“우리가 보도하지 않으면, 우리가 지고, 국민이 지는 겁니다.”
1971년, 뉴욕 타임즈의 ‘펜타곤 페이퍼’ 특종 보도로 미 전역이 발칵 뒤집힌다.
트루먼, 아이젠하워, 케네디, 존슨에 이르는 네 명의 대통령이 30년간 감춰온 베트남 전쟁의 비밀이 알려지자
정부는 관련 보도를 금지시키고, 경쟁지 워싱턴 포스트의 편집장 ‘벤’(톰 행크스)은
베트남 전쟁의 진실이 담긴 정부기밀문서 ‘펜타곤 페이퍼’ 입수에 사활을 건다.
결국 7천 장에 달하는 정부 기밀 문서를 손에 쥔 ‘벤’(톰 행크스)은
미 정부가 개입하여 베트남 전쟁을 조작한 사건을 세상에 공개해야 한다고 주장하고,
최초의 여성 발행인 ‘캐서린’(메릴 스트립)은 회사와 자신, 모든 것을 걸고
세상을 바꿀 결정을 내려야만 하는데…
1분 1초의 사활을 건 특종 경쟁 속,
세상을 뒤흔든 위대한 보도가 시작된다!
So, can I ask you a hypothetical question?
Oh, dear, I don't like hypothetical questions.
Well, I don't think you're gonna like the real one either.
Do you have the papers?
This is a devastating security breach that was leaked out of the Pentagon.
The most highly classified documents of the war.
The Time says seven thousand pages detailing how the White House has been lying about the Vietnam War for thirty years.*
The way they lied, those days have to be over.
Kay, people are concerned about having a woman in charge of the paper that she doesn't have the resolve to make the tough choices.
Thank you, Arthur, for your frankness.
Let's do our job.
Find those pages!
We're talking about exposing years of government secrets.
Is that legal?
What is it you think we do here for a living, kid?
It must be precious cargo.
It's just government secrets.
The New York Times was barred from publishing anymore classified documents dealing with the Vietnam War.
If you publish, we'll be at the Supreme Court next week.
Well, we could all go to prison.
To make this decision, to risk her fortune and the company that's been her entire life.
Well, I think that's brave.
If the government wins, The Washington Post will cease to exist.
If we don't hold them accountable, who will?
We can't hold them accountable if we don't have a newspaper.
Nixon will muster the full power of the presidency, and if there's a way to destroy you, by God he'll find it!
I'm asking your advice, Bob, not your permission.
She can't do this.
The legacy of the company is at stake.
What will happen if we don't publish?
We will lose!
The country will lose!
What are you going to do, Mrs. Graham?