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Nothing But the Truth (2008)

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In Washington, D.C., a female reporter faces a possible jail sentence for outing a CIA agent and refusing to reveal her source.

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Rod Lurie

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Rod Lurie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Beckinsale ... Rachel Armstrong
Matt Dillon ... Patton Dubois
Angela Bassett ... Bonnie Benjamin
Alan Alda ... Albert Burnside
Vera Farmiga ... Erica Van Doren
David Schwimmer ... Ray Armstrong
Courtney B. Vance ... Agent O'Hara
Noah Wyle ... Avril Aaronson
Floyd Abrams Floyd Abrams ... Judge Hall
Preston Bailey ... Timmy Armstrong
Kristen Bough Kristen Bough ... Allison Van Doren
Julie Ann Emery ... Agent Boyd
Robert Harvey ... Warden
Michael O'Neill ... CIA Director
Kristen Shaw ... Angel
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Storyline

Thinking Pulitzer Prize and hoping to bring down a President, D.C. political columnist Rachel Armstrong writes that the President ignored the findings of a covert CIA operative when ordering air strikes against Venezuela. Rachel names the agent, Erica Van Doren, a woman whose young daughter is in Rachel's son's class at school. The government moves quickly to force Rachel to name her source. She's jailed for contempt when she refuses. She won't change her mind, and the days add up. Chaos descends on Van Doren's life as well. First Amendment versus national security, marriage and motherhood versus separation. What's the value of a principle? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Don't Reveal the Source


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual material and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 2009 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Nothing But the Truth See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$409,832
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Roger Ebert, Matt Dillon said that he played his role as if he were the good guy rather than the antagonist. See more »

Goofs

When Rachel is beaten up in jail, she gets serious scars on her lower lip and her right eye. In a later scene, the scars are completely gone. In later subsequent scenes, the scars are back, and seen to be gradually healing. See more »

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Alan Burnside: Sometimes a mistake is like wearing white after Labour Day, and sometimes a mistake is invading Russia in winter!
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Featured in The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards (2009) See more »

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It's Not There
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From the Very Onset, TRUTH Gets a Headlock on Your Psyche and Doesn't Let Go!
26 November 2016 | by KissEnglishPastoSee all my reviews

From the very onset, via a blink of an eye assassination attempt on the president, TRUTH gets a headlock on your psyche and doesn't let go. It manages to be both extremely entertaining and thought-provoking, tackling perhaps one of the most important issues facing Americans in the 21st century: Balancing the First Amendment Right of journalists to protect the confidentiality of their sources against the government's right to guarantee national security during wartime. And it manages to do so in a very unpretentious way, without any of the In-Your-Face preaching so often found in films dealing with this topic.

Kudos to Rod Luries taut and low-key direction coaxing a remarkable ensemble performance from a stellar cast. Kate Becksinsale shines as an unshakable journalist who refuses to buckle under constantly mounting Federal pressure to coerce her into revealing her source. Vera Farmiga (who never caught my attention before) delivers a solid performance as the outed CIA agent at the center of a firestorm. For Matt Dillon fans, an interesting note: His performance as the Special Prosecutor hand-picked by the President to find the Traitor Tout Suite is a laudable departure from his usual tough-guy/low-life roles.

Rounding out this outstanding cast are, Angela Basset, Alan Alda, Edie Falco and David Schwimmer. There is one final element to mention that adds a potent punch to Truth, but any details would be a SPOILER, so, when you see it, you'll know.

(9 Stars) ENJOY / DISFRUTELA!

Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!


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