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The Post

  • 2018
  • PG-13
  • 108min
  • 88%
  • 7.2 / 10

The film focuses on the efforts of a team of The Washington Post journalists led by Ben Bradlee as the editor and Katharine Graham as the first female publisher of a major newspaper in the U.S., as they attempt to publish the now famed 'Pentagon Papers,” which disclose classified information about the United States government's involvement in the Vietnam War. The personal struggles of writers and editors at the Washington Post are juxtaposed against the efforts of members of the United States government to prevent the release of the classified documents, which would reveal to the general public, and the world at large, the extent of their failings in the prolonged Vietnam War, and further, their knowledge of the hopelessness of the situation they found themselves in with said war effort.

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The film has been widely received in a very positive light by critics and audiences, garnering numerous nominations for production, writing, and its cast. And though it has been regarded as an excellent historical drama, telling the true story of an important moment in US history, it has also been pointed out that the film's depiction of The Washington Post's involvement in said events is somewhat exaggerated, with The New York Times in reality also playing a significant role in obtaining and publicizing the Pentagon Papers, which are at the heart of the film's narrative. The New York Times even published the papers before The Washington Post, which in turn was the actual basis for the ensuing legal battle between the US government and the press at large.

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The Post is a 2017 American political thriller, directed by prolific filmmaker Steven Spielberg, and written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer. The film stars Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Bob Odenkirk, and Sarah Paulson. It was produced Amblin Entertainment in association with Dreamworks and Twentieth Century Fox, the latter of whom also distributed the film. It was produced on a budget of $50 million, earning $180 million during its theatrical run worldwide.