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Honest Man: the Life of R. Budd Dwyer is a film about politics and corruption, suicide and survival. Four years in the making, it explores the scandal that led an honest, hard-working man to take his own life.
This independently produced feature-length documentary follows Budd Dwyer, a Pennsylvania politician who infamously committed suicide at a televised press conference. The film chronicles Dwyer's meteoric rise to political power and examines the bribery scandal and subsequent trial that pushed him to his breaking point. Honest Man also delves into the controversy and consequences of the uncensored airing of Dwyer's death on television stations worldwide.
Honest Man reveals a story that has remained untold for over 24 years. The film features exclusive new interviews, including William Smith, the man whose testimony convicted Dwyer, and Dwyer's widow Joanne--her last interview before her death in 2009.
Was Dwyer venal, or a victim? Did he kill himself because he couldn't live with being guilty, or because he couldn't live with being innocent? Honest Man allows audiences to judge for themselves.
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This is the sad story of R. Budd Dwyer, the former state treasurer of Pennsylvania who is best known for his infamous on-air suicide. Although R. Read morePublished 13 days ago by PaisleyPrincess
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I want to thank the director for making this film. I first heard about Bob Dwyer from a video named "pictures taken before death". Read more
A well-made documentary that stops just short of being truly compelling, Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer still succeeds in its goals of humanizing a now-infamous man and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeremy Thomas
I am convinced this man was wrongfully convicted by the corrupt political machine in PA and what a tragedy. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cara L. Alexander
A shocking story about the American in-justice system.
Great documentary style film of the life and violent death of a man victimized by the justice system.
His on-air suicide is famous, but not many know much else about R. Budd Dwyer. This documentary frames the story with firsthand accounts. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Katharos