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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stevania_k
Sep 21, 2019

It’s not bad. The story was set at some times in the past (but not ancient). Rather slow at first. The pace picks up after the Post got the secret documents and It gets really good. All of the characters are very enjoyable to watch, especially Tom Hanks’ and Meryl Streep. Overall it’s a good quality movie to watch.

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jazzy4u
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.

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ConstantReader23
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.

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ScorchingSun
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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pkpeirce
Jun 01, 2019

My husband and I enjoyed the film overall. I would have liked to see a little more of Daniel Ellsberg, maybe a scene showing his children working the copy machine, which he has described, but I suppose since emphasis was on the newspaper, the details of Ellsberg's acts had to be left out. When I see images of Nixon, I am always struck by how much less obnoxious he was than Trump, and Nixon was plenty obnoxious. A minor quibble is that I was in anti- Vietnam war demonstrations and they were not the bands of scruffy hippies shown in this film, but decorous people marching with signs. Look at some of the historical images. This shows poor research and poor directing. Also, the young woman who left the papers at the post was depicted as a bit simple-minded asking "Are you important?" of one of many men sitting at desks in a large newsroom, which I think is probably not accurate. Most people know enough to look for a private office to find an "important" person. Can't say much about accuracy of other action in the film. Did the editor of the Post really visit McNamara at his home? Don't have a clue. I am sorry to read that a number of people who saw this film wanted more "action." I wish it had aged better. Maybe we need a remake that a current audience can better understand.

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darkaegisagain
Apr 27, 2019

Another weak attempt by Hollywood to demonstrate how the liberal media "always seek the truth" when it's really about smearing as many conservative politicians as possible. Let's be honest at the end she admitted she was a liberal "seeking the truth" but her reporting history really demonstrated "the real truth".

Robert Redford did a great job of acting but the storyline was pure garbage.

Somehow I doubt Hollywood would publish a story about Judicial Watch exposing the Clinton email scandal and how the Chinese government hacked the Clinton email server to discover many of the informants within China and how they were removed from the face of the earth... Or another storyline with Obama targeting the Trump campaign with the FBI and other tools of the government. Never going to happen.

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Spirit_of_Che
Mar 05, 2019

A very good movie, not great, but very good. With Tom and Meryl would you expect anything less? Inspirational story.

Too bad today's media will not stand up to Trumps craziness.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 21, 2019

Lots of great acting in this film

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sandyc_9
Jan 28, 2019

It is an entertaining film, but I still much prefer All the President's Men. That movie sends chills down my spine and has me at the edge of my seat even though I know exactly what happens. That is a true work of art.

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mamabadger56
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.”

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mamabadger56
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?

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jimg2000
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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jimg2000
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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