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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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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gates2
Jan 11, 2019

I really enjoyed this. It's not supposed to be all thriller action, heck man, they were talking about the Constitution and Nixon - the weight of the sobering realities during that time was the gist of it. I felt like watching four masters at work, Spielberg, Streep, Hanks, and composer John Williams. A very well-paced story done masterfully. No, not super exciting but doesn't need to be, I really appreciated the solid way the story was told. The subtle chemistry between Streep and Hanks was good, and the supporting cast did all what they needed to. I couldn't help but notice the craft at play here, and usually that doesn't do anything for me, but this comfortable-feeling telling of an important American time in history did.

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Palomino
Dec 21, 2018

Nice but boring. As others said, it dragged, no razzle-dazzle here!

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flub
Dec 20, 2018

Mediocre acting, and the star studded cast weighs it down. Could've been more interesting.

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RoyalJellyIII
Nov 28, 2018

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

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empbee
Nov 21, 2018

Good movie about the freedom of press and the secrecy (lies) of the government in the Vietnam war era.

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ilovewhippets
Nov 21, 2018

It was missing something..

An important historical topic and a story that needed to be told! So, I was surprised that I did not find it very interesting nor very entertaining despite the big- name actors that I like! I expected something better, a better drama! I barely finished it!
Some scenes were unrealistic! For example, the scene- all those women quietly parting the way, watching her reverently as she passed?? I doubt it! Where is the emotion and energy? Women don't act in the way it was shown! There would have been hugs, handshakes, and cheers!
Poor acting and directing in some places!
This movie story needed a different interpretation, a different angle.. something..

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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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