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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.
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.
How you're doing, Dan?
Dan Rather: I'm stepping down as anchor.
Mary Mapes: When?
Dan Rather: After inauguration.
Mary Mapes: Oh Dan...
Dan Rather: You didn't cause this, Mary.
Mary Mapes: Well, you're a shitty liar, you know that? Why didn't you ask me? Cos God knows everbody else did when the shit hit the fan. Why ...
Dan Rather: ...
The movie timeline shows June 2004 and Mary Mapes is meeting with Josh Howard and Mary Murphy. She describes Bill White as a "business man" in Houston. Bill White was the MAYOR of Houston. (as of January 2004.)
William Devane as The voice of Gen. Hodges on the telephone is not listed in the cast.
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