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Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer -- This independent film follows Budd Dwyer, a Pennsylvania politician who infamously committed suicide at a televised press conference. The film chronicles Dwyer's meteoric rise to political power and examines the bribery scandal and subsequent trial that pushed him to his breaking point. Honest Man also delves into the controversy of the uncensored airing of his death on tv stations worldwide.


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9 October 2010 (USA) See more »
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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More a party political broadcast meets a eulogy than an actual documentary. See more (10 total) »


Dyan Dwyer ... Herself
Joanne Dwyer ... Herself
R. Budd Dwyer ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Dwyer ... Himself

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

Steve Voldseth ... John Torquato

Directed by
James Dirschberger 
Writing credits
Adam Wroblewski  &
James Dirschberger 

Produced by
James Dirschberger .... producer
Matt Levie .... producer
Original Music by
Chris Woodhouse 
Cinematography by
Colin M. Day  (as 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 M. Day .... camera operator (as Colin Day)
Animation Department
Casimir Fornalski .... animator
Mike Horn .... animator
Rinee Shah .... animator
Editorial Department
Frank Slodysko .... assistant editor

Production Companies

Additional Details

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


Was Dwyer's final speech and suicide aired live where childern saw it as it happened?
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
More a party political broadcast meets a eulogy than an actual documentary., 30 March 2015
Author: maxwellsnake24

If the purpose of a documentary is to enlighten via the presentation of unbiased facts than surely james dirschberger's 'honest man : the life of r budd dwyer' is the ultimate anti-documentary.From the choice of interviewees (family members,ex colleagues),reluctance to even acknowledge or go into detail about the incriminating evidence against him and finally the completely partisan title of the finished product,you should be in no doubt what conclusions the film's makers want to you to draw about the case.Having had no preconceptions regarding dwyer's guilt or innocence going into watching this (i was merely interested in the story),i was disappointed by the bull in a china shop approach to proving his innocence. Imagine if 'capturing the friedman's' andrew jarecki's superlative documentary about the friedman abuse case took this same approach from the get go,then we'd have missed out on all the rich insight and thought provoking evidence for and against the accused that the director gleaned from both the interviews and the evidence he had procured and would have been left with a glorified celluloid character reference instead. As such 'honest man' is a massively dispiriting misfire that will surely only appeal to those who want quick and easy answers and wont question from whence they came.

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