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
In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. But when taking on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds winning may come at too high a price.
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)
Movie starts out in Vietnam 1966 - The song playing in the background is "Green River" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. "Green River" was originally recorded at Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco, California during the summer of 1969 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 »
'The post' is both gripping and compelling to the audience. Playing like a mesmerizing journalism drama, Steven Spielberg's thriller recalls the 1971 revelations of the 'Pentagon Papers' - a devastating report that detailed how the White House has been lying about the war this whole time. Written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer and widely acclaimed by the critics, 'The Post' can be described as particularly riveting for both historical events and character development.
The two central characters are played by Tom Hanks (Ben Bradlee) and Meryl Streep (Katherine Graham). Not only these two managed to delve into their roles so ingeniously that could potentially be nominees for the Oscar award, but also the whitewash exposition seemed exceptionally bewitching. Streep's character provides the emotional shock and the will to overcome it. Being portrayed as a supposedly vulnerable woman, harassed by the predominant male collective and in mourning of her dead husband, she finds the strength to come to her senses and take a hardline approach. As for Hanks, he captures the audacious bravado of the editor-in-chief, who realizes that the cozy relationship he previously had with the government must come to an end. Both actors definitely pulled their weight in this masterpiece, striking a chord within the viewers' hearts.
The plot captivates and proceeds to fascinate, albeit the 'Pentagon Papers' scandal is quite renowned for its controversy and hypocrisy on behalf of US government. It would not be an understatement to say that the audience should be left bewildered by the US politicians' ferocity, willing to bend the rules to salvage their reputation. The Washington Post newspaper has everything at stake and vilifying the Vietnam campaign could potentially bring its demise. In the wake of unbiased attitude towards the government, Bradlee and Graham opt for publishing the classified report, starting a knock-on effect among other newspapers.
Credit where credit's due - this film is a marvelous piece of art. Bereft of plot holes and overacting, it is a worthy one to watch.
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