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Nothing But The Truth - Kate Beckinsale [DVD] [2008]

Kate Beckinsale , Matt Dillon , Rod Lurie    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Vera Farmiga, Alan Alda, David Schwimmer
  • Directors: Rod Lurie
  • Format: PAL, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Czech
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TVELQG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,463 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Brand New & Factory Sealed. Region 2 PAL (UK & Europe). IMPORTANT: This is the official Czech release. The front cover is exactly as pictured and the back cover has Czech text. The film itself has optional Czech sound & subtitles on/off. ORIGINAL ENGLISH SOUNDTRACK - GUARANTEED > > > > > Inspired by real-life political events, director Rod Lurie (The Contender) once again delves into issues of power and gender with "Nothing But The Truth", an taut thriller about the right to a free press and the price of principles... As the film opens, the U.S. President has survived an assassination attempt. Believing that the leader of Venezuela was behind the plot, the U.S. launches a military attack against the country. In Washington, D.C., reporter Rachel Armstrong (Kate Beckinsale) has revealed that Erica Van Doren (Vera Farmiga), the wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela, is a C.I.A. operative who found no proof of a plot. Armstrong quickly finds herself contending with both Van Doren and special prosecutor Patton DuBois (Matt Dillon), hell-bent on discovering Armstrong's source. When she refuses to reveal her source, Armstrong is jailed for contempt of court. In the troubled year that follows both women will confront the harsh realities of life during wartime, including the questioning of their patriotism and even threats to their lives. As a Supreme Court hearing draws near, and with her family cracking under the strain, Armstrong must decide whether her individual needs trump the importance of civil liberties ... Lurie ably balances the personal struggles with the political machinations, while Beckinsale and Farmiga compellingly convey each woman's strength of conviction. The result is a challenging, chillingly relevant cautionary tale about truth and consequences...

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, star-studded political thriller. 21 Jun 2013
Format:DVD
I thought this was an intelligent, well crafted film. The stellar cast and the tight direction complement each other. Beckinsale is outstanding but, to be fair, it is a great ensemble piece too. In my opinion, it is a very under-rated movie. The 'twist' at the end is brilliant and I, for one, never saw it coming. Watch the beginning very carefully!
Highly recommended.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The men are real scum in this one. David Schwimmer gets to play a guy who basically gives up on his heroic wife while Matt Dillon gets to play a blood-thirsty prosecutor bent on furthering his career whatever the human cost. Even Alan Alda (minus a fine little speech before the Supreme Court) gets to basically fail in defending his client.

His client is Rachel Armstrong (Kate Beckinsale) a journalist who finds herself in contempt of court for not revealing her source for a story on the outing of a CIA agent. (Shades of the Judith Miller/Valerie Plame Wilson case.) Here instead of the Iraq war we have an assignation attempt on the President supposedly by somebody in Venezuela after which the US takes some military action. Rachel ends up in jail and we get to see her suffer all the deprivations of being jail, getting beaten up, estranged from her son and her husband, who betrays her. She is doing all this to protect a source, and a kind of journalistic honor code. David Swimmer's character isn't interested in journalist honor codes. He is displeased that she cares more about protecting her source than in being with him and her son.

Clearly this is a Belt Way story told as a woman's POV flick. It is engaging and it moves right along. It is sharp, just a tad short of slick. We cannot help but identify with Kate Beckinsale's character. And when we find out at the very, very end whom she is protecting we understand. It is a nice twist, one of the cleverest I've seen in movies in quite a while. The end is just perfect.

I was about to write that "every soccer mom and indeed every mom will identify with Kate Beckinsale's character" but actually not all of them will. But when they see the ending they might change their mind.

See this for the clever twist, for the sharp direction and editing and for a fine performance by Kate Beckinsale.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Director Lurie delivers the goods! 27 Jan 2011
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Director and Screenwriter Rod Lurie really came up trumps with "Nothing but the Truth" a feature about a reporter Rachel Armstrong(Kate Beckinsale)who reports the name of a CIA agent Erica Van Doren(Vera Farmiga)in her newspaper story when the US President retalliates after an assassination attempt on his life by Venezuelan terrorists and orders a strike back, ignoring information from Van Doren.Armstrong is questioned by Prosecuting Counsel Patton Dubois(Matt Dillon) to reveal her source but reuses and is jailed.Initially she copes, has the support of her newspaper, the interested public,friends and her husband and young child which give her strength.She is also supported by a lawyer from the newspaper,played by Noah Wyle(ER's Dr.Carter)then another Alan Burnside(Alan Alda) who promises her she will NOT be jailed, he knows the judge at her next hearing who is a friend and is "on my Christmas card list"?
Obviously the judge doesn't know because he ignores Burnsides pleas and this sends her life in a downward spiral.
Very well acted with especially strong performances from Kate Beckinsale and Vera Farmiga and Matt Dillon and David Schwimmer making you hate them for what they are doing, so they are extremely convincing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Political Thriller 20 May 2013
By glam
Format:DVD
Well acted, great plot. Unlike some comments, I didn't think the ending was a let down. I didn't see it coming but maybe that says more about me... Love genre of movie, Hollywood need to make more. All the cast were really strong. It's quite a poignant tale for these times were journalists seem to have anything but morals.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A straight to DVD flick... 22 May 2013
Format:DVD
... that's actually pretty good. Kate Beckinsale is back where she belongs, portraying a strong-willed woman who's willing to sacrifice all for a principle. (Makes you wonder why she wasted QUITE so many years in leather trousers running after werewolves.) Matt Dillon equally good as her nemesis, the prosecutor who gets her sent to jail for refusing to reveal a source. And Vera Farmiga is excellent as the CIA operative whose cover is blown by Beckinsale in a scoop.

Okay, some it feels a bit like a telemovie. But it's powerful stuff, and the issues surrounding journalistic responsibility are intelligently discussed. A lot of reviewers, both professionals and amazons, see the film as a straightforward defence of journalistic freedom against government strong-arming. Actually, I think it's a bit more nuanced than that. Our sympathies are always with Beckinsale, but the film at least raises the question of whether journalists SHOULD be allowed to protect traitors and criminals -- and why? And while Matt Dillon is plainly the antagonist, his performance is so good that some of the time he actually convinces us that right is on his side.

James Caan was in the papers today, moaning about the state of modern Hollywood with its endless franchises, and wishing that films were more like they were in his day. NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH would cheer him up, because it's exactly like one of those intelligent 1970s films. For some reason it has just been re-released on DVD, five years after it was made (but never distributed). Hopefully it'll now get the exposure it deserves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good acting, solid story line.
Published 16 days ago by david foenander
4.0 out of 5 stars A thriller that doesn’t need the ‘thrills’
Most – supposed – ‘thrillers’ tend to rely on high-octane stuff to try and keep their audiences on the edge of their seats. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Albatross
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Twist at the End !
Keeps you hooked right until the end , then for those of you that like twists , a superb one in the closing scenes. Highly recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by Roger Nixon
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching
We did wonder where this was going, but then things began to fall into place. A good one to watch!
Published 4 months ago by Lois Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great movie with the best acctress!! Nice ending, and great play by David "The friend" (with the awful surname). Great!
Published 5 months ago by Antoan Tennev
5.0 out of 5 stars very good film
very good quality digital copy I am very pleased would recommend this film I watched this film again and would do it all over again
marvellous best film ever
Published 5 months ago by maria nicholls
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest guy
I enjoyed the film and while I had some suspicion around the ending still found it very worthwhile. It is true though too many people love power.
Published 7 months ago by chunkydunky
5.0 out of 5 stars True Drama
Nothing But The Truth is a thought provoking movie, beautifully acted, centring on aspects of justice, transparency, and relationships. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lois
1.0 out of 5 stars Good acting and good film spoiled by a ridiculous ending.
A well acted film about a female newspaper reporter who won't reveal the source of her information that leads to the "outing" of a CIA agent and then suffers severe retaliation... Read more
Published 11 months ago by David H J Ashdown
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing But The Truth Blue Ray
I found this Film very in interesting the plot kept me guessing until the end this was a good Film
Published 11 months ago by Country Girl
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