The new trailer for Sony Pictures Classics’ Truth teases out a great intro for the tragic journalist tale of legacy CBS newsman Dan Rather.
60 Minutes freelance researcher Mike Smith, (Topher Grace) asks senior journo Rather (Robert Redford): “Why did you get into journalism?”
“Curiosity,” Rather responds, then asking, “Why did you go into journalism?” Smith answers pointedly: “You.”
The film is based on 60 Minutes II producer Mary Mapes’ memoir Truth And Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power, which recounts the dilemma when her news segment about President George W. Bush’s alleged draft dodging during the Vietnam War blew up in her face after the documents her team obtained in the investigation were questioned over their authenticity. The segment not only cost Mapes and three producers their jobs, but it knocked Rather from his tenure with CBS News, where he had worked since 1962, reporting from war zones in Vietnam and elsewhere before rising to the anchor desk in 1981. Rather gave his full endorsement of Truth after a recent Toronto Film Festival premiere where he choked up. A source tells Deadline that Rather will be involved in some awards-season events based in New York as Truth makes its push this fall.
Truth together with Tom McCarthy’s Boston Globe vs. the Boston Archdiocese film Spotlight, are part of a recent renaissance of gritty newsroom dramas on the big screen whereby crusading journalists face off against the establishment, the likes of which we haven’t seen since Network and All The President’s Men. Sony Classics opens Truth on October 16.