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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.



(screenplay), (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mary Mapes
... Dan Rather
... Mike Smith
... Lt. Col. Roger Charles
... Lucy Scott
... Andrew Heyward
... Lt. Col. Bill Burkett
... Mark Wrolstad
... Josh Howard
... Lawrence Lanpher
... Betsy West
... Dick Hibey
Natalie Saleeba ... Mary Murphy
... Nicki Burkett
Connor Burke ... Robert Mapes


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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Release Date:

30 October 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Conspiración y poder  »


Box Office


$9,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,232, 16 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,541,554, 7 February 2016
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the scene toward the end of the movie where Mary Mapes is taking to Dan Rather on the phone, a book titled "Katherine Hepburn" can be seen on the shelf behind her. Cate Blanchett played Hepburn in The Aviator (2004). See more »


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 »


Dan Rather: So political considerations were a major force in the Guard?
Robert Strong: [Chuckles] It verged on outright corruption the favors that were done, the power that was traded. From a moral and ethical standpoint, it was unconscionable.
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Crazy Credits

William Devane as The voice of Gen. Hodges on the telephone is not listed in the cast. See more »


String Quartet #1 - Allegro Assai
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Wolfgang Mozart)
Courtesy of APM Music
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Only Hollywood can take a lie and call it Truth
28 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

Spoiler Alert! The movie's acting is good but I couldn't get over the story's title and message schizophrenia. In the end, I saw this story telling as mostly a big lie making excuses for Mapes. One scene during her investigation and interrogation is strung out seemingly to make a point that her credibility was unassailable and her information on the "OETR" report wellresearched. However, The forged letter with the modern fonts was incontrovertible proof of a big lie from my perspective and as someone with many years of technology experience I understand this better than most. Yet they still called the movie "Truth"? In the end, Mapes seems to be lionized by the story which adds to the confusion. What are the writers trying to tell us? Is the Truth a Lie? Did you think she was she telling the truth? My conclusion - she didn't deserve any kudos and she was nothing but a bigot. Good acting, disjointed story and, no, it's not the Truth.

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