Nothing but the Truth

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A tense political drama ripped straight from the headlines, Rod Lurie's Nothing But the Truth tells the tale of a Washington, D.C. reporter who is targeted by the government after refusing to reveal her source for a story that identified an undercover CIA operative. Rachel Armstrong Kate Beckinsale is an ambitious young reporter working at the Capitol Sun-Times, one of Washington, D.C.'s biggest newspapers. When the paper published Rachel's incendiary story revealing the identity of covert CIA agent Erica Van ...
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Overview

A tense political drama ripped straight from the headlines, Rod Lurie's Nothing But the Truth tells the tale of a Washington, D.C. reporter who is targeted by the government after refusing to reveal her source for a story that identified an undercover CIA operative. Rachel Armstrong Kate Beckinsale is an ambitious young reporter working at the Capitol Sun-Times, one of Washington, D.C.'s biggest newspapers. When the paper published Rachel's incendiary story revealing the identity of covert CIA agent Erica Van Doren Vera Farmiga, charismatic special prosecutor Patton Dubois Matt Dillon demands that she reveal her source for the story. With the support of her husband, Ray David Schwimmer; her editor, Bonnie Angela Bassett; and the paper's in-house attorney, Avril Noah Wyle, Rachel defies Patton's request and all hell breaks loose. When Rachel likewise refuses to reveal her source even to U.S. District Court Judge Hall Floyd Adams, she is cited with contempt of court and thrown in the D.C. Detention Center until she decides to cooperate. As Rachel's attorney, Albert Burnside Alan Alda, argues her case all the way to the Supreme Court, the public begins to question why the embattled reporter would sacrifice both her family and her career to maintain her journalistic integrity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2013
  • EAN: 5060262851265
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Source: Ais
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 72,702

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kate Beckinsale , Rachel Armstrong
Matt Dillon , Patton Dubois
Angela Bassett Bonnie Benjamin,
Vera Farmiga , Erica Van Doren
Alan Alda Albert Burnside,
Edie Falco
David Schwimmer , Ray Armstrong
Courtney Vance Agent O'Hara
Noah Wyle , Avril Aaronson
Floyd Abrams Judge Hall
Preston Bailey Timmy Armstrong
Kristen Bough Allison Van Doren
Julie Ann Emery Agent Boyd
Robert Harvey Warden
Michael O'Neill CIA Director
Kristen Shaw Angel
Angelica Torn Molly Meyers
Technical Credits
Rod Lurie Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Sarah Boyd Editor
Dennis Brown Executive Producer
Kevin J. Edelman Musical Direction/Supervision
Lynn Falconer Costumes/Costume Designer
Marc Frydman Producer
David C. Glasser Executive Producer
William J. Immerman Executive Producer
Larry Groupe Score Composer
Jay Meagher Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas A. Reilly Art Director
Alik Sakharov Cinematographer
Mary Jo Slater Casting
James Spies Executive Producer
Eloise C. Stammerjohn Production Designer
Bob Yari Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    History versus Harbingers

    NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH does what the newspapers have basically stopped doing: it focuses on issues that affect the nation from the very top of the government down, revealing the machinations of behind the scenes secrecy that could break the Bill of Rights into pieces. In many ways it is a horror movie, if the story line of the film 'based on a real incident' examined in such a carefully realized way is unknown to many viewers Yes, movies are movies and need to alter names and places and events to create a dramatic effect, but the story here is one that needs diligent attention as we continue to re-evaluate the dense and covered shadows that remain from the last administration.

    An attempted assassination of the President too quickly leads to naming Venezuela as perpetrator and under the guise of 'national security' that country is placed as the target for a possible preemptive war (sound familiar?). Cover-up begins and an undercover CIA operative is disclosed by a gutsy female reporter whose story is so important that it suggests the possibility of being in line for a Pulitzer Prize. But the government doesn't want the truth to leak and the reporter is eventually jailed and imprisoned for refusing to reveal her source of the story. The ending of the film is indeed terrifying.

    The well selected cast includes Kate Beckinsale as the brave reporter, Vera Farminga as the outed CIA operative, David Schwimmer as Beckinsale's frightened husband, Matt Dillon as the government henchman assigned to get Beckinsale to reveal her source and Alan Alda as the lawyer who supports Beckinsale's stance (his speech before the Supreme Court will be remembered as some of the finest and most gripping writing in years). Others in strong supporting roles include Angela Bassett, Noah Wylie, and Floyd Abrams.

    Sam Lurie wrote and directed this engrossing film with the good sense to not hammer the audience over the head with the fairly obvious comparisons to the shenanigans of the Bush/Cheney administration, leaving the evidence in plain sight that when the President decides what can and can't be known to the public - in the name of 'homeland security' - our constitutional rights and even our democratic form of government is at stake. This is a fine movie, beautifully acted, and SHOULD be seen by everyone. Grady Harp

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