The Post

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The Post's period setting belies its bitingly timely themes, brought compellingly to life by director Steven Spielberg and an outstanding ensemble cast.



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Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post's Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers -- and their very freedom -- to help bring long-buried truths to light. The Post marks the first time Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have collaborated on a project. In addition to directing, Spielberg produces along with Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger. The script was written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, and the film features an acclaimed ensemble cast including Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods.

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Meryl Streep
as Kay Graham
Tom Hanks
as Ben Bradlee
Alison Brie
as Lally Graham
Sarah Paulson
as Tony Bradlee
Bob Odenkirk
as Ben Bagdikian
Tracy Letts
as Fritz Beebe
David Cross
as Howard Simons
Bruce Greenwood
as Robert McNamara
Jesse Plemons
as Roger Clark
Matthew Rhys
as Daniel Ellsberg
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Abe Rosenthal
Bradley Whitford
as Arthur Parsons
Zach Woods
as Anthony Essaye
Pat Healy
as Phil Geyelin
John Rue
as Gene Patterson
Rick Holmes
as Murray Marder
Philip Casnoff
as Chalmers Roberts
Jessie Mueller
as Judith Martin
Stark Sands
as Don Graham
Michael Cyril Creighton
as Jake (Young Reporter)
Will Denton
as Michael (Runner)
Deirdre Lovejoy
as Debbie Regan
Michael Devine
as Copy Chief
Kelly Miller
as Copy Editor
Jennifer Dundas
as Liz Hylton
Austyn Johnson
as Marina Bradlee
Brent Langdon
as Paul Ignatius
DeBorah Green
as Ann Marie Rosenthal
Gary Wilmes
as Punch Sulzberger
Christopher Innvar
as James Greenfield
Luke Slattery
as NY Times Runner
Justin Swain
as Neil Sheehan
Robert G. Mckay
as NY Times Staffer
Sasha Spielberg
as Woman with Package
Bryan Burton
as Lafayette Protester
Dan Bittner
as Government Lawyer
Carrie Coon
as Meg Greenfield
Jon Donahue
as Bertram Plain
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Audience Reviews for The Post

  • Dec 26, 2018
    Spielberg's least spectacular film can rely on a great cast and the powerful message of the importance of a free journalism as portrayed by the real case of Washington Post vs the US government in 1971. Starts out rather slowly but ends up very satisfying. It says a lot about the catastrophic current US administration that this film feels like full attack on its handling of the press.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2018
    Great acting, a little boring and slow to start.
    Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2018
    Great story, direction, actors equals a wonderful movie. They can make a part two featuring Watergate Scandal, but that's for the another time.
    Mohet N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2018
    Timely modern-day commentary is offered in this look back to the drama that unfolded with the release of several volumes of classified military documents that outline the failure of U.S. policy in Vietnam. Everyone is on point, more or less, working professionals delivering a class on how to deliver the goods with class. Still ... although the stakes are high there is a wee disconnect that enables a lack of concern for the efforts and this'll go down as just another "newspaper movie", without the hoopla the players usually get.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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