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Telling Lies in America (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 15 October 1997 (USA)
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 »

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

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Dress sharp. Drive fast. Look cool. Laugh last. See more »

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Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for sex related situations | See all certifications »
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15 October 1997 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$252,318 (USA) (14 November 1997)
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Because this film was financed by an independent production company, writer Joe Eszterhas agreed to sell his script for $100.000. According to his autobiography "Hollywood Animal", actor Maximilian Schell wanted the same amount of money for playing his role. Eszterhas wanted Schell so much in the film that he agreed that his paycheck would go straight to Shell. See more »

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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.
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Honest I Do
Performed by Jimmy Reed
Written by Jimmy Reed, Ewart Abner
Courtesy of Vee Jay Records/ All Nations Music
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A good movie about the seedy side of the music business
22 August 2000 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

This is a charming movie that touches upon payola in the 60's. Bacon takes money for overplaying a song on radio, thus boosting its ratings, and uses Renfro as a go-between for these dealings so that the money never goes direct from sponsor to Bacon. After a while Renfro becomes bolder as some of Bacon's attitude rubs off on him. He starts lying about his background, car and things he's done to impress those around him. But he finally quits when he realizes that these 'white' lies hurt as well as the 'black' ones. When the FBI decide to pressure Renfro into giving evidence against Bacon by speaking to the judge during his naturalization proceedings, things take an interesting twist as the judge, before the proceedings, speak to Renfro alone and have a little chat about George Washington and the cherry tree. Won't spoil it by telling you what it is, but watch and find out, as it has a bearing on the movie as well. Calista Flockhart puts up a pretty convincing performance as well.


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