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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List - 2018 Oscars
JCLCaitlinT Mar 09, 2018

Nominated:
* Best Picture
* Best Actress in a Leading Role (Meryl Streep)

Nominated for Best Picture, and Best Actress (Meryl Streep)


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COURIER3
Jul 16, 2018

Excellent history lesson on covering the cover up. I lived through all this. Grateful I was a U.S.Navy vet having served in peacetime in the 1950's and missed Viet Nam. Hanks was a great look alike for Ben Bradlee.

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MontMoroc
Jul 09, 2018

A boring mess- I couldn't believe Steven Spielberg directed this, it was astonishingly amateurish. A nice political message doesn't a good movie make.

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rgally
Jul 03, 2018

Brilliant movie. Gave me goosebumps

Interesting parallels with press freedom and narcissistic presidents. Really good timing.

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beaches4evr
Jul 01, 2018

Excellent!

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HYDEPARKBOOKLOVER
Jun 29, 2018

A very good movie with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep

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21221018293347
Jun 21, 2018

A very good movie on many levels; the acting is superb; the historical information; freedom of the press; women in business (women's rights); the start of the Vietnam protests; Nixon's presidency. There are lots of very good comments below which encapsulate the essence of the movie and the nitty gritty of the politics at the time. Excellent movie.

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beyardoe
Jun 17, 2018

Very good movie. Has you on the edge of the seat from start to finish!

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atfrancis
Jun 16, 2018

A woman finds her voice and uses it to keep the free press free. Great story.

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IrishMoon
Jun 15, 2018

As I lived through this time period, I expected so much more from the storyline.

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annod
Jun 11, 2018

Great actors. But boorrrinnggg. Zzzzzzzzz.

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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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