presents the exclusive area screening...
A timely, important film about the
evolution of broadcast news
seen through the career of the
hard-hitting, fearless journalist
who spoke truth to power.
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
As Dick Cavett (and others) have observed, "Mike Wallace is here" are four words no crooked politician or disreputable businessperson wanted to hear. As a cornerstone of 60 MINUTES, the nation's most watched news program, Wallace earned a reputation as a hard-hitting, fearless journalist who spoke truth to power. The new documentary MIKE WALLACE IS HERE offers an unflinching look at the legendary reporter, who interrogated the 20th century's biggest newsmakers during more than fifty years on the air.
Unearthing decades of never-before-seen footage from the 60 Minutes vault, the film explores what drove and plagued Wallace. He approached every interview with knowledge and passion, which director Avi Belkin captured and distilled into a riveting 90 minutes. He was a "tough as nails" reporter who had no fear when it came to going after the truth – aggressive, exciting and impressive.
Wallace asked the questions no one else had the guts to ask of such uncooperative celebrities including Bette Davis, and Barbara Streisand (who called him an SOB), political leaders, like Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcom X, Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy, John McCain, Donald Trump, Richard Nixon and
There is also footage of him going up against Vladimir Putin and Ayatollah Khomeini under nerve-wracking conditions and circumstances. As the tension mounts, it's fascinating to watch him take his interrogation to the limit – he knew what to do and how far he could go.
Wallace's weekly investigative reporting wasn't limited to interviews of the famous. He exposed grifters, scam artists, minor bureaucrats and organized crime barons preying on everyday people. On the flip side, Wallace made time to profile those who were doing good as well.