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Nothing But the Truth
Nothing But the Truth
Actors: Kate Beckinsale, Vera Farmiga
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2009     1hr 48min

Inspired by true events. Kate Beckinsale and Academy Award® nominee Matt Dillon (Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Crash, 2004) lead an all-star cast in this explosive story about a Washington, D.C. rep...  more »

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Actors: Kate Beckinsale, Vera Farmiga
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/28/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 12/18/2008
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 48min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 7
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

George K. from COLCHESTER, CT
Reviewed on 10/15/2014...
A surprisingly involving film. Nothing soppy here in a high-tension battle with an unfeeling and overbearing government. But the ending will tear at your heartstrings.

The cast is solid, with Beckinsale's fragile beauty making her the perfect tough-minded reporter and Matt Dillon's babydoll face emphasizing his prosecutorial ruthlessness. Alan Alda? You know what to expect.

Definitely worth seeing.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Beatriz F. (nebula61) from MIAMI, FL
Reviewed on 10/20/2013...
Really gripping movie--Kate Beckinsale's performance made you really care about the character and Alan Alda was also excellent as the defense attorney whose attitude changes over the course of the film. Very intense and absorbing--one of those movies that makes you thing--what would I do if it were me?
Reviewed on 6/4/2013...
Riveting. Beckinsale, Farmiga, Dillon were excellent.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Elizabeth B. (bethieof96) from NINETY SIX, SC
Reviewed on 5/20/2013...
This is a very good suspenseful courtroom drama. The acting is first rate and the ending is very surprising. Based on a true story that took place during the Bush - Cheney Administration.

Movie Reviews

Must-see DVD
Thelma Adams | Hyde Park, NY | 04/16/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The smart, engrossing political thriller in the tradition of All the President's Men has a welcome female twist: two working mommies -- one a DC journalist (Kate Beckinsale), one a CIA agent (Vera Farmiga) -- cross paths on their kids' soccer field with disastrous results. Beckinsale clearly doesn't need a rubber catsuit to be terrific; she's focused, genuine, and sympathetic as the investigative reporter whose first big scoop crumples the career and family of her spook subject, with plenty of collateral damage in her own life when she goes to prison for withholding her source's name. And The Departed's Farmiga balances between dangerous adversary and wounded mother in a volatile supporting role."
Drama Based on Newspaper Headlines
The Movie Man | Maywood, New Jersey USA | 05/23/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Nothing But the Truth" is based on the events surrounding the prison sentence of "New York Times" reporter Judith Miller after she refused to reveal the source who identified undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame.
Prompted by a failed assassination attempt on the President of the United States, investigative reporter Rachel Armstrong (Kate Beckinsale) discovers that a neighborhood woman is a CIA operative. Rachel believes she has happened upon the Big Story, and is backed by her editor (Angela Bassett), the newspaper's legal counsel (Noah Wyle), and her First Amendment lawyer (Alan Alda). Federal prosecutor Patton Dubois (Matt Dillon) wants her to name her sources. She refuses and is thrown in jail for contempt of court. She thinks she will soon be released, but as her incarceration lengthens, her relationship with husband (David Schwimmer) and son (Preston Bailey) starts to deteriorate.
Performances are first-rate in this tense political thriller. Beckinsale is sympathetic as the idealistic yet frightened reporter, but Dillon dazzles as the Javert-like Fed who will use anything and everything within his power to break the reporter's will. The changing relationship between Rachel and her family gives the film humanity and elevates it from a mere "ripped from the headlines" flick to one of depth.
Bonus extras include deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and filmmakers' commentary."
What most other commentaries missed
GatheringTree | 09/08/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)

"**This entire comment is a SPOILER and best not to be read if you have not seen the movie or if you intend to see it.**

Throughout the movie, controversy is raised by lines being drawn between duty, occupation, integrity, and simple human decency. Sometimes these lines are crossed, depending on your point of view. Nonetheless, the viewer is looking for a strong protagonist and antagonist, which is not revealed and this is frustrating.

Most of the reviews I've read have completely misinterpreted the ending. They think it was based on the integrity of journalist confidentiality, the 1st amendment, etc. This may be because the entire movie, indeed, seemed to be about these things. All the way up to a very moving supreme court speech. So stirring that it might even persuade some viewers who were against the jailed reporter to turn to her side. It is, however, the misunderstanding of the astonishing ending which leaves viewers with a feeling of absurdity and a incorrect overall conclusion upon which many commentaries are based.

In fact, the ending made it quite clear what was going on the entire time. It also brought out who the antagonist was hands down. The movie portrays what happens when an irresponsible opportunistic journalist, in a highly responsible position, stumbles into two sources (the main source is an elementary school girl, who is the daughter of the woman she is going to expose; and a drunken high official semi-corroborator who agrees to go on record). This hand dealt to her tempts her to write a story of Pulitzer caliber.

The journalist arrogantly believes that she is untouchable if her story goes to press and sloughs off the warnings of the in-house advisor. Her INITIAL resolve to protect her little girl source is boosted by a highly-reputable lawyer who assures her things won't get that bad; and, a sense of glory-seeking attitude. When things don't work out that way, a mother/CIA operative is murdered, families are broken up, national spotlights are in place, and Pulitzer nominations are given. (And, here is where other commentaries have missed it). Her FINAL resolve to protect her source, however, is quite different. At this point, revealing her true source would actually bring great ridicule and humiliation to this journalist. She even lies about the life-long consequences to her source (a child) should she be exposed.

In the end, things have gotten so bad for the, now criminalized, journalist that the consequences of revealing her young naïve source, who would never have been prosecuted in the first place, pales by comparison to the alternative of years of imprisonment. She buckles and gives in. The resulting national ridicule on this person is left to your imagination.

The ending of the movie is someone analogous to the feelings that the students, parents, and teachers end up with in the movie, "The World's Greatest Dad", starring Robin Williams. This is not a spoiler because I am referring to the fictitious players in the movie. The viewers already know the real story. Nevertheless, both movies leave you with a huge pointless feeling.

This really was a great movie and well played, especially by Matt Damon and the Antagonist, who really come across a bit callous. But, I am only giving it 2 stars because, like "Groundhog Day," another all-time great movie, it was not written well enough for most people to "get it."