Alda concludes with these words: "With great people, there is no difference between principle and the person."  It's an arresting and powerful speech (the film is worth the watch for this alone) which illustrates the high cost of integrity.  It should makes you think about the slow dismantling of the newspaper industry taking place around the country.  Sure, the Internet is fine for big news.  But who else except journalists will really attend all those city council meetings, county council meetings and school board meetings then report what happened?  Who else is going to hold the government and the politicians accountable, using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Freedom of the Press (1st Amendment to the Constitution)?  No matter how you may feel about the press, without newspapers—the only form of journalism with both the time and the space to report in-depth—there is no accountability at all.

Toward the end of the film, DuBois says, in defense of himself, "I had every right to do what I did."  Armstrong replies, "I think you're confusing your rights with your power."  It's a thought that everyone should consider, when contemplating the nature and the role of government.  And it's framed in a fabulous film.

DVD EXTRAS:

  • Commentary with writer/director Rod Lurie and producer Marc Frydman
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Previews
  • "The Truth Hurts:"   The Making of Nothing But the Truth

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Mild social drinking and the occasional cigarette.
  • Language/Profanity:  A few profanities and/or obscenities, some of which are very strong.
  • Sex/Nudity:  Brief sex scene (fully clothed) between married partners; various discussions of adultery.
  • Violence:   One scene in which a character is murdered (offscreen); another where female character is brutally battered; characters argue harshly.