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Vera Farmiga as: Erica Van Doren
Directed by: Rod Lurie
Selected Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Angela Bassett, Alan Alda & David Schwimmer
Written by: Rod Lurie
Release Year: 2008
Genre: Drama / Thriller
MPAA Rating: R

Thinking Pulitzer Prize and hoping to bring down a President, D.C. political columnist Rachel Armstrong writes that the President ignored the findings of a covert CIA operative when ordering air strikes against Venezuela.

Rachel names the agent, Erica Van Doren, a woman whose young daughter is in Rachel’s son’s class at school. The government moves quickly to force Rachel to name her source. She’s jailed for contempt when she refuses. She won’t change her mind, and the days add up.

Chaos descends on Van Doren’s life as well. First Amendment versus national security, marriage and motherhood versus separation. What’s the value of a principle?

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Trivia & Facts

• Filmed in USA (view all.)

• 1 win & 2 nominations (view all.)

• There is a scene in the movie where Erica Van Doren (Vera Farmiga) is given a lie detector test because the CIA suspects that she leaked her own identity. Rod Lurie brought in a real life polygraphist to polygraph her for the scene. He asked her if her name was Erica Van Doren and if she worked for the CIA. After the scene was over the polygraphist called Lurie over to tell him that Farmiga beat the polygraph test because the machine said that she was telling the truth.

• Kate Beckinsale and Vera Farmiga who worked together on this film have both played love interests opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. The films were The Aviator and The Departed, both directed by Martin Scorsese.


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