Lurie then wrote and directed Nothing But the Truth , which is based on the stories of Valerie Plame and Judith Miller , which stars Kate Beckinsale , Matt Dillon , Angela Bassett , Alan Alda and David Schwimmer .  Lurie insisted his film is not intended to be an accurate depiction of the Plame Affair , but merely a vehicle to explore a similar situation, which he then takes several steps further. "You look at the story that happened in reality, and Judy Miller gets some sort of permission to speak and then speaks. So what? Nothing really big came of the whole thing," explained Lurie in an interview  published prior to the film's release. "I tried to make a movie that's a commercial thriller as well as being something that's topical."