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Rated R · 121 minutes · 2015

A presold White Elephant pic extraordinaire, but one with a smart script and high-caliber actorly firepower. Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford star as CBS News producer Mary Mapes and network anchor Dan Rather, caught in the gears of White House power and their corporate masters’ chicken-heartedness after airing a 60 Minutes report, in the elction year of 2004, suggesting that President George W. Bush shirked his military duty during the Vietnam war. Blanchett’s Mapes brings home the honors as the scapegoated Mapes, but her ordeal-- she and Rather were fired and blackballed; Mapes for life, evidently – transfers a little too literally to the audience. It’s hard to sit in a theater seat, watching the two newshounds get steamrollered, and call it entertainment, even for hardened news junkies. We come away feeling dismal and defeated, despite the authority of the production. Director James Vanderbilt adapted the screenplay from Mapes’ book. With Dennis Quaid, Elisabeth Moss, Stacy Keach and Dermot Mulroney (121 min.).
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Director: James Vanderbilt
Producer: Bradley Fischer, William Sherak, James Vanderbilt, Brett Ratner, Doug Mankoff, Andrew Spaulding, Mikkel Bondesen, James Packer, Neil Tabatznik, Steven Silver and Antonia Barnard
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss, Bruce Greenwood, Stacy Keach, John Hickey, Dermot Mulroney, Dennis Quaid, Rachael Blake and David Lyons



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