Sequoia 2 Fri, Oct 16, 2015 9:00 PM
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:121 min
Director:James Vanderbilt
Producer:Brad Fischer
Doug Mankoff
William Sherak
Screenwriter:James Vanderbilt
Cinematographer:Mandy Walker
Editor:Richard Francis-Bruce
Cast:Robert Redford
Cate Blanchett
Topher Grace
Dennis Quaid
Elisabeth Moss
Print Source:Sony Pictures Classics


Based on Mary Mapes’ book Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power, Truth recounts the television news scandal that cost the award-winning producer her job at CBS and quite possibly aided President George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection. Two months before that election, Mapes (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett) and legendary journalist Dan Rather (Robert Redford) air a segment on 60 Minutes alleging that the 43rd President of the United Stated received special treatment that allowed him to successfully dodge the Vietnam War drafta claim that is met with questions of authenticity and suspicion of political bias. This riveting drama reveals what went on behind the scenes of a report that was a game changer in ways neither Mapes nor Rather could have anticipated. Co-starring Dennis Quaid, Elisabeth Moss, and Topher Grace, Truth is the directorial debut of screenwriter James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man).

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James Vanderbilt has been pushing words around a page professionally ever since he graduated from the University of Southern California’s Filmic Writing Program. A native of Norwalk, CT, he sold his first screenplay 48 hours before graduating. It was promptly not made. He has written and produced numerous films, including Zodiac, which was nominated for a Writer’s Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and a USC Scripter Award, and White House Down, which was not. His writing credits also include The Amazing Spider-Man films, The Rundown, and The Losers. He is a founding member of Mythology Entertainment, a company dedicated to story-driven entertainment and content. Truth is his directorial debut.