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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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Trivia

It is raining in nearly all of the brief scenes of the Vietnam War. In Forrest Gump (1994), the title character played by Tom Hanks, who also stars in this film, serves in the war and mentions on two occasions how much it rained there. See more »

Goofs

When Post reporters watch Walter Cronkite report on the federal injunction filed against the Times, the television is tuned to Channel 4. The CBS affiliate in Washington D.C. (owned by the Post!) was on Channel 9. See more »

Quotes

[behind closed doors]
Ben Bradlee: So, can I ask you a hypothetical question?
Kay Graham: Oh, dear. I don't like hypothetical questions.
Ben Bradlee: Well, I don't think you're gonna like the real one, either.
[pause]
Kay Graham: Do you have the Papers?
[pause]
Ben Bradlee: Not yet.
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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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Referenced in The Ben Shapiro Show: Trump's Gutsy Jerusalem Call (2017) See more »

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On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
Written by Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner
Performed by Peter Duchin
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Recovering Democracy of Expression:Criticising JFK is not a taboo since then!
6 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

This film tells us what filmmaking can precisely reflect the social consciousness on the most politically important issue of the nation of today. It is a typical example of realist moviemaking. Although this film was taken place in Nixon ear during failed Vietnam war in early 1970s, this is for this Trump era. Trump is also dictating and clashing freedom of expression in media and individuals like Shinzo Abe's regime does to its domestic media. Spielberg is the legendary master of filmmaking and socially responsible to defend the democracy of United States of America in filmmaking. Where is Ang Lee? Could you do this kind of seriously disturbs authorities' film like Mr.Spielberg did? You can't! We know that, KMT. There are several features of this film, such as JFK was equally criticised as war maker among Nixon and predecessors who engaged covered actions to invade and destabilised other countries like South East Asian countries in this film mentioned. Criticising JFK is not a taboo since then. He was the one who conspired Bay of Pigs invasion by creating fake attack from North Vietnam. Michael Kahn's construction of a scene in dialogue is unique that it is to carefully hide camera which takes revers cut from opposite position at the end of reverse cutting. It is a typical mark of this scene construction in editing. This film's importance is that its defended and encouraged the media to have courage to criticise and monitor the government even under the threat from the dictatorship. Like the tag line said: ''protecting expression of freedom of publishing is to publish.'' The Washington Post CEO and its chief editor did in Nixon's era, that is all of us need today! Japan also needs it! Why no one makes films like this? Thank you, Mr.Spielberg! You are Mr.Hollywood! Great American artist!


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