MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 62 this week

Telling Lies in America (1997)

 -  Drama | Music  -  15 October 1997 (USA)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 1,768 users   Metascore: 65/100
Reviews: 24 user | 23 critic | 20 from Metacritic.com

Karchy (Brad Renfro) is a boy in school who has moved from Hungary to America in the 1960's. He is struggling in school and trying to adjust to America's culture. He then hears about a ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 06 Sep 2011
 
a list of 10 titles
created 31 Aug 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 06 Jan 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 1079 titles
created 2 weeks ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Telling Lies in America (1997)

Telling Lies in America (1997) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Telling Lies in America.
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Lemon Sky (1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Jan Egleson
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Tom Atkins, Lindsay Crouse
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Director: Fabio Segatori
Stars: Antonio Cupo, Bianca Guaccero, Caprice Bourret
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

10-year-old Harriet dreams of leaving her home, where she doesn't feel she's needed by her mother and sister Gwen. When her mother dies in a car accident, she really starts to make plans ... See full summary »

Director: Timothy Hutton
Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Bacon, Mary Stuart Masterson
Cavedweller (2004)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A traumatic event sends a musician (Sedgwick) back to her hometown in an effort to reunite with the daughters she abandoned. To do so, she must confront her abusive ex-husband (Quinn), from whom she fled years ago.

Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, Aidan Quinn, Sherilyn Fenn
Collector (2008)
Short | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Justin Sayer suffers from a mental illness which causes vivid hallucinations. The voices in his head have caused him to isolate himself from the world and from his two year old son. After ... See full summary »

Director: Dempsey Tillman
Stars: Matthew Boylan, Brad Renfro
Rails & Ties (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A deadly collision between a train and car lead to an unlikely bond between the train engineer and a young boy who escapes the carnage.

Director: Alison Eastwood
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Marcia Gay Harden, Miles Heizer
The Cure (1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Dexter, age 11, who has AIDS, and his next door neighbor Eric, a little older and much bigger, become best friends. Eric also becomes closer to Dexter's mother than to his own, who is ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Horton
Stars: Joseph Mazzello, Brad Renfro, Aeryk Egan
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Finbar and Danny are close childhood friends who live in a depressing neighbourhood in an Irish town. Finbar gets the chance to play soccer in an international soccer team abroad but can't ... See full summary »

Director: Sue Clayton
Stars: Luke Griffin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Sean Lawlor
Queens Logic (1991)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When childhood friends Al, Dennis and Eliot get together for Ray's wedding, which may or may not happen, they end up on a roller-coaster ride through reality. During one tumultuous, crazy ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Rash
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Linda Fiorentino, John Malkovich
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

When the closure of a railway is announced, employees commandeer a locomotive to get to corporate headquarters and confront the president.

Director: Jay Russell
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Bob Balaban, Barbara Barrie
The Maker (1997)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Josh is a high school guy who lives with adoptive parents and is involved in little crimes with his friends (including young lesbian Bella). Suddenly his elder brother Walter comes out of ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Hunter
Stars: Matthew Modine, Mary-Louise Parker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Deuces Wild (2002)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Two brothers, Leon and Bobby are members of the street gang in Brooklyn known as the deuces. Their brother was killed by a drug overdose a few years earlier and the gang is determined to ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Kalvert
Stars: Stephen Dorff, Brad Renfro, Fairuza Balk
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Billy Magic
...
Karchy 'Chucky' Jonas
...
Dr. Istvan Jonas
...
...
Father Norton
...
Kevin Boyle
...
Henry
Damen Fletcher ...
Amos 'Blood Smith'
Jerry Swindall ...
Andy 'Croak' Stas
K.K. Dodds ...
Justine
...
Cecil Simms
J.J. Horna ...
The Blind Kid
Ben Saypol ...
Timmy Morelli
...
Danny Hogan
Rohn Thomas ...
Sgt. Disapri
Edit

Storyline

Karchy (Brad Renfro) is a boy in school who has moved from Hungary to America in the 1960's. He is struggling in school and trying to adjust to America's culture. He then hears about a radio DJ Billy Magic (Kevin Bacon) who holds a contest for a Student Hall of Fame every week. When Karchy finally wins after several weeks, he spends more time with Billy Magic...a man with money, girls, and glam. Karchy thinks that by spending time with Magic, he can become "cool". He then starts telling lies, to make himself seem greater than he really is. But when his lies begin hurting the people he cares about, he realizes that it isn't worth telling lies if it affects your friends. Afterwards, he learns to accept himself for the person he is, and gives up lying. And as for Billy Magic, it turns out that he pays his price for all the lies that he has told as well.... Written by <Aya704@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Just don't get caught. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex related situations | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Magic Man  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,470 (USA) (17 October 1997)

Gross:

$252,318 (USA) (14 November 1997)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was one of the first seven films to be foreclosed by the Screen Actors Guild for non-payment of wages and residuals to SAG members. On 13 July 2004, rights to the film were sold at auction. See more »

Goofs

About two-thirds through the movie, when Karchy picks his girlfriend up at the store after (her) work, they walk down a handicap wheelchair ramp which didn't exist in the 1960's. See more »

Quotes

Diney Majeski: Why you got to show off so much?
Karchy Jonas: Cause I ain't got that much to show.
See more »

Soundtracks

Little Diane
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion)
Written by Dion DiMucci
Under License from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The "Rodney Dangerfield" of "Coming of Age" Movies
30 July 2001 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

Why this little gem didn't get major studio distribution is a real mystery. One terrific performance (Kevin Bacon)four very good ones (Maxmillian Schell, Calista Flockhart, Paul Dooley)and a solid, if not totally convincing one from Brad Renfro (where's the TRACE of an accent?) coupled with a right on script by Joe Eszterhas (rarely has the era been so well captured) makes for a surprisingly entertaining and accessible movie. No where does the movie cop out. The ending is convincing and slightly bittersweet. The dilemmas faced by the underpaid, exploited disc jockeys (in fact, most members of the musical profession) of the era is thoroughly examined. This is a great movie. Can you believe I got it as a bonus with my DVD MPEG Decoder card?

Hey, see it for the CARS if nothing else?


4 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
would you recommend it? sassykat
Bookstrap banjo-10
song question sammiecurt
Rest in Peace Brad ubette
Telling Lies in Dullsville jqueenan
the 60's? tonydodge
Discuss Telling Lies in America (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?