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Nothing But the Truth Details


A tense political drama ripped straight from the headlines, Rod Lurie's Nothing But the Truth tells the tale of a Washington, D.C. reporter who is targeted by the government after refusing to reveal her source for a story that identified an undercover CIA operative. Rachel Armstrong (Kate Beckinsale) is an ambitious young reporter working at the Capitol Sun-Times, one of Washington, D.C.'s biggest newspapers. When the paper published Rachel's incendiary story revealing the identity of covert CIA agent Erica Van Doren (Vera Farmiga), charismatic special prosecutor Patton Dubois (Matt Dillon) demands that she reveal her source for the story. With the support of her husband, Ray (David Schwimmer); her editor, Bonnie (Angela Bassett); and the paper's in-house attorney, Avril (Noah Wyle), Rachel defies Patton's request and all hell breaks loose. When Rachel likewise refuses to reveal her source even to U.S. District Court Judge Hall (Floyd Adams), she is cited with contempt of court and thrown in the D.C. Detention Center until she decides to cooperate. As Rachel's attorney, Albert Burnside (Alan Alda), argues her case all the way to the Supreme Court, the public begins to question why the embattled reporter would sacrifice both her family and her career to maintain her journalistic integrity. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:September 17, 2008


Awarded by
Broadcast Film Critics Association Kate Beckinsale Best Actress 2008 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Vera Farmiga Best Supporting Actress 2008 Nominee


Kate Beckinsale
as Rachel Armstrong
Matt Dillon
as Patton Dubois
Angela Bassett
as Bonnie Benjamin
Alan Alda
as Albert Burnside
Vera Farmiga
as Erica Van Doren
David Schwimmer
as Ray Armstrong
Courtney B. Vance
as Agent O'Hara
Noah Wyle
as Avril Aaronson
Floyd Abrams
as Judge Hall
Preston Bailey
as Timmy Armstrong
Kristen Bough
as Allison Van Doren
Julie Ann Emery
as Agent Boyd
Robert Harvey
as Warden
Michael O'Neill
as CIA Director
Kristen Shaw
as Angel
Angelica Torn
as Molly Meyers


Rod Lurie
Rod Lurie
Marc Frydman
Bob Yari
Rod Lurie
Alik Sakharov
Sarah Boyd
Eloise C. Stammerjohn
Production Designer
Thomas A. Reilly
Art Director
David C. Glasser
Executive Producer
James Spies
Executive Producer
Dennis Brown
Executive Producer
William J. Immerman
Executive Producer
Lynn Falconer
Costume Designer
Jay Meagher
Sound/Sound Designer
Mary Jo Slater
Anna MacKenzie
Supervising Sound Editor