A Dark Truth
A Dark Truth poster
Directed by Damian Lee
Produced by Gary Howsam
Bill Marks
Written by Damian Lee

Andy Garcia
Kim Coates
Deborah Kara Unger
Eva Longoria
Forest Whitaker

Music by Jonathan Goldsmith
Cinematography Bobby Shore
Editing by William Steinkamp
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
Release January 4, 2013
Running time 106 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Gross revenue $5,750

A Dark Truth (also known as The Truth) is a 2012 action thriller film directed and written by Damian Lee, and produced by Gary Howsam and Bill Marks. The film stars Andy Garcia, Kim Coates, Deborah Kara Unger, Eva Longoria and Forest Whitaker. It premiered at the 2012 Boston Film Festival and was released theatrically in the United States on January 4, 2013.


Jack Begosian (Garcia) is an ex-CIA operative who becomes a political talk show host after retiring as a spy. He’s hired by a corporate whistleblower to expose her company’s cover-up of a massacre in an Ecuadorian village.

The movie begins with Forest Whitaker's character (Fransisco) running in the jungle with his family while soldiers are shooting and killing people around them. The scene changes to an office building where Tony Green (Steven Bauer) is speaking to Bruce (Kim Coates) in Clearbac corporate offices telling him that Fransisco had broken into the local offices and stolen their files. As he converses with Bruce, he orders Renaldo (Devon Bostick)a young aide in his office, to hurry. Renaldo and Tony leave the local offices amid gunfire and chaos, but pause when a woman shouts at Renaldo. She is his mother; she is shot and killed by soldiers as Renaldo looks on. Tony shows his corporate ID to the soldiers and pulls Renaldo into his car. As they attempt to leave the city, they stop at a road block and watch soldiers gun down an unarmed man. Renaldo jumps out of the car and escapes the carnage.

The scene changes to Jack Begosian (Andy Garcia) speaking to call-ins on his radio program in Toronto, Canada, discussing his pessimism about the government and his faith in the goodness of humankind. He points out that water is not a commodity to be bought or sold and is questioned about his former service in the CIA.

As Jack drives to his home in the remote Canadian forest, Morgan (Deborah Kara Unger) sits shivering in her tub. Later, she goes to a hospital ribbon cutting ceremony where Renaldo confronts her as she gets into her limo, accusing Clearbac of murder and telling her his message is in the car. He shoots himself. Stunned and traumatized, she listens to a tape he left for her recording the gunshots and screams. He tells her that Fransisco stole papers proving that Clearbac was involved in a typhus outbreak. The scene switches to Fransisco and his family hiding in the jungle as General Aguilla hunts for them. He and his wife, Mia (Eva Longoria)argue briefly about leaving the dead behind. Fransisco kills a soldier who pursues them. Renaldo reports that the soldiers got sick and began to execute everyone. Mia hands Fransisco a gun and takes a rifle, using it shortly after to shoot another pursuing soldier. (Cuts away briefly to Jack explaining to a caller that he quit the CIA because he stopped believing the lies).

At corporate headquarters, Tony and Bruce argue about General Aguilla's murder of civilians and Bruce orders Tony to do damage control and keep the carnage a secret. Morgan questions her brother, Bruce (Kim Coates) about what happened in Ecuador. He tells her that Renaldo was an anti-government reporter and nutcase. She tells him about the tape and asks again about what happened. He dismisses her concerns and tells her to go to lunch and do fund raisers and bad marriages. He tells her to go home. Doug, an assistant, enters the office and tells Bruce that the secret will be kept but that Morgan is a problem.


  • Andy Garcia as Jack Begosian
  • Kim Coates as Bruce Swinton
  • Deborah Kara Unger as Morgan Swinton
  • Eva Longoria as Mia Francis
  • Forest Whitaker as Francisco Francis
  • Devon Bostick as Renaldo
  • Steven Bauer as Tony Green
  • Al Sapienza as Doug Calder
  • Kevin Durand as Tor
  • Lara Daans as Karen Begosian
  • Peter DaCunha as Jason Begosian
  • Drew Davis as Jesus Francis
  • Claudette Lali as Renaldo's mother
  • Arcadia Kendal as Brooke Swinton
  • Jim Calarco as Robert
  • Millie Davis as Saber Francis

External links

Forest Whitaker films

Panic Room (2002)  · Phone Booth (2002)  · The Last Stand (2013)  · The Butler (2013)  · Black Nativity (2013)  · Out of the Furnace (2013)  · Taken 3 (2015)  ·

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