Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer (2011) HD

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James Dirschberger
politics, documentary, corruption

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 a 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. It 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.

To purchase the director's cut of this film, visit DwyerMovie.com

"Honest Man builds its case meticulously, bringing to mind Errol Morris' best work. An overpowering achievement."
Kurt Dahlke - DVDTalk.com

"Poignant moments abound... an incredibly riveting documentary."
Clinton Stark - The Stark Insider

"It is a fitting tribute to a man who deserves better than the legacy that has been built around him. Watch it, and change your mind."
J.Hurtado - TwitchFilm.com

The Filmmakers

James Dirschberger - Director/Producer - EightyFourFilms.com
James Dirschberger is originally from Buffalo, NY, a few short hours north of Budd Dwyer's hometown of Meadville. Dirschberger moved to San Francisco in 2002 to pursue filmmaking. Since then, he has teamed up with numerous Bay Area artists to create successful collaborative animations, music videos, short films and documentaries, eventually making a move to Los Angeles in early 2011. His films have screened around the world and have accumulated over one million views online. He is currently developing an animated series for television. HONEST MAN is his first feature film, developed by his production company, Eighty Four Films.

Matt Levie - Producer/Editor
Matt Levie has been a professional editor for almost twenty years. He has been lucky enough, in his career, to cut a wide variety of films, including feature films like "The Guatemala Incident" and "Sleep Furiously," and documentaries such as "97 Orchard Street" and "Curandero." He has taught editing at the Academy of Art University, Stanford University, the Bay Area Video Coalition and the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Levie has studied with Ralph Rosenblum (Woody Allen's first editor) at the Film and Television Workshops in Rockport, Maine, and holds a master's degree in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research in New York.


James Dirschberger

  • At 18:24 on 30 Jan 2012

    Honest Man builds its case meticulously, bringing to mind Errol Morris' best work. An overpowering achievement.

  • At 18:25 on 30 Jan 2012

    Poignant moments abound... an incredibly riveting documentary.

  • At 18:26 on 30 Jan 2012

    It is a fitting tribute to a man who deserves better than the legacy that has been built around him. Watch it, and change your mind.


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on October 03, 2012 at 11:57am

a fascinating documentary very powerful


on July 14, 2012 at 2:31am

Sad story... heart-breaking... Even worse since it was a real event.


on April 18, 2012 at 2:48am

@EDSZR This version is the edited cut used for television and bit torrent. The full 76 min version is available only on DVD/VOD, which is available through Amazon.com or DwyerMovie.com. The DVD has extras as well.


on March 08, 2012 at 11:43pm

IMDB says this film is 76 mins long, but the torrent DL is only 56 mins...Is the film here not the full version?


on February 14, 2012 at 5:41pm

Those posters are rad. I'm getting the Porous Walker one.


on February 09, 2012 at 9:29pm

Great film. Very interesting look into the life of the man and the events leading to his breaking point.


on February 03, 2012 at 11:04pm

Have subtitles, to translate to brazilian portguese.



on February 03, 2012 at 1:29pm

The uTorrent download has been checked and should work fine in VLC, it is just standard H.264/AAC. Please make sure the download is complete and if it still doesn't work you can try the Xvid version using the download link above.


on February 03, 2012 at 1:28pm

Very well done. I remember this happening years ago. I'm glad I now know the whole story. Thanks.


on February 03, 2012 at 7:49am

I'd like to see the movie, but I don't want to download a bad file again. Could someone upload a working video file which uses a common and proven encoding?


on February 03, 2012 at 7:43am

This torrent was suggested when i installed microtorrent, but when i downloaded it, the audio works in vlc but the video is mostly gray screen with a single frame thrown in here and there. file extension is mkv.


on February 01, 2012 at 7:23pm

subtitles for this release anywhere?


on February 01, 2012 at 2:28pm

Good documentary, very interesting and quite moving.


on February 01, 2012 at 7:27am

Good Doc thanks


on February 01, 2012 at 6:04am

Fresh.. Great work.


on January 31, 2012 at 8:41pm

Excellent movie. Nice work.

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