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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The first film in which Meryl Streep gives an Oscar nominated performance in a Best Picture nominee, and the film did not go on to win Best Picture. See more »
When Post staffer goes to a pay phone to call Ellsberg, he apparently direct dials a long distance number, something you couldn't do from a pay phone in 1971. See more »
But it didn't take him long to figure out, well, for us to figure out if the public ever saw these papers they would turn against the war. Covert ops, guaranteed debt, rigged elections? It's all in there. Ike, Kennedy, Johnson... they violated the Geneva Convention. They lied to Congress and they lied to the public. They knew we couldn't win and still sent boys to die.
What about Nixon?
He's just carrying on like all the others, too afraid to be the one who loses the war on his watch.
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Dlsclaimer in closing credits: "Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation did not receive any payment or other consideration, or enter into any agreement, for the depiction of tobacco products in this film." See more »
The Post Tries To Hammer Its Somewhat Obvious Message.
The Post is Political Hollywood at its propaganda best. They're all there, the Press, Streep, Spielberg, the Academy, all shouting about the good deeds done by the press in the past (they virtually had to go back decades to Watergate and rehash a new take on 'All the Presidents Men'!) In the present climate, it could hardly be a more obvious attempt to squash the fact that the modern press has become a 'Fake' sham (and that President Trump remains fair game). Time to get over it - stop attempting to convince the voters that a possible corrupt system should be back in power - simply because it serves others selfish purposes. It's also a big push for the Washington Post, who only picked up on the groundbreaking hard work (already done ahead of them) by the New York Times. With the Post even using the same N.Y.T. informants leaked files.
The Awards given for this rather ordinary movie need explaining - Streep was simply Streep, Hanks has done far better work (without honours) beforehand. Spielberg was in his usual by-the-numbers mode and turned in an overlong (often boring movie) consisting of a string of round table talkfests (ie; sometimes small table, other times a larger table or a typical party scene) nothing special here. In fact, it all looks too obviously like an attempt to fool some of the people all of the time. Maybe it's time to move on and consider working together for the betterment of all.....
As James Goodale said on PBS News Hour during a summary of the movie:- with words along the lines of; "If doing a movie now (about newspapers) you want to be sure you're being authentic". Very good advice!
Another insightful comment came from; Matt Bobkin, writing for Exclaim!, he gave the film a 6 out of 10 score, and went on to say; the film "has all the makings of an awards season hit, but is too calculated to reflect today's ragged, tenuous socio-political climate."
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