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Ruben Ruiz
January 12, 2018

It is as simple as that. "But there's a larger war going on, and there's many more people outside of the Hollywood industry". In one of the first scenes, Bradlee tells Katharine "Kay" Graham-the owner of the newspaper, played by grand dame of cinema Meryl Streep-to "keep your finger out of my eye".

The White House requesting a movie has been a longtime practice in many past administrations - but the fact that the people in this White House want to see this movie is striking. Bradlee is a no-nonsense journalist. Then The New York Times comes out with their first story about the damning Vietnam report and, well, everything changes. He doesn't believe in anything standing between the public and the truth.

Ellsberg, like New York Times publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger, Graham and Bradlee, knew he could have been arrested and convicted of crimes against the government and sent to prison. The leaked, top-secret documents detailed the escalation of the Vietnam War and showed that the USA government knew that the conflict was unwinnable. As president of the newspaper publishers association, Marcil had extended an invitation to President Ronald Reagan to address the group at the Waldorf Astoria in NY. The government is arguing that printing them is a national security risk. As, respectively, Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and Post publisher Katharine Graham - at a key turning point for the newspaper in 1971 - their characters have nothing but a purely professional relationship, and an antagonistic one, at that.

Despite earning six Golden Globe awards and being a likely candidate for the Oscars, The Post earned no nominations for the upcoming Screen Actor Guild Awards announced last week.

However, when Kimmel informed her that the film was not on the list, Streep replied with shock. But since this is 1971, and since this is near the beginning of one of the biggest political crises in our nation's history, it's unlikely that Graham can stay in her comfort zone for long. Her father had given the paper to her husband and when he died, she took control.

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To be sure, the nuts-and-bolts details (reporters smoking in the newsroom, the typewriters and landline phones, the striped paper coffee cups, the cylinders of pneumatic tubes used to propel copy to the printers) are historically precise, but we also get that unique Spielbergian light, that gorgeous and magical and dazzling light, to remind us something special is going on here. Since that time, he has thrown himself into historical dramas like Bridge of Spies and sweeping epics like War Horse and Lincoln.

Close Modal Window Hang on for a minute.we're trying to find some more stories you might like. He gets the most out of the entire cast, and rightfully, a lot of praise will be heaped on Streep and Hanks in particular. Bob Odenkirk (reporter Ben Bagdikian) and Tracy Letts (Post chairman Fritz Beebe) are also noteworthy, and it's fun to watch David Cross tackle managing editor Howard Simons, whom Martin Balsam portrayed back in "76". He gives off a "too old to screw around" vibe. And his latest, The Post, opens in 1966, yet the walls of the office where Daniel Ellsberg edits what would come to be known as the Pentagon Papers are adorned with one-sheets from two 1968 releases (Planet of the Apes, Joanna) and one, Butch Cassidy, from 1969.

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