TRUTH is a biographical political drama film written and directed by James Vanderbilt (screenwriter of Zodiac) in his directorial debut, based on Mary Mapes’ 2005 memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, The President And The Privilege Of Power about the Killian documents controversy. The film stars Cate Blanchett as Mapes and Robert Redford as news anchor Dan Rather. It was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and received generally favorable reviews.
In the vein of “All The President’s Men” and “The Insider,” it is the incredible true story of Mary Mapes, 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 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.