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.
As the American Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
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)
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks first worked together on Saving Private Ryan, which also featured Bryan Cranston. This film features Cranston's Breaking Bad cast mate, Bob Odenkirk. See more »
Meryl Streep, as Kay Graham, is wearing specially made high heels throughout the film to give Streep the height she needed for the role. The high heels have very large platform soles and were certainly not in style in 1971. Graham was 5'9" and Streep is 5'6". The same technique was used in "Julie & Julia" when Streep needed to play the 6'2" Julia Child. See more »
When I get my hands on that study, what are you going to do, Mrs. Graham? Oh, happy birthday, by the way.
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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 »
Well its not the best movie of the year but worth to consider. Acting is great, with that cast you can't go wrong. Its a movie that flaw from beginning to the end and you don't understand the time passing. i really enjoyed it.
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