The Post

The Post

DVD - 2018
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This historical drama is based on the events surrounding the release of the Pentagon Papers, documents which detailed the history of the United States' political and military involvement in Vietnam. The story centers on Kay Graham, the first female newspaper publisher in the country (specifically of the Washington Post), as well as her tough editor, Ben Bradlee. The two become involved in an unprecedented power struggle between journalists and the government, exposing a cover-up that has spanned four different American presidencies.


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Feb 14, 2020

I expected a whole lot more out of this movie, good information if you didn't live in that period of the Vietnam war. Fell asleep a couple times as it got boring in parts.. But still begs the question... Is it ok for the press to put in the newspapers our TOP SECRETS of the country??? The PRESS thinks it's OK , like the movie,, but it has harmed our country so much that NOTHING can be secret in these days... we would have never won WWII if secrets like the atom bomb, breaking of the German and Japanese codes, etc were released in the newspapers,, in the feeling that the public needs to know everything...God help the USA in the future!!

Jan 23, 2020

This story deserves 5 stars but I think it was miscast in Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. And Steven Spielberg seems overwhelmed by the material and his stars. While all are incredibly talented, they seemed out of step with the acting required. Laid back Tom Hanks wrestles to be the hard drinking, smoking and stressed out Ben Bradley.

That aside, this fantastic story is being played out almost identically in our time. Corrupt President seeking to make decisions in private and keep information from citizens to the point of lying, for national security reasons or whatever reason his aides can manufacture. Also surrounding himself with a team of weak willed, easily bought, ignorant, ambitious and moral failures.

Great presentation of the struggles of a woman in the day, and how difficult it was to step up to be heard and respected.

You might enjoy the next act to Nixon's follies, being All The President's Men. A dramatic true thriller of Nixon's final fall and the affirmation of freedoms so hard fought for by the modern press.

Nov 23, 2019

Excellent movie.

Oct 25, 2019

This was very interesting, especially in light of the House looking into impeachment now. Nixon’s attempts to stop the publishing of the Pentagon Papers sound very familiar.

My favorite scene was when Katharine Graham was making her way down the steps of the Supreme Court, watched by women and girls all the way. They knew it was important for all of them.

Oct 19, 2019

I was disappointed in this b/c I had really been looking foreword to it but it dragged so much that I could barely get through it. Even Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep couldn't do it justice.

Sep 21, 2019

though slow at first, the pace picks up after the Post has received some secret documents. All of the characters are very enjoyable to watch, especially Tom Hanks’ and Meryl Streep’s acting.

Aug 08, 2019

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Is that enough? BO-ring. SLOW, dragging, wear on, go at a snail's pace...
Tom and Merle show they have passed their prime as well as their interest in acting. Shallow writing, over done, uninteresting plot. Same violin music at same scene's, same applause at same 'climatic' places...Like cutting a paper doll from different parts of other paper dolls so this movie was put together with pieces of a hundred different movies that had the same words, same rooms, same costumes and wigs. BO-ring.

VaughanPLDavidB Jul 28, 2019

The first time I watched this in the theater with an uncritical eye. The second time, not so much. This was a story that ought to have been entirely about the message and they instead made it about the messenger. They took what was at the time the most important news story about the duplicity of successive America administrations from Truman to Nixon to opt for endless war, and made it about one of the newspapers that was reporting it, and not even the first to do so (NY Times). They took this huge story, the publishing of the Pentagon Papers and the subsequent government attacks on freedom of the press, and made it smaller by focusing on the success or failure of Kay Graham and the Washington Post. Of course The Post succeeded or we would not be seeing this movie today. Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon and The Washington Post, could not have written a better commercial for himself and his company.

Jul 23, 2019

This movie made me finally understand what the Pentagon Papers are, and what made them so important.

My admiration for Katherine Graham and the choices she made is immense. She was raised to be a decorative wife and mother. She chose (at huge personal risk) to publish information from the Pentagon Papers, and changed this country.

BTW: seeing the old newspaper presses and photocopiers, etc shows how hugely the news business has changed.

Jun 08, 2019

Such a staid title for a most definitely unstaid film.
Betrayal of public trust, press freedom, friendship vs integrity, guts vs expediency are some of the issues.
Like a locomotive gathering steam,the movie starts deceptively slowly, building speed to a collision climax.

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May 18, 2018

“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.”

May 18, 2018

Newspaper intern: Is that [secretly gathering data] legal?
Ben Bradlee: What is it you think we do here for a living, kid?

Apr 30, 2018

Someone said this at some point about why we stayed when we knew we were losing. Ten percent was to help the South Vietnamese. Twenty percent was to
hold back the commies. Seventy percent was to avoid the humiliation of an American defeat.
It will look like we were afraid. We will lose. The country will lose. Nixon wins. Nixon wins this one, and the next one. And all the ones after that because we were scared. Because the only way to assert the right to publish is to publish.
Well, if we live in- in a world where the government could tell us what we can and cannot print, then the Washington Post as we know it has already ceased to exist.
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.

Apr 30, 2018

Oh, what have you got to lose?
-Uh, my job. My reputation.
Oh, Ben, please. We both know this will do nothing but burnish your reputation.
And as for your job, you can always find another one.
-If you're tryin' to make me feel better, there's nicer ways to do it.
You're very brave. But Kay... Kay is in a position she never thought she'd be in. A position I'm sure plenty of people don't think she should have. And when you're told time and time again that you're not good enough, that your opinion doesn't matter as much, when they don't just look past you, when to them, you're not even there, when that's been your reality for so long it's hard not to let yourself think it's true. So, to make this decision, to risk her fortune and the company that's been her entire life, well, I think that's brave.


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