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  • This is Liz Hannah's first produced screenplay which was picked up as a spec script on the Black List website by producer Amy Pascal.
  • This is the fifth feature film collaboration of actor Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg. The earlier films were [in chronological order]: Saving Private Ryan (1998), Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Terminal (2004), and Bridge of Spies (2015).
  • This is the first major film collaboration of actress Meryl Streep and director Steven Spielberg. Streep's only other collaboration with Spielberg was on A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) when Streep did a voice over role in the film.
  • This is the first onscreen acting film collaboration and star teaming of actor Tom Hanks and actress Meryl Streep. The pair have both previously been credited for two pictures the two have both worked on but not in a top billing acting context. Streep did voice work for The Ant Bully (2006) and starred in Mamma Mia! (2008) which Hanks respectively was a producer and executive producer on.
  • The original title for the screenplay was called The Post (2017) but was scrapped once the project was put into pre-production as it was retitled 'The Papers'. The project would have its title changed again in the post-production stage back to its original title, The Post (2017).
  • Bob Odenkirk and Jesse Plemons both previously starred in Breaking Bad (2008), while Carrie Coon and Michael Stuhlbarg previously starred in the third season of Fargo (2014), which also featured Odenkirk and Plemons in previous seasons.
  • This is the third film collaboration between actors Tom Hanks and Bradley Whitford. Their two prior films together were: Philadelphia (1993) & Saving Mr. Banks (2013).
  • This film features four actors who previously appeared in the FX anthology series Fargo (2014) Bob Odenkirk appeared in Season 1, Jesse Plemons appeared in Season 2, and Carrie Coon and Michael Stuhlbarg appear in Season 3.
  • Sarah Paulson and Bruce Greenwood also starred in American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.
  • This is the second film coming out in 2017 about a historical high-profile whistleblower case. Spielberg's The Post (2017) is based on Daniel Ellsberg and the release of the secret 'Pentagon Papers', while Landesman's Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) is based on 'Mark Felt' and the Watergate scandal. Both films feature by coincidence Canadian actor Bruce Greenwood.
  • Was filmed after director Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One (2018) but is slated to release before.
  • The film is co-screenwriter Josh Singer's third film exploring the importance of journalism in uncovering political scandal following The Fifth Estate (2013) which surrounds Julian Assange's Wikileaks organization and Spotlight (2015) which follows the Boston Globe's investigation into Catholic child sex abuse allegations.
  • Meryl Streep and Tracy Letts previously collaborated together in the film August Osage County (2014) which was written by Tracy Letts.
  • With this film, his fifth collaboration with Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks broke his tie with Harrison Ford to be the actor that Spielberg has directed the most times. Ford has also been directed by Spielberg five times, but his scene in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) was cut from the final film.
  • David Cross and Bob Odenkirk have worked together on various projects before, most famously the sketch comedy series Mr Show with Bob and David (1995-1998).
  • The film was shot under the working title, "Nor'Easter."
  • This is Steven Spielberg's first film since War of the Worlds (2005) to be filmed in 1.85:1 and his first film to use said ratio through the Super 35 format.
  • Co-screenwriter Josh Singer and actor Bradley Whitford both worked on The West Wing (1999-2006)
  • This is Steven Spielberg's first film since War of the Worlds (2005) to be shot in the taller 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
  • Ben Bradlee was previously played in All the President's Men (1976) by Jason Robards, who played Tom Hanks's boss in Philadelphia (1993).
  • Meryl Streep has previously co-starred with several actors from All the President's Men (1976). She co-starred with Dustin Hoffman (Carl Bernstein) and Jane Alexander (who played the bookkeeper, Judy Hoback) in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), and with Robert Redford (Bob Woodward) in Out of Africa (1985). Streep also appeared with Jason Robards (Benjamin C. Bradlee) and Hal Holbrook (who played W. Mark Felt, a.k.a. "Deep Throat") in her first film, Julia (1977), although she didn't have any scenes with either actor. Additionally, Streep appeared in Silkwood (1983) with Henderson Forsythe, who played Ben Bradlee in Chances Are (1989).
  • Tom Hanks has a connection with both of the film's main characters' real-life individuals. Hanks actually personally knew Ben Bradlee (who Hanks portrays in the film), and he met Kay Graham (who Meryl Streep portrays in the film) the day before she died.
  • This is the first major film collaboration of actress Meryl Streep and director Steven Spielberg. Streep previously performed the voice of "The Blue Fairy" in Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001).
  • International art star Blake Emory appears as a protester.
  • Bruce Greenwood previously appeared in Truth with Robert Redford, who plays Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward in All the President's Men.
  • Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks have both worked with Nora Ephron, who was the former wife of Post reporter Carl Bernstein.
  • Tom Hanks previously appeared in Charlie Wilson's War with John Slattery. Slattery played Ben Bradlee's son in Spotlight.
  • Meryl Streep and Philip Casnoff dated in the 1970's when she was Yale University and he was at Wesleyan University.
  • The Post is dedicated to Nora Ephron, once married to Carl Bernstein who with Bob Woodward uncovered the Watergate scandal in 1972 as reporters for The Washington Post.
  • It marks as the very first time Spielberg's regular editor Michael Kahn edits his film along with another editor, in this case Sarah Broshar, who has credits as associated editor in the previous Spielberg films. This is also the second Spielberg film to be edited by two people; the first film was Spielberg's theatrical debut, The Sugarland Express (1974), which was edited by Edward M. Abroms and Verna Fields.
  • In scenes involving the Pentagon Papers, the actual Daniel Ellsberg's original documents were used as genuine props, including the pages that were scattered over the floor of Benjamin C. Bradlee (Tom Hanks)' home.
  • Part of the film shot at Columbia University
  • Never having previously collaborated with director Steven Spielberg in a director/actor capacity, Meryl Streep was flabbergasted to learn that Spielberg never rehearses with his actors. Co-star Tom Hanks was well aware of this idiosyncrasy but decided, in gleeful anticipation of a 'diva' reaction, not to tell Streep. Despite her initial shock, Meryl and Steven got along extremely well during the shoot with Spielberg being so impressed with her character transformation, he had difficulty restraining himself from constantly complimenting her every take on set.
  • Coincidentally, Benjamin C. Bradlee and wife Sally Quinn were Long Island neighbors of Steven Spielberg for many years, and they knew each other socially.
  • Michael Cyril Creighton appeared in another newspaper drama, Spotlight (2015), which was written by the co-screenwriter of this film, Josh Singer.
  • Bruce Greenwood portrayed John F. Kennedy in the film Thirteen Days (2000). In this film, he portrays Kennedy's defense secretary Robert McNamara.
  • In The Money Pit (1986), Tom Hanks plays entertainment attorney Walter Fielding, one of whose clients is a band called 'Cheap Girls'. Their leader, played by Leslie West tells Walter that they want to change the band's name to 'Meryl Streep'.
  • This is the second time Bradley Whitford, Jesse Plemons, and Zach Woods are in a film together. They all stared together in Other People (2016).
  • In The Money Pit (1986) one of Walter's (Tom Hanks) friends wants to change the name of his band to "Meryl Streep."
  • Spielberg screened his film for Katharine Graham's children, Lally Weymouth and Donald Graham, and Bradlee's widow Sally Quinn who, to his great relief, all approved.
  • Meryl Streep starred in playwrite Tracy Letts's August: Osage County. They star together in this film.
  • It is raining in nearly all of the brief scenes of the Vietnam War. In Forrest Gump the title character played by Tom Hanks who also stars in this film serves in the war and mentions on two occasions how much it rained there.
  • The last scene of The Post is the opening credits scene in All the President's Men.
  • In the scene showing Vietnam War protesters, the words spoken by one of them are taken from Mario Savio's "Put your bodies upon the gears" speech during the 1964 Free Speech Movement at the University of California at Berkeley.
  • Early in this movie, a Washington Post reporter, Judith Martin (played by Jessie Mueller) is banned by the White House from covering Tricia Nixon's wedding because Nixon was incensed that Martin had crashed the earlier wedding of his other daughter, Julie.. Although this goes unmentioned in the movie, Martin later became better known as the nationally syndicated etiquette columnist "Miss Manners." In her capacity as an arbiter of societal politeness, Miss Manners now often advises against crashing parties uninvited.
  • When Daniel Ellsberg and his associates sneak into an office to use a photocopy machine (to reproduce the Pentagon Papers), a movie poster for the 1969 movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is visible on the wall. That movie shared a star (Robert Redford) and a screenwriter (William Goldman) with the most famous filmed adaptation of the Nixon-era corruption scandals, All the President's Men (to which The Post makes many cinematic references).
  • Although this goes unexplained in the movie, when Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo needed to photocopy the pilfered papers, the place they found to do it was an advertising agency founded by Russo's then-girlfriend, Lynda Harris Sinay. For allowing the photocopying to happen at her business, Sinay was pursued by prosecutors, but was designated an unindicted coconspirator and was never prosecuted. She later married businessman Stewart Resnick and together thy built a highly lucrative business empire that includes such brands as Fiji Water, POM Wonderful pomegranate products, and Teleflora Florists. The Resnicks are also past owners of the Franklin Mint.
  • It was chosen by the National Board of Review as the best film of 2017, and was named as one of the top 10 films of the year by Time and the American Film Institute. At the 75th Golden Globe Awards, the film received six nominations: Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Director, Best Actress - Drama for Streep, Best Actor - Drama for Hanks, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score.
  • The Post marks the 28th collaboration between Williams (composer of the film's score) and Spielberg. The score uses a combination of both orchestral and sparse, light electronic elements throughout.
  • In all of the scenes depicting President Nixon on the phone in the Oval Office, the actual Nixon''s voice is heard from White House tapes.
  • In his memoir, the real Daniel Ellsberg claimed that walking out of RAND with the Pentagon Papers (and returning them) over the course of months was a calculated risk, since he had never had his bag checked by security, but he did not know for sure if it was not policy to do so.

Spoilers

  • The line "Glad I never have to go through this again" was ad-libbed by Meryl Streep.
  • The last scene of the film shows the Watergate break-in, which was famously reported on by the Post. In Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks witnesses this event.
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