Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer (2010)


“In my trial, I testified, I think I testified that I didn’t offer him the money. But in fact, I did.” – William Smith

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Oct 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the life and death of a Pennsylvanian politician who committed suicide during a live press conference in 1987.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and knew very little about.

the premise intrigued me and I was quite curious to see how this film would play out the story.

The interviews given here are quite in depth with family, friends and co-workers of a man who was known as being the most honest and upright politician of his day.

The insight that these interviews give the viewer are amazing because it allows the unfamiliar to get a more personal perceptive on this whole story.

The term that politics corrupts can be seen in two ways while viewing this documentary and that adds so much to the ambiguity of everything that transpired on that fateful January day 34 years ago.

The memories of this politician are so pure and simple and that helps add to the mystery of everything that is explained here.

The fact that they were able to get an interview with the man who supposedly gave the bribe is astounding especially given the fact that he never agreed to be filmed  either before or after this movie was made.

This movie shows how nothing li politics (or life for that matter) is simply black or white and there must be a lot of digging that needs to be done in order to really find the truth even after more than 3 decades.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was the only on camera interview William Smith ever gave. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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