Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer

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Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer
Directed byJames Dirschberger
Produced byMatt Levie
James Dirschberger
Written byAdam Wroblewski
James Dirschberger
StarringR. Budd Dwyer
Music byChris Woodhouse
Edited byMatt Levie
Distributed byEighty Four Films, LLC
Release date
  • October 9, 2010 (2010-10-09) (Carmel Art & Film Festival)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States

Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer is a 2010 documentary film by James Dirschberger that chronicles the Computer Technology Associates (CTA) scandal that led to the public suicide of R. Budd Dwyer, the Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The documentary features new interviews with Dwyer's family, friends, and colleagues. These interviews include Dwyer's widow Joanne (her last before her death in 2009) and William T. Smith, the man whose testimony convicted Dwyer.

The film premiered on October 9, 2010 at the Carmel Art & Film Festival in Carmel, California[1] where it received positive reviews.[2] In November 2010 the film premiered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and ran for one week at the Midtown Cinema.[3] The director and the Dwyer family attended the screening and participated in a Q&A with the audience.[4] In addition to more screenings around the country,[5] the film was released on DVD on December 7, 2010.[6] In December 2010, the documentary was broadcast on the Pennsylvania Cable Network. In December of 2017, the film premiered on Amazon Video.


  • Dyan Dwyer
  • Joanne Dwyer
  • R. Budd Dwyer
  • Robert Dwyer
  • Vince Yakowicz
  • Fred McKillop
  • Bill Keisling

Confusion surrounding William Smith's statements in the documentary[edit]

In the documentary, William Smith refers to two separate trials: (i.) his own 1985 trial (with co-defendant Alan R. Stoneman) and (ii.) Dwyer's 1986 trial (with co-defendant Robert Asher). He states that at his own trial he lied under oath when he testified that he did not offer Dwyer a bribe (he stated that only John Torquato, Jr offered Dwyer a bribe). In the documentary, Smith maintains that he testified truthfully at Dwyer's 1986 trial when he stated that he offered Dwyer a bribe and that Dwyer accepted his offer. Smith states that he regrets offering Dwyer the bribe: "to the day I die, I'll regret that I did it".


  1. ^ "Carmel Film Festival Official Site". Carmel Art and Film. Archived from the original on October 12, 2010. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  2. ^ Stark, Clinton (October 19, 2010). "Review: 'Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer'". Stark Insider. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Hood, Paul (November 9, 2010). "PennLive article about the Harrisburg release". Penn Live. PA Media Group. Advance Digital. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  4. ^ "Interview with the Dwyer family and the director about the film". Abc27.com. 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
  5. ^ Giacherio, Paul (September 12, 2010). "Honest Man Screening Information". Dwyer Movie. Archived from the original on November 14, 2010.
  6. ^ Giacherio, Paul (November 19, 2010). "DVD release information". Dwyer Movie. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011.

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