- 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: 102.00 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B003TVELQG
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 412,406 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Nothing But The Truth - Kate Beckinsale [DVD] 
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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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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.
Although a work of fiction this does highlight the conflict between maintaining the need for security against freedom of the press and protection of sources, extremely well. It also shows the duplicitous nature of such events and the impact it can have on family and friends. Matt Dillon plays the part of the friendly –but ruthless, special Federal prosecutor Patton Dubois superbly and Alan Alda is well cast as the defence.
The single disc opens to two trailers before offering play, scene selection, special features [deleted scenes, directors commentary, behind the scenes] and set-up [2.0 default or 5.1]. As a 15 rating this does contain strong language [including the C word] but no nudity, although there is some violence. Sure, it has some flaws and clichés, but it remains an engrossing tale of principles, trust, loyalty, rights and power. The reveal at the end is brilliant, although the clues were all in place if you listened to the clever dialogue. Well worth a watch if you want a thought provoking drama, rather than simply action.
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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Better than I expected.Well written drama with good acting.Published 2 months ago by Nice_Lieutenant
Well I'm sure I watched it but can't remember any of it now, so I guess nuff said.Published 10 months ago by tigger