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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 was fast-tracked into production once Spielberg got a hold of the script, believing it was very relevant to today's social and political climate, where President Donald Trump frequently criticizes negative news coverage of his actions and policies. This film is based on a true story that happened in the 1970s, when the Washington Post published the Pentagon Papers, documents that exposed government lies about involvement in the Vietnam War. The event was a precursor to the Watergate scandal, which the Post also broke during the Nixon presidency.
The film is expected to be one of 2017's top awards contenders, being named film of the year by the National Board of Review and ranking on the American Film Institute's best movies of the year list. Hanks and Streep have received praise for their performances, and Spielberg is considered a possibility for Best Director.
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