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Infamous (2006)

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While researching his novel "In Cold Blood", Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith.

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Douglas McGrath

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Douglas McGrath (screenplay), George Plimpton (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sigourney Weaver ... Babe Paley
Toby Jones ... Truman Capote
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Kitty Dean
Sandra Bullock ... Nelle Harper Lee
Isabella Rossellini ... Marella Agnelli
Peter Bogdanovich ... Bennett Cerf
Rey Arteaga Rey Arteaga ... El Morocco Band
Jeff Daniels ... Alvin Dewey
Daniel Craig ... Perry Smith
Justin Sherburn Justin Sherburn ... El Morocco Band
Andrew Halbreich Andrew Halbreich ... El Morocco Band
Juliet Stevenson ... Diana Vreeland
Michael Panes ... Gore Vidal
Hope Davis ... Slim Keith
Frank G. Curcio ... William Shawn (as Frank Curcio)
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Storyline

On November 16, 1959, Truman Capote reads about the murder of a the Clutter family. There's no suspects. With Harper Lee, he visits the town: he wants to write about their response. First he must get locals to talk, then, he must gain access to the prisoners. One talks constantly; the other, Perry Smith, says little. Capote's implacable, believing this book will establish a new form of reportage: he must figure out what Perry wants. Their relationship becomes something more than writer and character: Perry killed in cold blood, the state will execute him in cold blood; does Capote get his story through cold calculation, or is there a price for him to pay? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for language, violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Every Word Is True See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$452,966, 15 October 2006

Gross USA:

$1,150,403
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alvin Dewey is played by Jeff Daniels, who later played Atticus Finch in the Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Truman Capotes companion Harper Lee. See more »

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In Chapter One TC says no passenger trains stop at Holcomb - only an occasional freight. Yet Truman and Harper Lee arrive at (and she departs from) Holcomb by train. See more »

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Diana Vreeland: You can forgive a person a lot who really *enjoys* you.
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I saw Capote and I saw Infamous. Infamous captured my impression of "In Cold Blood" when I read it many, many years ago.
8 October 2006 | by capital picturesSee all my reviews

When I saw "Capote" I was really impressed by the presentation of the story and the quality of the acting. When I saw "Infamous" today, I was caught up with the story in a way I had not been before. It was closer to the experience when I read the book many,many years ago. "In Cold Blood" is about killing human beings, and I believe that it is no more right for cold blooded murders to do it than for me do do it as a member of society that authorizes the death penalty. I believe that the film as well as the book makes people think about this issue The cast was superb, and I said the same about the earlier rendition, but this time the characters were fully developed and believable under the circumstances. I had been impressed before, but this film is different from the last--it is more emotional, more detailed in rendition of the characters, and more interested in showing not just the destruction of Truman Capote, but in sharing the ideas that he expressed in "In Cold Blood".

When I was growing up (I am 62 now) I recall that I did not like Capote when I saw him on talk shows repeatedly. I really knew nothing of gay culture or what even that meant at the time, so it had nothing to do with the sexual orientation. It had to do with the ego that was constantly expressed and realted to nothing that I really cared about.

But what was incredibly important to me then and now is that we can lose track of the fact that we are all human beings, a point that was stressed in the film. Killers may be killers, but they are us, in a way, filled with some of the same ambitions, hates, emotions that most of us can control. What separates us from them might not be very much, so why do we need to kill them as they jailed their victims? It is easy to kill, but not so easy to try to understand. This film hits an emotional level that the previous film did not. I am pleased that it ultimately was made. I am also pleased that the quality of the performances, the writing and most especially the direction, were so superb. Watch the scene where the farmer speaks only to Harper Lee and not Capote. It is an incredible monologue, but the circumstances are noted.


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