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.
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?