Cast: Cate Blanchette, Robert Redford, Dennis Quaid, Elisabeth Moss, Topher Grace
Director: James Vanderbilt
Length and Rating: 125 min R
During 2004 CBS’s 60 Minutes reported on a story about how it was suspected that former US President George W. Bush had gone AWOL during his time at the Texas Air National Guard. The film, “Truth”, follows Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchette) and the team she assembled to investigate and report on the story.
The news anchor at the time for CSB News was Dan Rathers (Robert Redford), who works closely with Mapes and stands by her while all the investigation around the credibility of the story occurs. CBS, and 60 Minutes, were considered the gold standard at the time for news and were greatly trusted by its viewers.
As the film demonstrates, there were red flags while investigating the story. But whether it was because they were too rushed or under too much pressure by the network heads, they chose to air the segment anyway. It also shows the shift that the investigation of the segment did from the actual content that the story was telling to the validity of the evidence they used to confirm it.
Cate Blanchette does a terrific job as Mapes, show casing what it was like as a woman producer just 10 years ago at a major network. Dan Rathers as an idea was performed brilliantly by Redford, and is helped by the fact that Redford himself is a legend. “Truth” shows how much the audience trusted Rathers at the time, and highlights the relationship that comes from letting news anchors into your household every night. And what happens when that trust is broken.
FAVOURITE QUOTE: “I was there the day they figured out that the evening news could make money.” – Dan Rathers (Robert Redford)