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The movie was shot in Australia at Cate Blanchett's request, as she wanted to be close to her family while filming.
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Toward the end of the film, when Mary Mapes is talking on the phone to Dan Rather, she is leaning against a bookcase in her home. On the shelf, you can see the autobiography of legendary Washington Post editor Benjamin C. Bradlee, called "A Good Life". Bradlee was editor when the Post exposed the Watergate scandal. As in this movie, he had to manage a media disaster when it was discovered that Post writer Janet Cooke fabricated a story about a young drug addict, which won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize. Once the truth came out, the Post returned the prize.
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The film starts off quite colorfully but as Mary Mapes finds herself in a more compromising position, the color gradually drains away. Cate Blanchett is also filmed more in center frame to emphasize the walls closing in on Mapes.
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Mary Mapes was initially not interested in having her story made into a movie. It required James Vanderbilt, his wife and a delegation of his producers to go visit her in her home in Texas to persuade her otherwise.
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The film is based on Mary Mapes' 2005 memoir "Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power".
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Actors are only allowed to submit one lead performance if they are going for an Academy Award nomination for a leading role. Cate Blanchett opted to have her performance in Carol (2015) submitted for consideration instead of her equally well-received performance as Mary Mapes in this film. It proved to be the wiser choice, given Truth (2015)'s disastrous box-office performance.
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Dan Rather praised the film for its accurate portrayal of television news. He particularly liked Robert Redford's portrayal of him as Redford didn't attempt an impersonation.
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Shot over eight weeks.
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The film had been in development since 2007.
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Robert Redford already knew Dan Rather and called him up beforehand to tell him that he was going to play him in the movie. Rather was very honored.
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Before filming began, James Vanderbilt sat with his Australian director of photography Mandy Walker and screened some classic movies that involve a lot of talking heads. All the President's Men (1976), Margin Call (2011) and Michael Clayton (2007) were all on the list.
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Sony acquired the American distribution rights for $6 million which is slightly more than the film's entire box office take.
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Robert Redford also portrayed another actual journalist, Bob Woodward, in All the President's Men (1976) and another TV journalist, with the fictional character of Warren Justice, in Up Close & Personal (1996).
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Directorial debut of James Vanderbilt.
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The restaurant scene in Truth was shot in a South African chain restaurant called Spur that specialize in Burgers, Meat and mexican dishes, with a Native American theme. The particular restaurant is in Sydney, however.
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In the scene toward the end of the movie where Mary Mapes is taking to Dan Rather on the phone, a book titled "Katherine Hepburn" can be seen on the shelf behind her. Cate Blanchett played Hepburn in The Aviator (2004).
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This is the third collaboration between Dennis Quaid and Topher Grace, who previously appeared together in Traffic (2000) (though they shared no scenes together) and In Good Company (2004).
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Andrew Heyward (Bruce Greenwood) notes that Dan Rather (Robert Redford) was the first to report on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Greenwood himself played Kennedy in Thirteen Days (2000).
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

CBS, the US television network that fired its investigative journalist Mary Mapes (played by Cate Blanchett) over the scandal depicted in this film, refused to air ads for this movie. Its reasoning was that the movie's take on the real-life scandal does disservice to the truth, to the public and to journalists. On the other hand, Dan Rather (played by Robert Redford), who also had to leave CBS after the scandal, claims that the movie is a very accurate depiction of these true events.
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