Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Drama co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, inspired by true events, The Post (2017) centers on the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post‘s Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom 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 in publishing the Pentagon Papers.
Our Favorite Quote:
Ben Bradlee: So, can I ask you a hypothetical question?
Kay Graham: Oh, dear. I don’t like hypothetical questions.
Ben Bradlee: Well, I don’t think you’re going to like the real one either.
Kay Graham: Do you have the papers?
Ben Bradlee: Not yet.
Ben Bradlee: The way they lied, those days have to be over.
Man on Phone: This is a devastating security breach that was leaked out of the Pentagon. The most highly classified documents of the war.
Ben Bradlee: The Time sent seven thousand pages detailing how the White House has been lying about the Vietnam War for thirty years.
Fritz Beebe: Kay, people are concerned about having a woman in charge of the paper. That’s she doesn’t have the resolve to make the tough choices.
Kay Graham: Thank you, Arthur, for your frankness.
Ben Bradlee: Let’s do our job. Find those pages!
Washington Post Attorney: [to Ben] We’re talking about exposing years of government secrets.
Michael: Is that legal?
Ben Bradlee: What is it you think we do here for a living, kid?
Ben Bagdikian: Ben, I might have something.
Air Stewardess: [referring to the tied up box] It must be precious cargo.
Ben Bagdikian: It’s just government secrets.
New Reporter: The New York Times was barred from publishing anymore classified documents dealing with the Vietnam War.
Washington Post Attorney: [to Ben and Kay] If you publish we’ll be at the Supreme Court next week.
Kay Graham: Meaning?
Ben Bradlee: Well we could all go to prison.
Tony Bradlee: [to Ben] To make this decision, to risk her fortune, and the company that’s been her entire life, well I think that’s brave.
Washington Post Attorney: If the government wins, The Washington Post will cease to exist.
Ben Bradlee: If we don’t hold them accountable, who will?
Kay Graham: We can’t hold them accountable if we don’t have a newspaper.
Robert McNamara: Nixon will muster the full power of the presidency, and if there’s a way to destroy you, by God he’ll find it!
Kay Graham: I’m asking your advice, Bob, not your permission.
Fritz Beebe: [referring to Kay] She can’t do this. The legacy of the company is at stake.
Ben Bradlee: What will happen if we don’t publish? We will lose! The country will lose!
Ben Bradlee: What are you going to do, Mrs. Graham?
Meg Greenfield: “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.”
Kay Graham: You know what my husband said about the news? He called it the first rough draft of history.