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Where the Truth Lies (2005)

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Karen O'Connor, a young journalist known for her celebrity profiles, is consumed with discovering the truth behind a long-buried incident that affected the lives and careers of showbiz team Vince Collins and Lanny Morris.



(screenplay), (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Sanmarco
Deborah Grover ...
Mrs. O'Flaherty
Beau Starr ...
Jack Scaglia
Publishing Executive
Publishing Executive
Publishing Executive
David Hemblen ...
NY Hotel Concierge
John Moraitis ...
Irv Fleischman


Karen O'Connor tells the story about two distinct but related periods in her life. In 1972, she is an up-and-coming Los Angeles based journalist who has been given the lucrative assignment of convincing once successful comic Vince Collins, who is at the tail end of his career, to allow her to ghost write his memoirs. Most specifically, she has the task from her publishers of discovering the reason behind two issues in Vince's life from 1957: why he and his former on-stage partner Lanny Morris, who is still active and well known within the entertainment business, broke up their professional partnership shortly after they hosted a successful thirty-nine hour telethon for polio research in Miami, there not having been any indication of problems between the two before that; and how did the dead body of Maureen O'Flaherty end up in the water filled bathtub in Vince and Lanny's New Jersey hotel suite, the opening of that New Jersey hotel owned by mobster Sally Sanmarco which was Lanny and ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 October 2005 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Alaston totuus  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,726 (USA) (14 October 2005)


$871,527 (USA) (25 November 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


An important plot twist, part of the reason the film was given an NC-17 rating in the US, is revealed in the documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006). See more »


As Lanney signs the bill in the hotel room when Maureen brings him his food, there is a ZIP code visible in the hotel's address. This part of the film is set in 1957, but ZIP codes were not used by the US postal service until 1963. See more »


Lanny Morris: I left you a note.
Karen: Where?
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References Today (1952) See more »


White Rabbit
Performed by The Wonderland Band
Written by Grace Slick
Published by Rondor Music London Ltd. on behalf of Copperpenny Music and Irving Music Inc.
Additional lyrics from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865)
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Disappointing effort from Egoyan
12 March 2006 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Egoyan's weakest film, at least since he came to prominence with Exotica. It's actually a somewhat interesting mystery, but it has a lot of flaws. There is a death, possibly a murder, in the hotel suite of two famous comedians (played by Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon), based on Martin and Lewis. That's the film's biggest flaw, that this completely fictional mystery uses Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis as a model. It's very distracting. The bulk of the story has a young journalist (Alison Lohman) writing the story of the two comedians, trying to solve the mystery. The film-making is pretty good, but Egoyan, except for The Sweet Hereafter, has always been a weak director when it comes to actors. Lohman, who was great in Ridley Scott's Matchstick Men, is awful here (she does get naked and have sex with a woman, though, which makes the film almost worth seeing). Kevin Bacon, who gave his best performance ever last year in the still underseen The Woodsman, isn't especially good, either. Only Firth does a good job. The film is also overscored with some very cliché mystery music. Mychael Danna's scores for Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter were brilliant; this one's a flop.

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