The Post (2017)

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The Post
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TitleThe Post
Year2017
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
GenreThriller (Movies)
Run Time1h 55 min
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In 1966, during the Vietnam War, U.S. State Department military analyst Daniel Ellsberg accompanies American troops in combat, documenting military progress for Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. On the flight home, McNamara tells Ellsberg and William B. Macomber that the war is hopeless. Upon landing, however, he tells the congregated media that he has every confidence in the war effort. Ellsberg, overhearing this abrupt turn-about, becomes disillusioned. Years later, as a civilian military contractor/consultant working for the RAND Corporation (a military/defense “think tank”), Ellsberg photocopies hundreds of pages of classified reports documenting the country’s decades-long involvement in Vietnam, dating back to the Truman administration. Ellsberg then leaks these documents first to The New York Times, through reporter Neil Sheehan.

In 1971, Katharine Graham has been owner and publisher for the past eight years of The Washington Post, following the suicide of her husband, the Post’s former publisher, and the death of her father, the previous owner. She nervously prepares for the Post’s stock market launch, a move to help financially stabilize the paper. Graham lacks journalistic experience and is frequently overruled by her domineering financial advisers and editors, including editor-in-chief (executive editor) Ben Bradlee and board member Arthur Parsons. McNamara, a long-time friend of hers, advises Graham that an unflattering story featuring him will be published in The New York Times, another example of the Times’ ability to get preemptive scoops while the Post languishes behind. The story is an exposé of the American government’s long-running deception about America’s position in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. However, a federal district court injunction halts the Times from publishing further articles on the subject.

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Cast:

Meryl Streep Meryl Streep
Kay Graham
Tom Hanks Tom Hanks
Ben Bradlee
Sarah Paulson Sarah Paulson
Tony Bradlee
Bob Odenkirk Bob Odenkirk
Ben Bagdikian
Tracy Letts Tracy Letts
Fritz Beebe
Bradley Whitford Bradley Whitford
Arthur Parsons
Bruce Greenwood Bruce Greenwood
Robert McNamara
Matthew Rhys Matthew Rhys
Daniel Ellsberg

In 1966, during the Vietnam War, U.S. State Department military analyst Daniel Ellsberg accompanies American troops in combat, documenting military progress for Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. On the flight home, McNamara tells Ellsberg and William B. Macomber that the war is hopeless. Upon landing, however, he tells the congregated media that he has every confidence in the war effort. Ellsberg, overhearing this abrupt turn-about, becomes disillusioned. Years later, as a civilian military contractor/consultant working for the RAND Corporation (a military/defense “think tank”), Ellsberg photocopies hundreds of pages of classified reports documenting the country’s decades-long involvement in Vietnam, dating back to the Truman administration. Ellsberg then leaks these documents first to The New York Times, through reporter Neil Sheehan.

In 1971, Katharine Graham has been owner and publisher for the past eight years of The Washington Post, following the suicide of her husband, the Post’s former publisher, and the death of her father, the previous owner. She nervously prepares for the Post’s stock market launch, a move to help financially stabilize the paper. Graham lacks journalistic experience and is frequently overruled by her domineering financial advisers and editors, including editor-in-chief (executive editor) Ben Bradlee and board member Arthur Parsons. McNamara, a long-time friend of hers, advises Graham that an unflattering story featuring him will be published in The New York Times, another example of the Times’ ability to get preemptive scoops while the Post languishes behind. The story is an exposé of the American government’s long-running deception about America’s position in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. However, a federal district court injunction halts the Times from publishing further articles on the subject.

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