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Nothing But the Truth -- Inspired by true events. A Washington, D.C. reporter writes an explosive story about a government scandal in which she reveals the name of a covert C.I.A. agent. Unexpectedly finding herself behind bars, she struggles to maintain her principles and relationship with her family when she refuses to divulge her source.
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.
Nothing But the Truth -- Clip: What can I do for you?
Nothing But the Truth -- Clip: If you can sleep at night
Nothing But the Truth -- Clip: This is a big mistake


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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
Marissa Pincus Fuller .... set costumer (as Marissa Pincus)
Rachel Greene .... wardrobe supervisor
Erika Lilienthal .... costume assistant
Annie Pemberton .... costume assistant
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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Rated R for language, some sexual material and a scene of violence
108 min | Canada:108 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Did You Know?

Due to The Yari Film Group (the film's distributor) filing a Chapter 11 protection (Bankruptcy Code), the film was never given a theatrical release outside of Los Angeles and New York.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:[Confronting Erica] I'm writing a story. I work for the National Desk okay, and it's gonna run tomorrow, and it's gonna say among other things that you are a CIA operative and that you went on a mission, a fact-finding mission to Venezuela.See more »
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63 out of 102 people found the following review useful.
Nothing But The Truth, 17 November 2008
Author: shanebrode from United States


Quietly, cautiously and self-consciously, Rod Lurie has for nearly a decade now worked at building a sterling reputation as the most significant writer-director of substantial films since Oliver Stone. In such movies as "The Contender" and Abc-TV's "Commander In Chief", Lurie has dealt with politics and journalism and, in his uniquely appealing way, the odd, complex, symbiotic relationship between them. That vision was extended to also comment on--criticizing more than celebrating--the mystery of macho values, be they in actual combat or the athletic sphere, in "Resurrecting The Champ", "The Last Castle", and TV's "Line Of Fire"; here's a theme Lurie is certain to explore to its fullest in his announced remake of the controversial Sam Peckinpah classic "Straw Dogs".

Meanwhile, Lurie has returned to his original combination of preoccupations for "Nothing But The Truth", the film that will, if there is any justice in the world (and at the box-office), arc his reputation from cult indie filmmaker for the educated-elite into the most important mainstream movie maker in the business, able to entertain with edge of your seat suspense while quietly informing you about the most important elements in our society.

Clearly, "Nothing But The Truth" was inspired by the Valerie Plame/Judy Miller incident: the film focuses on a curious relationship that develops between a reporter (Kate Beckinsale) and a spy (Vera Farmiga) when the former "outs" the latter in a newspaper story. Yet anyone expecting a combination of docudrama and roman-a-clef will be in for a surprise. Rather than remain slavishly true to the details, or even the essence, of the real-life situation, Lurie employs the premise but loosely, in order to explore those issues that most matter to him: the powers of the press and the politicos, as well as the impact of their natural conflict on the all-important First Amendment.

But don't think for one moment that this turns out to be some dry 'message movie.' "Nothing But The Truth" plays as a Hitchcockian thriller, right down to the twist ending that makes a mainstream viewer want to go back and watch the movie over again, just to try and spot the hints of what is in store for us at the conclusion so as to try and grasp how we "never saw it coming" even though Lurie prepared us every inch of the way.

There are great lines here that people will be quoting for years as phrases and statements enter into our idiomatic English. Lurie's direction proves as scintillating as his writing: subtle touches make clear that he knows how to tell a story visually as well as verbally. Likely, film critics of today and cinema historians of the future will debate his smart directorial decisions; yet they are so subtly done that the average viewer will remain entirely unaware of them (the way, of course, it should be), blithefully enjoying a terrific 'show' as all the artistry is understated.

Best of all, Lurie--though clearly a liberal--never preaches to us in the manner we have come to expect (and, if the failure of W is any indication, finally reject) from Oliver Stone. Stone's movies are all centered around some idea which he hammers home. Lurie's films contain numerous ideas without ever becoming simplistically ideological. Though we clearly grasp what he thinks about important issues, Lurie leaves us free to make up our own minds. Stone tells us precisely what to think; Lurie explains what we ought to be thinking about. It's the difference between propaganda and education, the one narrowing our own intellectual abilities, the other expanding them.

Expect this to be the breakthrough film for an expansive auteur who gets a little bit better with each picture, though it's hard to see how he'll top this one. Then again, those of us who discovered his work early on said that about "The Contender" and every film he has made since.

--Douglas Brode Professor of Cinema/Television Studies The Newhouse School, Syracuse University

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