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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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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?
Is this out on DVD already?
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A True Documentary, 17 December 2010
Author: elliot-63 from United States

Most of us watched this documentary for one reason, we saw Dwyer's suicide video and wanted to know what drove this man to do what he did. If I could sum Honest Man up in one word it would be poignant. At no time does the documentary try to sway you in his innocence or his guilt, which is the foundation of a good documentary, to present history without forcing you to believe what the documentarian believes. I think most of us are going to go into this with the outcome predetermined and we will see it the way we want to see it. I am not an emotional person but watching this documentary there were times that I felt something I'm not used to… sadness. Borrowed time, we are all on it, and Honest Man really shows us that not just Budd, and what went on in his life, but what could go on in any given day in ours. Many interviews in this documentary will stick with me. The only down side is there is very little of Budd himself talking. On the DVD there are a few swearing ins and a little bit of his final speech, in the extras, but what we learn of Budd comes from the memories of others and not his own words. Just to set the record straight the final speech was NOT aired live, it was rebroadcast. Who would care to watch the assumed resignation of a state treasurer live? Yes, kids were off of school that day but they did not see it live!

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