Sony Pictures Classics is giving an Oct. 16 awards-season release to the Cate Blanchett-Robert Redford drama “Truth,” centered on the Dan Rather scandal.

It will launch in New York and Los Angeles with a nationwide expansion to follow. James Vanderbilt’s directorial debut also stars Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss and Dennis Quaid.

The film is based on the Mary Mapes book “Truth and Duty,” and Blanchett plays Mapes, a CBS News journalist and Rather’s producer.

“Truth” follows Mapes and Rather as they uncover allegations that George W. Bush may have been AWOL from the U.S. National Guard for over a year during the Vietnam War. Four documents were presented as authentic in a “60 Minutes” broadcast aired by CBS on Sept. 8, 2004, less than two months before the 2004 election, but it was later determined that CBS had failed to authenticate the documents.

The ensuing scandal ruined Rather’s career — he stepped down six months later — and caused profound changes at CBS News. The network fired Mapes, several senior news executives were asked to resign, and CBS apologized to viewers. [Source]

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