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9 October 2010 (USA) See more »
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Honest Man: the Life of R. Budd Dwyer is a movie about politics and corruption, suicide and survival... See more » | Full synopsis »
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At long last, the story of the man before the blast See more (8 total) »

Cast

 
Dyan Dwyer ... Herself
Joanne Dwyer ... Herself
R. Budd Dwyer ... Himself (voice)
Robert Dwyer ... Himself

Neil O'Neill ... William Smith
William Smith ... Himself

Steve Voldseth ... John Torquato
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Directed by
James Dirschberger 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Dirschberger 
Adam Wroblewski 

Produced by
James Dirschberger .... producer
Matt Levie .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Colin Day 
 
Film Editing by
Matt Levie 
 
Production Management
Daniel Bartholomew .... production manager
Emma James .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Schilens .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Mark Behm .... sound editor
Chris Gugisberg .... boom operator
Jared Swidzinski .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Josh Anderson .... camera operator
Daniel Bartholomew .... camera operator
Dane Brehm .... gaffer
Dan Carr .... camera operator
Colin Day .... camera operator
 
Animation Department
Casimir Fornalski .... animator
Mike Horn .... animator
Rinee Shah .... animator
 
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Frank Slodysko .... assistant editor
 

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76 min
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This was the only on camera interview William Smith ever gave.See more »

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Was Dwyer's final speech and suicide aired live where childern saw it as it happened?
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
At long last, the story of the man before the blast, 20 December 2010
Author: Geeky Randy from United States

James Dirschberger's feature-length debut is an astounding portrait of R. Budd Dwyer, the Pennsylvania State Treasurer who committed suicide during a press conference in 1987. For the last 23 years, Dwyer's final moments have been talked about much more than his productive life; so much that it actually has become somewhat of an internet meme despite the event taking place years before people even knew what the internet was. Just three years ago, if you put Dwyer's name into a search engine, all you'd find were suicide related results. Even now it's somewhat difficult to find a picture of Dwyer without the .357 Magnum revolver in his hand… or, in his mouth.

Dirschberger attempts to do the man justice by creating a film that covers more of Dwyer's life than his death. In uncovering Dwyer's life, Dirschberger has brought to light many things that were shadowed during Budd's fight for innocence. The film becomes a tale of an honest man driven to the breaking point.

The 75 minute documentary covers a lot of the man's life and also the story behind the guilty verdict. Dwyer upstaged many of his achievements in life by the way he died, but he made us care enough to look deeper behind how and why he was found guilty… and, even prosecuted in the first place. What's most impressive about the film is that it gives Budd a second chance; it looks deeper into the CTA scandal and it doesn't allow the suicide to center around the plot like some sensationalizing news style article.

To exclude Budd's suicide would deny the impact the CTA scandal had on him, and to include it in its entirety would make the audience focus too much on his death which has already been done for too long. Dirschberger compensates by including the suicide, but taming it down so Budd's story can appeal to more people than just the gorehounds and the morbidly curious.

Interviewees include everyone from family, friends and colleagues to William Smith, the man whose testimony convicted Dwyer. It's a story so controversial and easy to misunderstand; hats off to the crew of "Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer" for making all the right moves.

**** (out of four)

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