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Nothing But the Truth (2008)

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In Washington, D.C., a female reporter faces a possible jail sentence for outing a CIA agent and refusing to reveal her source.

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Rod Lurie

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Rod Lurie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Beckinsale ... Rachel Armstrong
Matt Dillon ... Patton Dubois
Angela Bassett ... Bonnie Benjamin
Alan Alda ... Albert Burnside
Vera Farmiga ... Erica Van Doren
David Schwimmer ... Ray Armstrong
Courtney B. Vance ... Agent O'Hara
Noah Wyle ... Avril Aaronson
Floyd Abrams Floyd Abrams ... Judge Hall
Preston Bailey ... Timmy Armstrong
Kristen Bough Kristen Bough ... Allison Van Doren
Julie Ann Emery ... Agent Boyd
Robert Harvey ... Warden
Michael O'Neill ... CIA Director
Kristen Shaw ... Angel
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Storyline

Thinking Pulitzer Prize and hoping to bring down a President, D.C. political columnist Rachel Armstrong writes that the President ignored the findings of a covert CIA operative when ordering air strikes against Venezuela. Rachel names the agent, Erica Van Doren, a woman whose young daughter is in Rachel's son's class at school. The government moves quickly to force Rachel to name her source. She's jailed for contempt when she refuses. She won't change her mind, and the days add up. Chaos descends on Van Doren's life as well. First Amendment versus national security, marriage and motherhood versus separation. What's the value of a principle? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Don't Reveal the Source


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual material and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 2009 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Faces da Verdade See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,045, 21 December 2008

Gross USA:

$3,045
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Alan Alda had previously acted in Rod Lurie's earlier film Resurrecting the Champ (2007). Not only are both films based on true stories, but they also deal with the issues of journalism, family vs. work, and identity. See more »

Goofs

Numerous times, Rachael is referred to as "Miss Armstrong", but since she's married, the correct title is "Mrs." See more »

Quotes

Erica Van Doren: You are an unpatriotic little cunt who's gonna walk right off the plank in the bowels of hell!
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References Hoffmeyer's Legacy (1912) See more »

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Nothing But the Truth
Written by Rod Lurie, Coby Brown
Performed by Coby Brown
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History versus Harbingers
2 May 2009 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

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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