Pentagon Papers. Nixon's creation of the infamous "Plumbers" group was a direct response to the leaking of the Pentagon Papers (the Plumbers first major effort being breaking into the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist in an effort to find discrediting information on him). It would be the major figures in the Plumbers who would hatch and execute the plot to break into the Democratic National Committee offices in the Watergate. See more »

Goofs

When the Post intern is seen crossing the street after he arrived in New York City, the street he is crossing in front of the New York Times building has a painted bike lane, something that was not in place in NYC (or really any US city) in 1971. See more »

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Kay Graham: News is the first rough draft of history.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »

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Put On A Happy Face
Written by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams
Performed by The Peter Duchin Orchestra
Arranged by Stanley Schwartz
Produced by Barry Lazarowitz
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Right From the Assembly Line of p.c.-Wonderland
9 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Steven Spielberg's addition to the mass products of movies done lately. The "important" theme: showing us how important women are to society.

Like Battle of the Sexes the movie does not hurt but entertainment is not its strongest point. Some people read the Bible, some watch such kinds of movies.

Anyway, I am not a friend of rating movies because of their "message". If I have an important message and nothing else to tell (story etc.) I write an essay or something like that. Apocalypse Now is an outstanding movie and it got a message but even without any message the movie would be outstanding and entertaining (acting, cinematography, soundtrack, directing). The Post did not entertain me very much. Everything (acting, directing, production etc.) is mediocre, done for the right cause but without much care. And the so-called message, well, yawn... I mean, common, if someone is convinced that women are less "important" than men, this movie won't change his (or her) mind, and more likely, he or she won't watch such a movie at all.

Well, The Post is no disaster and I guess it may even be good for people who need their daily dose of p.c.-speech to have a good nights sleep. Verdict: a mediocre output and just a jump on the on full steam running p.c.-train. How boring.


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