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Nothing but the Truth (2008)

Elevator Pitch.

A reporter working for a Washington newspaper,  breaks a story about a covert operation in Venezuela involving, to an extent, a female CIA operative who happens to have a daughter who is a member of the same soccer group as the reporter’s son; she is therefore able to confront the CIA agent, but is told to F off. The article is published and in return the authorities arrest the reporter and demand that she reveals her source; she refuses and is imprisoned. Will her legal aide get her released; how long will she be in jail; and what will be the effect on her family?


A lot of time is spent in court, in the judge’s chambers and meetings with the prosecutor and in the Supreme Court, and in prison. Also just a few scenes in the newspaper offices and in the reporter’s home, as well as that of the CIA agent, and of course at the gatherings where children play soccer. There is one sex scene, intentionally not at all sexy, and a couple of moments of violence which are quite shocking. Nothing else to offend.

A View This film was well liked by the critics despite the fact that it received a limited release and thereafter went straight to video. The actors are considered to have done an extremely good job, Alan Alda’s speech to the Supreme Court being worthy of Boston Legal. But if I’m honest it was a bit heavy for me, due to the subject matter, being completely lacking in humour, but now that you know what it’s about, you could watch it while doing your knitting.
Duration 1h 48m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story Inspired by real events (although it does not say so)
Director Rod Lurie
Writers/Script Rod Lurie
Starring Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Angela Bassett, Alan Alda, Vera Farmiga, David Schwimmer, Noah Wylie
Additional Info The film is inspired by the case of Judith Miller, a New York Times reporter who served 85 days in prison for refusing to name her source after Vice President Cheney’s top aide blew the cover of a CIA agent in order to discredit the agent’s husband.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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