The Post

The Post

DVD - 2018
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Determined to uphold the nation's civil liberties, Katharine Graham, publisher of the Washington Post, and hard-nosed editor Ben Bradlee join forces to expose a decades-long cover-up. However, the two must risk their careers and their freedom to bring truth to light
Publisher: [Los Angeles, California] : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2018]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Other Standard Identifier: 0024543470373


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Love the conflict that Meryl Streep's character faces.

2018 Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Actress in a Leading Role

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Oct 17, 2018

Top notch production! and a complete slap in Trump's face

Oct 03, 2018

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ EXCELLENT film. Totally expected considering the players and production associated. A win/win. Well done. 👍🏽👍🏽

Sep 19, 2018

Spielberg's repetitive 'civics lesson' tone detracts a bit from the dramatic story of Daniel Ellsberg's leak of the 'Pentagon Papers' in 1971 and Nixon's attempt to stop the NYT and WaPo from making them public. It's a great lesson about freedom of the press and, by pretty obvious implication, its critical importance at a time when the media is under continual assault by Agent Orange. All of that said, Meryl Streep's portrayal of Katherine Graham is nothing less than astonishing. The understated, almost commonplace way she delivers her bet-the-farm 'decision to publish' will take your breath away. Worth seeing for that alone.

Sep 18, 2018

Not as good as I had hoped. Maybe the portrayal of Katherine Graham was very accurate, but I found the way she “whined” all the time and basically sat around and wrung her hands until it finally occurred to her that this was now HER company to be a bit much. Tats said, it’s a great insight into the background of the Pentagon Papers.

Sep 16, 2018

Another Spielberg triumph in depicting crucial moments in American history and especially apt today as we transcend a president who brays that the free press is the enemy. The film moves rapidly in tracing the copying, then the publication of the Pentagon Papers in exposing the machinations behind the Vietnam War; freedom of press; Nixon's paranoia; and most powerfully, the teamwork among publisher Katharine Graham (misperceived as just a well-connected socialite), Ben Bradlee, and courageous reporters. Especially notable for Graham (played by the indomitable Meryl Streep) coming into her own as a female leader in the early 70s. The rivalry between the established, paper-of-record New York Times and the smaller, regional Washington Post is a background theme. The Post's success foreshadows its credibility when the later Watergate scandal breaks—and breaks Nixon.

Sep 14, 2018

Thank goodness for the fast forward button. This is one of the worst movies about this time in history ever made. The cast, Tom Hanks and Ben Bradlee, really? I could go on and on about this terrible movie, besides the casting. The pacing was disjointed. The dialog was preachy when it wasn't trying to be Sorkinesque. The whole movie felt rushed and shallow. I could not make it all the way through the movie. It is a betrayal of the people involved, their dedication to our republic and our freedoms.

Want to watch a great movie about the news paper business during this time, watch All the President's Men.

Sep 14, 2018

Not very good- dragged a lot. I definitely thought it would be better...

Sep 13, 2018

Having lived through this time, I was amazed at the "behind the scenes" facts that at the time I was not aware of... This movie brings the history of the Washington Post to life! At one time, the Washington Post was nothing more than a small local newspaper, but this event brought it to national attention due to the risk taken by a woman they wanted to brush aside as incapable of making business decisions. As usual, Meryl Streep allow us to see into the heart of Katharine Graham and experience the risk she was willing to take to bring the story of a massive government cover-up to light. It is entertaining but also eye opening to a story that again reminds us of the price paid by those who came before us. More than worth the "watch"!

Sep 13, 2018

Good take on a pivotal moment in American history. It brings home the fact that we have had many stressful times in our democracy before and coped with them thanks to the actions of a select group of brave men and women. This show stays with the viewpoint of Katherine Graham and the Washington Post (now owned by Bezos). If that paper faced tremendous government pressures, consider the challenges faced by Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower, who is kept on the edge of this movie. Hanks and Streep - what could be better!

Sep 11, 2018

After the opening scene the movie got off to a slow start. Took me a while to get into the movie, but once hooked, it kept me riveted the rest of the way through, even though I knew how it really ended.

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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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