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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:
Meryl Streep ... Kay Graham
Tom Hanks ... Ben Bradlee
Sarah Paulson ... Tony Bradlee
Bob Odenkirk ... Ben Bagdikian
Tracy Letts ... Fritz Beebe
Bradley Whitford ... Arthur Parsons
Bruce Greenwood ... Robert McNamara
Matthew Rhys ... Daniel Ellsberg
Alison Brie ... Lally Graham
Carrie Coon ... Meg Greenfield
Jesse Plemons ... Roger Clark
David Cross ... Howard Simons
Zach Woods ... Anthony Essaye
Pat Healy ... Phil Geyelin
John Rue ... 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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USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 2018 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

The Post: Los oscuros secretos del Pentágono See more »

Filming Locations:

White Plains, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is Liz Hannah's first produced screenplay which was picked up as a spec script on the Black List website by producer Amy Pascal. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ben Bradlee: [to Kay] You know, the only couple I knew that both Kennedy and LBJ wanted to socialize with was you and your husband.
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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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Put on a Happy Face
Written by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams
Performed by The Peter Duchin Orchestra
Arranged by Stanley Schwartz
Produced by Barry Lazarowitz
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Recovering Democracy of Expression:Criticising JFK is not a taboo since then!
6 February 2018 | by hilaryswank2011See 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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