Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer

2010 ,    »  -   23 Comments
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Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer

Across the internet, in university classrooms, and in small American towns like Meadville, the story of R. Budd Dwyer's political downfall and subsequent end is told; still there are many people today who wouldn't know him if asked to look at a picture and identify the man, and likely just as few who know him by name. It is the story of Dywer's very public and statement making suicide, and the fact that it was televised, that transcends.

Honest Man provides a deeper look into the story of former State Rep. and Pennsylvania Treasurer Budd Dwyer, his background, people who knew him in varying capacities, and the so called conspiracy that many who were closest to him, and some who were certainly not, point to as the true reason behind the former politician and family man's decision to end his life. It doesn't matter what your level of familiarity is with the story or the man.

Maybe you were around for and aware of the entire ordeal back in 1987, maybe you'll remember halfway through that his televised death was mentioned in a course you took as an example of where the arguments behind censorship and ethics in the media come from, maybe not, but either way it doesn't take long to get interested once you begin to view the film, and most will likely have a strong emotional reaction to the film.

The one negative in the film, has nothing to do with the shooting, graphics, or anything technical, but arguments made by Dywer's children that cut down the efforts to paint him as a good man, a man of the people who wanted nothing more than to serve his constituents and know that his family held the same values as he did.

Implications by Dwyer's son and daughter that the jury who found him guilty was either too uneducated or too poor (i.e. working jobs insignificant enough to be able to take eight days off to do their civic duty) is a show of their own personal opinions, but it reflects on Dywer of course, because that is who they are there to talk about, and the roughly half an hour that was just used to describe a man whose opinions are not made out to match those of his children is suddenly mired by statements that would strike most people as the type of thing you simply don't say.

Still, this is a message, and piece of American history that should be disused and shared and the director's cut of Honest Man handles the retelling of this story in a powerful way that seeks to supply us with objective facts and subjective accounts from people with some authority on the matter, and never seems to seek to sway the viewer's thoughts one way or the other.

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23 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Mike

    Bud was a Honest human being and did not realize how corrupt the political machine was. When you tamper with the machine of politics to make a positive change, anything can come your way. There were many before Bud and there will be more to fall after Him. The federal side has many more skeletons in their closet than ever could be imagined. The two party system is nothing more than one big soap opera controlled by a few behind the curtains, taking the country and the people down their yellow brick road.

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  2. dmxi

    Weird thing is I got my attention about this man via the band 'GWAR'... but still, he was acting out the symptoms of a corrupt and dying system... heartbreaking watch due to Dwyer's belief of the righteousness in a misused constitution!

    - broken but not corrupted... rip Dwyer, true courage always comes with great loss - suicide... the most sweetest of solutions in dire need!

  3. ~Oliver B Koslik Esq

    I believe that the seeds of corruption are sown into our linguistic "flexibilities". As well the religious "sanctity" that prohibits pursuit of such issues.

    Although dealing with an intrinsically corrupt machine made so, by a fundamentally morally corrupted society. Is not an unfixable problem.

    The resolution comes from educating future generations on personality disorders that have moral and empathetic deficits/deficiencies.

    More importantly having strict mental health screening routines designed to prevent police officers/politicians from gaining power.

    +1 Budd!
    (Now thats white collar martyrdom!)

  4. Filter

    Hey man, nice shot.

  5. Filter

    Now you know where the song comes from.

  6. DDDDDuane

    I knew who this guy was immediately from his photo from the "Faces of Death" film...He looked like an honest great guy who was railroaded into ruin by psychopaths...I didn't watch this yet but from the description his kids sound like
    s c umb ags....

  7. Carl Berke

    Dwyer's guilt is extremely glossed in this film. When Smith tells Dwyer that Torquato wants to give him $300,00 there is a positive reaction quickly heard and never revisited. Torquato was and is a crook. Dwyer would have protected himself by revealing the offer at once.

  8. blu paws

    rip, what lovely kids you have, I am 32 from the uk, found this very sad, seemed a most decent father and person, liked tge fact he drove five hours to see daughter play

  9. blu paws

    Positive reaction?..

  10. blu paws

    Mabye dont comment until you have least watched it, ignorance at it's finest

  11. Carl Berke

    blu paws seems to be fawning . Watching some other video? Certainly unresponsive to the question and merely looking for dreadful irrelevant saccharine remarks.

  12. Kansas Devil

    A positive reaction as in a friendly "sure" but in reality jokingly.
    Depending on the state of the mind, one may think it a serious response.

  13. Kansas Devil

    Not psychopaths, sociopaths. Most corrupt people are sociopaths.

  14. DDDDDuane

    A psychopath and sociopath are the same exact thing (watch...this m*ron is going to give me an argument...)...Psychopaths gravitate towards jobs like politics, police...Could anyone who wasn't a psychopath projectile vomit what you heard last week at the "state of the union" address? And the other psychos who want it's job applaud all the 5hit that it vomits.,... EVERYTHING that comes out of that trashes mouth (and every other one of them) is a load of total 5hit....

  15. Carl Berke

    Clearly you cannot comprehend the question that I raised. It seems that they raise the same dolts in England. There is no positive in this story. One can ask why its called a story about an honest man when he just as clearly accepts the idea of the bribe! White wash and hogwash.

  16. DDDDDuane

    Entrapment...ALL MEN are greedy and susceptible to vicious evil entrapment....I remember when they did this to John Delorean in the 80's...His car company was going under and they set him up to carry drugs...He was desperate, they knew he was...and he took the bait out of desperation to save his company....
    This is "law enforcements" job....Just last week the "terrorist" they caught in Cleveland was a 20 YO dumb lonely social outcast who they GAVE the money to buy the guns he supposedly going to use in the "terrorist assault"....
    It's incredible how SC U M B AGS will actually do this to other people who are of NO HARM....

  17. ZamaZalotta

    I'm not OK with the fact that the honest man in this story said "...i would, that sounds pretty good to me" about a 300K contribution provided that someone gets a million dollar contract.

    But then again you can blame the jury for being high-school graduates, that sounds like a valid argument...

  18. Cille in Norway

    This is a rosy whitewash poor-man-who-got-tricked-into-bribery tale, complete with sad acoustic guitar and piano, completely onesided and not worthy of being called a documentary. I sat through the whole thing waiting for at least one mention of an opposite view on this "Honest Man", but it never came. I'm disgusted at this 'product', which is all it is.

  19. chris

    Seems like a lot of fluff to me. What inocent person kills themselves to prove a point. Seems like an arrogant self adsorbed person to me.

  20. Anna

    I rather think what liar would go to this length to support a lie? That to me seems much less probable.

  21. Deegee

    @Anna - the liar that was exposed. Many people commit suicide when their ill deeds come out and there is no way to cover them up or smooth them over again. Some people compartmentalize things so they can think of themselves as decent people, but when worlds collide and the compartments fall apart, the cognitive dissonance becomes too much and they cannot deal with the reality of who they are, rather than how they like to think of themselves. And at the point, you can have a suicide happen.

  22. Shannon

    This man committed NO crime. And it's a horrible injustice that his family will never get the
    "closure" of his being exonerated. That could only occur if the "justice(oxymoron)system" admitted to its OWN corruption. We live in country where we convict people and ruin their lives without questioning the system. We (our government) murder, torture, gas-light and lie innocent people on a daily basis....yet we spend so much tax payers money on going after "terrorists". Wake up people....until everyone has the balls to back up our belief systems and moral code....as this man did...we will continue to live in this American Delusion. His suicide was simply a weak moment for a proud man. Being proud isn't the same thing as being arrogant. Only an arrogant person would believe that it was.

  23. mike m

    lotta people get worse breaks and dont blow their head off
    nor do they all put on bombs and go in a crowd
    mental illness
    thats what the war should be against

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