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Nothing But the Truth -- Reporter Rachel Armstrong (Beckinsale) is handed a jail sentence for refusing to name her source, a covert CIA operative, for her article on a American missile attack against Venezuela.
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Nothing But the Truth -- Clip: If you can sleep at night
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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 ... 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 Page ... Molly Meyers (as Angelica Torn)

Jamey Sheridan ... Oscar Van Doren
Pamela Jones ... Guard Washington
Jennifer McCoy ... Jesse
David Bridgewater ... Riggens

Jenny Odle Madden ... Olivia

Rod Lurie ... Larry
Janie Paris ... Editor #2
Jim Palmer ... Editor #3

Clay Chamberlin ... Editor #4
Joseph Murphy ... Bloomington

Ashley LeConte Campbell ... Teacher
Scott Williamson ... President Lyman

Dan Abrams ... Himself
Elizabeth Anne Wilson ... Producer

Jon W. Sparks ... Rumpled Man (as Jon Sparks)

Erin Dangler ... Gretchen Monroe
Randall Hartzog ... Principal
Craig Wright ... Male Guard
Phil Darius Wallace ... FBI Agent Coddington

Kelly Holleman ... Clerk (Sun Times)

Allen O. Battle III ... Gentleman (as Allen Overton Battle III)
Teri Itkin ... Miss Potter
Angie Gilbert ... Trustee
Antonio Morton ... Deputy
Blake Brooks ... Intern
Carol Russell-Woloshin ... Waitress (as Carol Russell)

Verda Davenport ... Police Clerk (as Verda Davenport Booher)
Robert P. Campbell ... Polygraphist
Michael Detroit ... David
Jeffrey W. Bailey ... AUSA
Garnet Brooks ... Secret Service Agent
William J. Immerman ... Chief Justice
D'Army Bailey ... Supreme Court Judge
Lowell Perry ... Federal Marshall

Merle Dandridge ... Celia
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Buchanan ... Photographer (uncredited)
T.J. Cates ... Lawyer #2 (uncredited)

MaConnia Chesser ... Inmate (uncredited)
Brian Crider ... Reporter (uncredited)
Shannon Daulton ... Extra (uncredited)
Josh Driver ... Juror (uncredited)

Geoff Falk ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Angela Feild ... Inmate (uncredited)

Katie Groshong ... Sandy (uncredited)

Laurie Johnson ... Grand Juror (uncredited)

Wendell Kinney ... Chef (uncredited)
Donald Meyers ... Prison Visitor (uncredited)
Jon Ruffiner ... Guard (uncredited)

Christian Walker ... Lawyer (uncredited)

Emily Williams ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Darius Willis ... Guard #1 (uncredited)
R. Elkins Wright ... Prison Visitor (uncredited)

Directed by
Rod Lurie 
Writing credits
Rod Lurie (written by)

Produced by
Dennis Brown .... executive producer
Marc Frydman .... producer
David Glasser .... executive producer (as David C. Glasser)
William J. Immerman .... executive producer
Rod Lurie .... producer
James Spies .... executive producer
Bob Yari .... producer
Original Music by
Larry Groupé 
Cinematography by
Alik Sakharov (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sarah Boyd 
Casting by
Mary Jo Slater 
Production Design by
Eloise Crane Stammerjohn  (as Eloise Stammerjohn)
Set Decoration by
Leslie Morales 
Costume Design by
Lynn Falconer 
Makeup Department
Gloria Belz .... makeup department head
Joy Truly Brown .... assistant hair stylist
Janice Byrd .... hair department head (as Janice M. Byrd)
Barbara Lorenz .... hair department head: Los Angeles
Paula Pearcy .... assistant makeup artist
Randy Stodghill .... hair stylist: Ms. Bassett
Vasilios Tanis .... makeup artist: Ms. Beckinsale and Ms. Bassett
Vasilios Tanis .... makeup department head: Los Angeles
Alicia M. Tripi .... hair stylist: Los Angeles (as Alicia Tripi)
Production Management
Ed Cathell III .... unit production manager
Buddy Enright .... executive in charge of production
Jill Greenblatt .... post-production manager
Shana Fischer Huber .... post-production supervisor
Linda L. Miller .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Goldthwait .... first assistant director: Los Angeles
John Greenway .... second assistant director
Thomas A. Reilly .... first assistant director
Scott Rorie .... second second assistant director
Annie Simons .... second assistant director: Los Angeles
Art Department
Sharon Bicks .... set dresser
Rachel Boulden .... art department coordinator
Rachel Boulden .... art department coordinator
Darian Corley .... property master
Will E. Drummond .... set dresser
Andrew Dunlap .... art department assistant
Jim Eikner .... propmaker
Tommy Gilbert .... set dresser
Alexander Gordon .... art department assistant
Frank Gray III .... assistant property master
Darcy Healy .... leadman
Frank Hendrick .... leadman
Dane Moore .... construction coordinator
Spencer H. Register .... set dresser (as Spencer Register)
Chelsey Staggs .... art department assistant
Eric Brice Swartz .... lead scenic artist (as Eric Swartz)
Sound Department
Julie Altus .... adr recordist
Zane D. Bruce .... foley artist (as Zane Bruce)
Kerry Ann Carmean .... foley editor (as Kerry Carmean)
Krissopher Chevannes .... adr recordist
Andy D'Addario .... sound re-recording mixer (as Andrew D'Addario)
Ezra Dweck .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Flinchbaugh .... digital audio assistant
Don Givens .... foley mixer
Glynna Grimala .... dialogue editor
Dan Hegeman .... sound effects editor
Xavier Horan .... first assistant sound editor
James B. Howe .... foley mixer (as James Howe)
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Anna MacKenzie .... supervising sound editor
Jay Meagher .... sound mixer
Michelle Pazer .... adr editor
Randy Pease .... boom operator
Lisa Pinero .... sound mixer: additional photography
Joseph T. Sabella .... foley artist (as Joe Sabella)
Dean St. John .... adr mixer
Frederick H. Stahly .... dialogue editor
Karen Vassar Triest .... sound effects editor (as Karen Vassar)
Special Effects by
Amanda Paller .... special effects assistant (as Amanda Nichol Paller)
Visual Effects by
Chad E. Beck .... visual effects post supervisor
Eddie Bonin .... visual effects coordinator
Jon Craig .... digital compositor
Adam Ealovega .... compositing supervisor
Meliza Fermin .... digital compositor
Diego Galtieri .... digital compositor
Kristin Johnson .... matte painter
Daniel Kumiega .... 3D artist
Daniel Kumiega .... visual effects
Al Lopez .... 3D supervisor
Christopher D. Martin .... digital compositor (as Chris Martin)
Curt Miller .... visual effects supervisor
Reid Paul .... visual effects producer
Scott Ramsey .... digital supervisor
Scott Ramsey .... visual effects producer
Jon Rhinehardt .... rotoscope artist
Doug Spilatro .... visual effects
Cedric Tomacruz .... matte painter
Ryan Wieber .... rotoscope artist (as Ryan Weiber)
Jon Rhinehardt .... compositor (uncredited)
Shelly Gene Latane Alexin .... stunts
Mitch Herron .... utility stunts
Max Maxwell .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Budd .... grip
Robert Bullard .... first assistant camera
Alicia 'Red' Burnett .... lamp operator (as Alicia Burnett)
Snake Burnett .... rigging grip
Fred Cooper .... dolly grip
Christopher Crowther .... electrician
Courtney Drewes .... second assistant camera (as Courtney Drewes-Jones)
Robert Duke .... dolly grip
Tracy Facelli .... second assistant camera: 'a' camera
Scott Friedland .... rigging key grip
Christian Hawkins .... lamp operator
Josh Jacobs .... grip
Kevin Janicelli .... gaffer
Tony Jenzano .... video assist
Peter Koola .... best boy electric
Josh Malloy .... grip
Kevin B. May .... generator operator
David Mellow .... first assistant camera
Joshua Miller .... grip
Dale Robinette .... additional still photographer
Scott Satterfield .... best boy grip
Geoffrey Brent Shrewsbury .... film loader
Henry Tirl .... Steadicam operator
Henry Tirl .... camera operator: "a" camera
Daniel L. Turrett .... camera operator: "b" camera
Ernie Wann .... company electrician
Darryl Wilson .... key grip
Steve Wolfe .... assistant camera: additional photography
James Young .... lamp operator
Casting Department
Daniel Campbell .... location casting assistant
Kate Carlin .... adr voice casting
Kimberly Graham .... casting associate
Judy Henderson .... casting: New York
Sarah Tackett .... location casting
Abby Elzemeyer .... casting intern (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jessica Adducci .... costume assistant (as Jessica Powers)
Sona Amroyan .... head seamstress
Jim Alan Cook .... set costumer
Rachel Greene .... wardrobe supervisor
Erika Lilienthal .... costume assistant
Annie Pemberton .... costume assistant
Marissa Pincus .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Dan Aguilar .... digital intermediate editor
Gareth Cook .... colorist
David Feldman .... digital intermediate producer
Ben Hasler .... post-production coordinator
Mara Safransky .... first assistant editor
Mark Skowronski .... digital intermediate producer
Leroy Wolf .... color timer
Music Department
Carli Barber .... music editor
Kevin J. Edelman .... music supervisor (as Kevin Edelman)
Richard Glasser .... executive in charge of music
Larry Groupé .... musician: piano
Matthew Nichols .... composer: additional music
Greg Townley .... scoring mixer
Scott Van Dutton .... score recordist
Yao Zhao .... musician: cello
Transportation Department
Nalla Black .... driver
Drew Clarke .... driver: cast
Monte Emery .... picture car coordinator
Bob Foster .... transportation coordinator
Riley Ordoyne .... transportation captain
Darwin Witte .... driver: honeywagon
Other crew
Leslie Adler .... assistant: Mr. Wyle
Jeff L. Anderson .... production coordinator
Anthony Beaudoin .... production financing provided by
Elizabeth A. Bell .... senior vice president: general counsel
Stuart Burkin .... executive in charge of post
Jean Chemay .... assistant: Mr. Alda
Delia Circelli .... production coordinator: Los Angeles Unit
Patty Covarrubias .... assistant: Mr. Schwimmer
James de Gallegos .... production financing provided by
Josh Driver .... stand-in
Farnaz Fahid .... assistant: Mr. Glasser
Farnaz Fahid .... chief creative officer: Yari Film Group
Jan Falk .... stand-in
Kevin Fink .... assistant: Mr. Glasser
Jennifer Fowler .... production secretary
E.J. Friedman .... production assistant
Kelly Hoover Greenway .... assistant production office coordinator (as Kelly Hoover)
Adrienne Hamalian-Mangine .... script supervisor: Los Angeles (as Adrienne Hamalian)
J.T. Harrell .... production assistant
Tracy Jackson .... assistant: Ms. Bassett
Karla Jones .... production secretary
Ashley Kravitz .... script clearance
Martin Lane .... location manager
Elizabeth Maxwell .... craft service
Kim McCray .... set production assistant
Marguerite Mello .... assistant: Mr. Glasser
Donald Meyers .... stand in: Alan Alda
Julie Milstead .... assistant: Mr. Yari
Malee Nerenhausen .... production executive
Monica Pacheco .... assistant: Mr. Brown
Tanoa Parks .... production accountant
Erik Proveaux .... caterer
Michelle Reed .... assistant: Mr. Immerman
Christine Richardson .... publicist
Astrid Rodriguez .... assistant: Mr. Dillon
Robert Saba .... assistant location manager
Kimberly Simpson .... assistant: Elizabeth A. Bell
Skye Stolnitz .... assistant: Linda L. Miller
Tiffany Thomas .... first assistant accountant
Natalie Torres .... assistant: Ms. Beckinsale
Matt Varosky .... assistant: Mr. Frydman
C.J. Vranca .... business affairs/legal
Darius Wadia .... assistant: Mr. Lurie
Mari Wilson .... script supervisor
R. Elkins Wright .... stand-in: Jamey Sheridan
R. Elkins Wright .... stand-in: Robert Harvey
Diego Daniel Pardo .... dialect coach: Mr. Dillon (uncredited)
Anthony Alexander .... special thanks
Phil Bredesen .... special thanks
Steve Cohen .... special thanks (as The Honorable Steve Cohen)
Bernice B. Donald .... special thanks
Larry Godwin .... special thanks (as Director Larry Godwin)
Thomas M. Gould .... special thanks
Sherman Greer .... special thanks
Willie Herenton .... special thanks (as Willie W. Herenton)
Terry G. Jones .... special thanks (as The Honorable Terry G. Jones)
Mark Luttrell .... special thanks (as Sheriff Mark Luttrell)
Nathan Lux .... special thanks
Andrew Tabor .... special thanks
A.C. Wharton .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Source of a Leaker" - USA (alternative title)
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Rated R for language, some sexual material and a scene of violence
108 min | Canada:108 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

There is a scene in the movie where Erica Van Doren (Vera Farmiga) is given a lie detector test because the CIA suspects that she leaked her own identity. Rod Lurie brought in a real life polygraphist to polygraph her for the scene. He asked her if her name was Erica Van Doren and if she worked for the CIA. After the scene was over the polygraphist called Lurie over to tell him that Farmiga beat the polygraph test because the machine said that she was telling the truth.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Numerous times, Rachael is referred to as "Miss Armstrong", but since she's married, the correct title is "Mrs."See more »
Rachel Armstrong:Nice suit.
Alan Burnside:That's not a suit. It's a Zegna!
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Movie Connections:
References Hoffmeyer's Legacy (1912)See more »
It's Not ThereSee more »


Does Rachel reveal her source at the end of the movie?
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77 out of 113 people found the following review useful.
A powerful film..., 13 September 2008
Author: BobStage from Ontario, Canada

I first heard about this film because of Matt Dillon, one of my favourite actors. He is the second billing in this film, right behind Kate Beckinsale, also starring Vera Farmiga, Alan Alda, Angela Bassett, and David Schwimmer.

The film is about Rachel Armstrong, a reporter (Beckinsale) who has written the story of her life: a military coup by the United States on a South American country was a lie, a Watergate, an operation that could get a president impeached. One CIA agent (Farmiga) had been there before the attack and had reported that there was no need to attack. They attacked anyway, and through a number of sources, Armstrong succeeds in finding the story. When the paper hits, the government realizes that they must find out the original source of Armstrong. Hired to find out this story is Patton Dupois (Matt Dillon), who goes after Armstrong with a ruthless but aloof determination. She is held in contempt of court when she refuses to reveal her source, and she is put in jail. Armstrong's boss (Bassett) and her lawyer (Alda) urges her to keep up the stand she has taken, while her husband (Schwimmer) is angry that she has done this. She herself must cope with the consequences of taking on the government, and the pressure just lays on throughout the story.

Beckinsale keeps the story going easily with her brilliant performance. The story is of course, focused on her, and the effect of imprisonment and interrogation can be seen on her face when she sees her son through the glass of visiting hours, or when Dupois questions her in court. Matt Dillon is also a brilliant actor, and I hope the two of them get nominated this year. However, while Dillon deserves it, I think Alda will end up with the nomination, who is both witty and cynical throughout the court battles.

The film's true strength comes from the fact that it is not a true Hollywood film. There is a tone about it that is certainly not like a usual story like this. The characters are dark, but also with redeeming qualities. Schwimmer's character of the husband does hurtful things, but out of weakness rather than malice. Dillon's character is ruthless in his prosecution, but in truth, he is just doing his job well. Even Beckinsale's character is not the underdog hero that this film could have been about. Thankfully, this movie takes a different route.

It was a real enjoyment seeing this film. Dillon shines as he usually has when I've seen him, and so do Beckinsale and Farmiga. The only over-the-top character is that of Avril Aaronson, played by Noah Wyle, and is thankfully overshadowed by the good performances of those who carry the film.

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