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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 1960s. He is struggling in school and trying to adjust to America's culture. He then hears about a radio... 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
James Kisicki ...
Cecil Simms
J.J. Horna ...
The Blind Kid
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Timmy Morelli
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Danny Hogan
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Sgt. Disapri
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Karchy (Brad Renfro) is a boy in school who has moved from Hungary to America in the 1960s. 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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Just don't get caught. See more »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Because this film was financed by an independent production company, writer Joe Eszterhas agreed to sell his script for 100,000 dollars. According to his autobiography "Hollywood Animal", actor Maximilian Schell wanted the same amount of money for playing his part. Eszterhas wanted Schell so much in the film, that he agreed that his paycheck would go straight to Schell. 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

Karchy Jonas: [sing while combing his hair] Hey, hey, what do you say... Karchy Jonas is coming your way...
Karchy Jonas: ...How are you darlin'?
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Mule Skinner Blues
Performed by The Fendermen
Written by Jimmie Rodgers, George Vaughn
Courtesy of Dominion Entertainment, Inc.
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Worshiping the wrong idol .............
14 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Brad Renfro is sucked into the glitzy world of ego maniacal disc jockey Billy Magic, Kevin Bacon. It is Cleveland, 1961, and Bacon finds Renfro the perfect patsy for assisting him in a payola racket. I could have done without the melodramatic subplot of Renfro and his Father, Maximilian Schell, sweating their Citizenship Papers, as it merely detracts from the main story. The 60s atmosphere is well done, with some great cars and an outstanding soundtrack. I wish the movie had focused more on Bacon's corrupt character, because the supporting cast, other than Calista Flockheart, as a love interest, is mostly wasted. - MERK


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