Sony Pictures Classics has released the first Truth trailer. The directorial debut of screenwriter James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) goes into CBS News’ investigation into George W. Bush’s war record and whether or not he went AWOL during his time in the National Guard. However, the story blew up when producer Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) and anchorman Dan Rather (Robert Redford) were accused of sloppy journalism and were ultimately thrown under the bus in the resulting fallout.
I caught Truth at TIFF, and while it’s not a great film (especially when compared to fellow modern journalism film Spotlight), it’s entertaining enough, especially thanks to Blanchett’s tremendous performance as Mapes. Adam didn’t much care for the film, and you can read his full review here.
Check out the Truth trailer and poster below. The film opens in select theaters on October 16th, and also stars Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss, Bruce Greenwood, and Dennis Quaid
Here’s the official synopsis for Truth:
TRUTH is an independent feature film based on the book “Truth and Duty” by Mary Mapes. In the vein of “All The President’s Men” and “The Insider”, it is the incredible true story of Mary Mapes (played by Cate Blanchett), an award-winning CBS News Journalist and Dan Rather’s producer, who broke the Abu-Ghraib prison abuse story, among others.
The film chronicles the story Mapes and Rather (played by Robert Redford) uncovered that a sitting US president may have been AWOL from the United States National Guard for over a year during the Vietnam War. When the story blew up in their face, the ensuing scandal ruined Dan Rather’s career, nearly changed a US Presidential election, and almost took down all of CBS News in the process.