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Truth (2015)

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Newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush's military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes their careers.

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James Vanderbilt

Writers:

James Vanderbilt (screenplay), Mary Mapes (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cate Blanchett ... Mary Mapes
Robert Redford ... Dan Rather
Topher Grace ... Mike Smith
Dennis Quaid ... Lt. Col. Roger Charles
Elisabeth Moss ... Lucy Scott
Bruce Greenwood ... Andrew Heyward
Stacy Keach ... Lt. Col. Bill Burkett
John Benjamin Hickey ... Mark Wrolstad
David Lyons ... Josh Howard
Dermot Mulroney ... Lawrence Lanpher
Rachael Blake ... Betsy West
Andrew McFarlane ... Dick Hibey
Natalie Saleeba ... Mary Murphy
Noni Hazlehurst ... Nicki Burkett
Connor Burke Connor Burke ... Robert Mapes
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Storyline

The story of The Killian Documents controversy (a.k.a. "Rathergate") in the days leading up to the 2004 presidential election. When veteran newscaster Dan Rather and CBS News head Mary Mapes choose to air a segment on 60 Minutes exposing how President Bush avoided being drafted to Vietnam through his father's political advantages, the resulting fallout ultimately costs them their jobs and reputations. Written by Connor Smith

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When Truth becomes your downfall.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a brief nude photo | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conspiración y poder See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,232, 18 October 2015

Gross USA:

$2,541,854

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,383,097
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Before filming began, James Vanderbilt sat with his Australian director of photography Mandy Walker and screened some classic movies that involve a lot of talking heads. All the President's Men (1976), Margin Call (2011) and Michael Clayton (2007) were all on the list. See more »

Goofs

The 60 Minutes report airs at, presumably 8 PM eastern (in early September), based on the rundown clock in the edit room. When her husband and son are watching the show in Dallas (at presumably 7PM, it's dark outside. Also, when the 60 Minutes executive is watching the evening news reports in his office, presumably a few days later (also presumably at 6:30-7:00 in early-mid September), it's also dark out. See more »

Quotes

Mike Smith: Hey, I never got to ask you. Why did you get into journalism?
Dan Rather: Curiosity.
Mike Smith: That's it?
Dan Rather: That's everything. Why did you get into?
Mike Smith: You.
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William Devane as The voice of Gen. Hodges on the telephone is not listed in the cast. See more »


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Is it news or is it conjecture?
2 October 2017 | by gbkmmaurstadSee all my reviews

CBS prime news producer Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) and her staff investigate allegations that George W. Bush was given preferential treatment while in the military which kept him out of Viet Nam and that he may have also been AWOL for a periods of time.

Believing the memos in their position are hard evidence validating their claims, they prepare a segment for their weekly 60 Minutes program. News veteran Dan Rather delivers their findings before their viewing audience just months before the 2004 presidential election.

This film illustrates how people can convince themselves they are doing the right thing for all the wrong reasons and leads to the beginning of the downfall of news organizations. If you're not sure how the news is produced, you might want to see this one.


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