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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 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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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.


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

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Trivia

Toward the end of the film, when Mary Mapes is talking on the phone to Dan Rather, she is leaning against a bookcase in her home. On the shelf, you can see the autobiography of legendary Washington Post editor Benjamin C. Bradlee, called "A Good Life". Bradlee was editor when the Post exposed the Watergate scandal. As in this movie, he had to manage a media disaster when it was discovered that Post writer Janet Cooke fabricated a story about a young drug addict, which won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize. Once the truth came out, the Post returned the prize. See more »

Goofs

The movie timeline shows June 2004 and Mary Mapes is meeting with Josh Howard and Mary Murphy. She describes Bill White as a "business man" in Houston. Bill White was the MAYOR of Houston. (as of January 2004.) See more »

Quotes

Mary Mapes: How you're doing, Dan?
Dan Rather: I'm stepping down as anchor.
Mary Mapes: When?
Dan Rather: After inauguration.
Mary Mapes: Oh Dan...
Dan Rather: You didn't cause this, Mary.
Mary Mapes: Well, you're a shitty liar, you know that? Why didn't you ask me? Cos God knows everbody else did when the shit hit the fan. Why didn't you?
Dan Rather: Ask you what?
Mary Mapes: Why didn't you ask me if the documents were real?
Dan Rather: Because I know I didn't need to.
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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 »


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Written by Alfredo Rodriguez
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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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 2015 (USA) 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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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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