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Newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush's military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes their careers.


James Vanderbilt


James Vanderbilt (screenplay), Mary Mapes (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cate Blanchett ... Mary Mapes
Robert Redford ... Dan Rather
Topher Grace ... Mike Smith
Dennis Quaid ... Lt. Col. Roger Charles
Elisabeth Moss ... Lucy Scott
Bruce Greenwood ... Andrew Heyward
Stacy Keach ... Lt. Col. Bill Burkett
John Benjamin Hickey ... Mark Wrolstad
David Lyons ... Josh Howard
Dermot Mulroney ... Lawrence Lanpher
Rachael Blake ... Betsy West
Andrew McFarlane ... Dick Hibey
Natalie Saleeba ... Mary Murphy
Noni Hazlehurst ... Nicki Burkett
Connor Burke Connor Burke ... Robert Mapes


The story of The Killian Documents controversy (a.k.a. "Rathergate") in the days leading up to the 2004 presidential election. When veteran newscaster Dan Rather and CBS News head Mary Mapes choose to air a segment on 60 Minutes exposing how President Bush avoided being drafted to Vietnam through his father's political advantages, the resulting fallout ultimately costs them their jobs and reputations. Written by Connor Smith

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When Truth becomes your downfall.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a brief nude photo | See all certifications »

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Australia | USA



Release Date:

30 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conspiración y poder See more »


Box Office


$9,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,232, 16 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,541,554, 7 February 2016
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sony acquired the American distribution rights for $6 million which is slightly more than the film's entire box office take. See more »


After Bill Burkett's filmed interview, the 60 Minutes team pass round a bag of Lay's potato chips. Throughout the scene this changes position; sometimes it's shown facing the front, and then suddenly it's facing the other way when the scene is shown from a different angle. See more »


Mike Smith: Hey, I never got to ask you. Why did you get into journalism?
Dan Rather: Curiosity.
Mike Smith: That's it?
Dan Rather: That's everything. Why did you get into?
Mike Smith: You.
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Crazy Credits

William Devane as The voice of Gen. Hodges on the telephone is not listed in the cast. See more »


Featured in Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter: Actresses (2016) See more »


For Sheila
Written by Kenny Werner
Courtesy of Extreme Music
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A lead reporter with "issues" trips over herself, brings down the mighty
13 March 2017 | by dale-51649See all my reviews

The movie is about a reporter played by Cate Blanchett, who uses some really questionable documents as proof for a story she wants to believe, then gets stung by the blogosphere.

Cate is doing a piece about Bush in the National Guard, but proof pivots on some really ghetto looking documents. It doesn't help that the guy providing the them looks like the kind who would run over your foot at Walmart on his rascal scooter, then you would feel too sorry for him to complain because his oxygen tank fell off the cart. The docs sort of look like they were faked by an 8th grader too.

The movie is not so much a historical piece, because it is so biased toward Dan Rather and Blanchett's characters. It is more of a feminist statement gone haywire.. It would be like if Blanchett entered a teen bikini contest to protest it's objectifying women, then was aghast when she didn't win. No matter the crowd ran out screaming, she entered to make a point, damn it, and you had better look!!! "OK, OK, maybe I can't prove the story, but I just know it's true!!!!!"

The reporter is the type Blanchett was was born to play. Big , bossy, brutish bitchy and blonde, she not so much works but more elbows her way thru the film . In addition she has all the props- wimpy house hubby, special needs type son (only ONE kid, natch), bad knock off of a Tudor house and sensible shoes--YIKES! It's no wonder she got fired, I kept worrying she was gonna get murdered. She has issues, MAJORLY, and they are of the deep rooted Daddy variety. She wasn't gonna ever end up on a stripper pole ( for obvious reasons), so instead she goes out hunting for revenge, but instead of her bod uses a pen, with mixed results.

I remember when Dan Rather got his first mega media star contract, decades ago but well into seven figures. In the film, they ask him why he went into "journalism". He should have answered "you call this journalism"? but instead quipped "curisosity"......yea, right.

? Remember that line from the film " Broadcast News", when the guy asked his father "what can you do if all you can do is look good?" A square jaw and veneer job can sure come in handy. hey Danny?

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