- Memento (2000)
Memento raises questions about the nature of truth. Can we create
our own truths? If we believe something totally, does it become true?
(Darrel Manson, Hollywood
- Boiler Room (2000)
- "You can be anyone you want to be when you sell on
- Snow Falling on Cedars
- This is a mystery, murder and love story folded
together. It deals with forbidden love between a boy who is Caucasian
and a girl who is Japanese just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The
theological themes running through it have to do with honesty, truth,
integrity and honor. Prejudice impacts the solving of the unexplained
death of a fisherman and the Japanese fisherman who is on trial for his
murder. One man uncovers evidence that could mean life or death for the
accused. He wrestles with his conscience and his unresolved feelings for
the woman he still loves. A powerful story! (Sheila Cody)
- The Confession (1999)
- "People who merely tell the truth are understood
to be insane."
- Jakob the Liar (1999)
- Jakob's lies give hope. "Sometimes hope is more
important than food."
- Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
- Alice's confessions to her husband were the truth, but
did not promote intimacy or communication between them.
- Waking Ned Divine
- Ned's community attempts to cover up Ned's death in
order to receive his lottery money.
- The Postman (1997)
The Legend the Postman creates of a re-formed United States (and
President Richard Starkey!) gives the
people hope. (DVD Chapter 22)
- Liar Liar (1997)
- Jim Carrey's character keeps promising his son things
but never comes through, eventually his son makes a wish that his dad
couldn't lie anymore. (Rick Patterson, Olathe KS)
Spitfire Grill (1996)
- A Time to Kill (1996)
- Jake Tyler Brigance: What is it in us that seeks the
truth? Is it our minds or is it our hearts?
- Jerusalem (1996)
- This movie has the aura of an Ingmar Bergman
production, with a series of twists and turns in the plot and
thought-provoking motifs. It is based on the novel by Selma Lagerlof,
and portrays Swedish peasant life around the turn of the 20th Christian
viewers of this movie will likely be interested in the themes of:
mainline versus apocalyptic-sectarian faith, authority and power,
discerning the truth, suffering and sacrifice, love and forgiveness. I
highly recommend Jerusalem because of theological grist for the the mill
that it provides. (The Rev. Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson)
- Courage Under Fire
- I think "Courage Under Fire," the story of
the investigation of a woman officer for the Medal of Honor, would
qualify for this category. The entire movie is a
study in Truth and is an excellent movie to discuss with youth/college
groups in regard to "the truth shall make you free." (Pamela
Thiede, Otterbein, Indiana)
- Dead Man Walking (1995)
- Poncelet finds freedom when he accepts and admits the
truth about his responsibility for the murders.
- Six Degrees of
- Paul gives hope, though it is through his own
dishonesty. "He opened up a whole new world to us. That's all
anyone wants, isn't it?" (DVD ch 20)
- A Few Good Men (1992)
- The colonel feels that he should allow and even
encourage whatever abuse or mistreatment is needed
among the soldiers he commands to ensure that they are obedient and
ready to fight and win at any cost. He believes that The Truth in this
case is what allows ordinary women and men and children to enjoy their
freedom in the US. He views the attorney (played by Cruise) and actually
all of us as naive and innocent as we in the US are kept safe from what
he sees as a savage and brutal world waiting to pounce at any time.
- Red Rock West (1992)
- Michael tries to be honest, and he loses a job because
of it. So, he lies in order to get the next job. He spends the rest of
the movie dealing with the increasingly complex consequences of his
momentary lack of integrity.
- Crimes and
- "And if all your faith is wrong, Saul. What
"Then I'll still have a better life than all of those that
"Are you telling me that you prefer God to the truth?"
"If necessary, I always choose God over truth."
- Yentl (1983)
- Yentl/Anshel: Why is it people who want the truth never
believe it when they hear it?
- Apocalypse Now (1979)
- Willard: "It's a way we had over here with living
with ourselves. We cut 'em in half with a machine gun and give'em a
Band-Aid. It was a lie. And the more I saw them, the more I hated
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