Nothing But the Truth

July 29th, 2009


Nothing But the Truth

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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.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 7.3/10 (15,360 voted)

Critic's Score: 64/100

Director: Rod Lurie

Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Vera Farmiga

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?

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

Taglines: Don't Reveal the Source


Official Website: Yari Film Group [United States] |

Release Date: 29 July 2009

Filming Locations: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $11,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $3,045 (USA) (21 December 2008) (2 Screens)

Gross: $3,045 (USA) (21 December 2008)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Canada: (Toronto International Film Festival)

Did You Know?

Kate Beckinsale and Vera Farmiga who worked together on this film have both played love interests opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. The films were The Aviator and The Departed, both directed by Martin Scorsese.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Numerous times, Rachael is referred to as "Miss Armstrong", but since she's married, the correct title is "Mrs."

Dubois: [Approaches Burnside after the court] This is a real honour for me. I studied you growing up, my dad was also a lawyer.

User Review

The kind of intelligent movie Hollywood rarely makes anymore

Rating: 9/10

This was shown last night at the Toronto International Film Festival and was very well received. It is a beautifully acted, deftly written examination of the tension between freedom of the press and the power of the state, based very loosely on the Valerie Plame case. The fact that writer and director Rod Lurie spent 13 years in the newspaper business is evident throughout, making for one of the most compelling and believable portrayals of what it is like to be a political reporter for a major newspaper since All the President's Men. Kate Beckinsale (the reporter) and Vera Farmiga (as the CIA operative) are outstanding and each delivers an Oscar-worthy performance. Matt Dillon gives one of his best performances as the smarmy, ambitious and self-righteous prosecuting attorney. David Schwimmer, an odd casting choice, does a fine job within a fairly narrow range. Surprisingly, I even enjoyed Alan Alda's performance as a high-powered, rather cynical and self-obsessed Washington lawyer, hired to defend the beleaguered reporter. But the two women really steal the show.

There was much discussion in our group about the ending and whether it enhanced or undercut the basic message of the film. No point in spoiling it here, but I can assure you it will provoke debate.


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