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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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How 'The Post' Hit a Challenging Deadline

Did you know that The Post was completed in under a year? Bob Odenkirk and his fellow castmates reveal what they learned from Steven Spielberg as he sped through this production.

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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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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:

$31,331,916, 17 January 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,916,099, 17 January 2018
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Bob Odenkirk and Jesse Plemons both previously starred in Breaking Bad (2008), while Carrie Coon and Michael Stuhlbarg previously starred in the third season of Fargo (2014), which also featured Odenkirk and Plemons in previous seasons. See more »

Goofs

In one scene a man is shown wearing a Ralph Lauren Polo shirt. This shirt was not introduced until 1972 but the film takes place in 1971. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Ellsberg: Wouldn't you go to prison to stop this war?
Ben Bagdikian: Theoretically, sure.
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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 Meryl Streep: Shut the F*ck Up (2017) See more »

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Stodgy and slipshod Spielbergian historical tribute
31 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Much to my surprise, I found Spielberg's account of the Washington Post's constitutional battle with the Nixon Administration over the Post's audacious and impulsive decision to publish the leaked Pentagon Papers in 1971 to be mildly prosaic and detached. It definitely lacks the raw drama it was obviously angling for and key scenes came across as tentative and sloppy.

Despite an impactful, committed performance by Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham, the publisher of the Washington Post who helped crush gender barriers in journalism and a lively turn by Tom Hanks as the brash and swaggering Ben Bradlee, editor of the Post, this film suffers from a lack of depth and a surprisingly scattershot approach to the story by Spielberg. A viewer would be forgiven for coming away with a flawed understanding of the Pentagon Papers because the film is more about how the Washington Post came into national prominence by defying the White House in publishing documents the government claimed as top secret and vital to U.S. military success in Vietnam.

Some might argue that this film should be watched and evaluated more deliberately but when Spielberg himself rushed through the material and the filmmaking process, it's harder to claim that the viewer has missed something. With this much proven talent on both sides of the camera, haste makes waste. Not recommended.


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