According to the Internet Movie Database there are 51 films or television episodes entitled “Truth.”
The film, about the 2004 “60 Minutes II” report on then-Pres. George Bush’s military service or lack of it, is an unflattering account of a journalistic humiliation that led to the resignation of anchor Dan Rather and also includes an attack on the political motives of CBS’ corporate parent Viacom.
CBS has refused to air commercials for the film, which opens here Friday.
It stars Robert Redford as Rather, but Cate Blanchett is the motor of the piece as the report’s producer Mary Mapes. It is based on Mapes book and aspires to be a broadcast “All the President’s Men.”
The film by first time director James Vanderbilit, is an often pious story of getting something wrong despite doing what seem to be the right things, that accelerates dramatically as the story unravels.
But like the internal investigation into Mapes’ mistakes conducted by the network the film is about the process of looking at what they did rather than about whether the allegations were true or not.
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