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.

Starring:
Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 17 minutes
Starring Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Angela Bassett, Alan Alda, Vera Farmiga, David Schwimmer, Courtney B. Vance
Director Rod Lurie
Genres Drama, Horror, Thriller
Studio SIGNATURE ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 20 May 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 17 minutes
Starring Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Angela Bassett, Alan Alda, Vera Farmiga, David Schwimmer, Courtney B. Vance
Director Rod Lurie
Genres Drama, Horror, Thriller
Studio SIGNATURE ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 20 May 2013
Main languages English

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paul Hansper-Cowgill on 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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Oct 2009
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 By A Customer on 27 Jan 2011
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 By glam on 20 May 2013
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 By oldbillie on 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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