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Where the Truth Lies -- A female journalist tries to uncover the truth behind the breakup, years earlier, of a celebrated comedy team after the duo found a girl dead in their hotel room. Though both had airtight alibis and neither was accused, the incident put an end to their act.
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Where the Truth Lies -- K. 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.


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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kevin Bacon ... Lanny

Colin Firth ... Vince

Alison Lohman ... Karen

David Hayman ... Reuben

Rachel Blanchard ... Maureen

Maury Chaykin ... Sally Sanmarco

Sonja Bennett ... Bonnie

Kristin Adams ... Alice
Deborah Grover ... Mrs. O'Flaherty
Beau Starr ... Jack Scaglia

Arsinée Khanjian ... Publishing Executive

Gabrielle Rose ... Publishing Executive

Don McKellar ... Publishing Executive
David Hemblen ... NY Hotel Concierge
John Moraitis ... Irv Fleischman

Michael J. Reynolds ... John Hillman

Erika Rosenbaum ... Legal Assistant

Rebecca Davis ... Denise

Simon Sinn ... Stanley

Kathryn Winslow ... Publicist
Stuart Hughes ... 1st Journalist

Shannon Lawson ... 2nd Journalist
Sarah Wateridge ... 1st Stewardess
Kate Harrell ... 2nd Stewardess

Vee Vimolmal ... Room Service Girl

Seán Cullen ... Telethon Announcer

Rosalba Martinni ... NY Hotel Maid
Brian Frank ... Club Heckler
Aliska Malish ... Grotto Club Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Audrey Dwyer ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Michael Bennett Leroux ... Television Producer (uncredited)
Emily Oldfield ... Hooker (uncredited)

Anna Silk ... Gina (uncredited)

Directed by
Atom Egoyan 
Writing credits
Atom Egoyan (screenplay)

Rupert Holmes (novel)

Produced by
Liz Bunton .... line producer
Chris Chrisafis .... co-producer
Sandra Cunningham .... co-producer
Atom Egoyan .... executive producer
Robert Lantos .... producer
Colin Leventhal .... executive producer
Mark Musselman .... associate producer
Julia Rosenberg .... associate producer
Donald A. Starr .... executive producer
Daniel J.B. Taylor .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mychael Danna 
Cinematography by
Paul Sarossy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Susan Shipton 
Casting by
Mali Finn 
Production Design by
Phillip Barker 
Art Direction by
Craig Lathrop 
Lucy Richardson 
Set Decoration by
Trisha Edwards 
Carolyn 'Cal' Loucks  (as Cal Loucks)
Costume Design by
Beth Pasternak 
Makeup Department
Judi Cooper-Sealy .... key hair stylist
Tamsin Dorling .... assistant hair stylist
Tamsin Dorling .... assistant makeup artist
Geraldine Jones .... assistant hair stylist
Geraldine Jones .... assistant makeup artist
Adrien Morot .... special effects life cast
Adrien Morot .... special effects makeup artist
Sondra Treilhard .... assistant hair stylist
Sondra Treilhard .... assistant makeup artist
Jeremy Woodhead .... hair designer
Jeremy Woodhead .... makeup designer
Geralyn Wraith .... assistant hair stylist
Geralyn Wraith .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Janine Anderton .... production manager
John Harcourt .... post-production supervisor
Jennifer Macleod .... post-production supervisor (as Jennifer MacLeod)
Michael Polaire .... unit production manager: Los Angeles
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melissa V. Barnes .... second assistant director: Los Angeles
Bruno Bryniarski .... second assistant director
Agnieszka Kroskowska .... third assistant director (as Agnieszka Poninska)
Danny McGrath .... second assistant director (as Dan McGrath)
Craig Newman .... third assistant director
Stephen Norinder .... third assistant director (as Stephan Norinder)
Neesha Patki .... trainee assistant director
Paula Smith .... second second assistant director: Los Angeles (as Paula K. Smith)
David J. Webb .... first assistant director
Michael Peleshok .... assistant director (uncredited)
David Sparkes .... first assistant director: second unit Canada (uncredited)
Art Department
Ed Baker .... stand-by props
Les Beaver .... construction stand-by
Stephanie Bell .... model & furniture maker: Hothouse Models & Effects (as Steph Bell)
Steve Bohan .... construction manager
Day Bowman .... artwork
Lloyd Brown .... set buyer
David Orin Charles .... set dresser
Jai Chong .... on-set painter
Jez Clarke .... creative supervisor: Hothouse Models & Effects
Dan Conley .... set dresser
Steven Conner .... site assistant head carpenter
Fred Crawford .... hod rigger
Joe Currie .... model & furniture maker: Hothouse Models & Effects
Rossana DeCampo .... key scenic artist (as Rossana Decampo)
Donavon Drummond .... on-set dresser
Billy Edwards .... set buyer
Bob Elton .... property master
Andrew Evans .... head painter
Greg Finnin .... assistant property manager: Los Angeles
Pat Flood .... set designer
Gary Fox .... stand-by props
Bruce Gallup .... hod painter
Christopher Geggie .... property master (as Chris Geggie)
David Gonzales .... art department apprentice
Mark Goodman .... construction stand-by
Bruce Gordon .... model & furniture maker: Hothouse Models & Effects
Roy Halfpenny .... model & furniture maker: Hothouse Models & Effects
Kim Karon .... art department coordinator
Richard Kelloway .... dressing props
Marc Kuitenbrouwer .... site construction coordinator
Tony Mainelli .... site head carpenter (as Anthony Mainelli)
Eamon McLoughlin .... construction supervisor
Chris Mead .... model & furniture maker: Hothouse Models & Effects
Jeffrey A. Melvin .... assistant set decorator
John Moran .... graphic artist
Mark Norfolk .... model & furniture maker: Hothouse Models & Effects
John O'Connor .... construction stand-by
Jak Oliver .... scenic artist
Brian Patrick .... assistant property master
Jim Peters .... key greens
Peter Potter .... dressing props
Zoe Robertson .... construction buyer (as Zoé Robertson)
Mark Rocca .... project manager: Hothouse Models & Effects
Graham Sampson .... creative supervisor: Hothouse Models & Effects
Greg Sanger .... set dressing leadman: Los Angeles
Geoffrey Smith .... props buyer
James Stanley .... project manager: Hothouse Models & Effects
Jem Stansfield .... model & furniture maker: Hothouse Models & Effects
Derek Whorlow .... hod stagehand
Ashley Winter .... assistant art director
Walter Woloschuk .... greens leadman
Eddie Wolstencroft .... construction stand-by
Graham Caulfield .... drapesmaster: UK (uncredited)
Michelle Convey .... set buyer (uncredited)
Paul Duff .... carpenter (uncredited)
Rohan Harris .... paintings (uncredited)
Keith Short .... sculptor (uncredited)
John Todd .... on set carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Richard Cadger .... adr editor (as Rick Cadger)
Matthew Chan .... operator
Ed Colyer .... adr recording engineer
Sue Conley .... dialogue editor (as Susan Conley)
Keith Elliott .... foley mixer
Steve Finn .... boom operator
Olga FitzRoy .... assistant sound engineer
John Hazen .... sound re-recording mixer
Bradford L. Hohle .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Brad Hohle)
Jake Jackson .... assistant sound engineer
Trisha Johns .... studio coordinator
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
Douglas Lunn .... cable puller
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Anna Malkin .... foley recording assistant
Jim McBride .... sound maintenance
Matthew McKenzie .... adr recording engineer
Chris Munro .... sound mixer
Steve Munro .... sound designer (as Steven Munro)
Steve Munro .... supervising sound editor
Daniel Pellerin .... sound supervising re-recording mixer
James Robb .... assistant sound editor (as Jimmy Robb)
Jan Rudy .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Shikata .... sound effects editor
David Drainie Taylor .... dialogue editor
Don White .... foley recording mixer
Mark C. Grech .... sound utility (uncredited)
Kahl Henderson .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Colin McLellan .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Rocco Larizza .... special effects first assistant (as Rocco Lazizza)
Jim McGillivary .... special effects key
Laird McMurray .... special effects supervisor
Rob Tucker .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Barb Benoit .... visual effects compositor: Mr. X
Dennis Berardi .... visual effects supervisor: Mr. X
Kristy Blackwell .... digital matte artist: Mr. X
Cyril Frederick Chu .... digital matte artist: Mr. X (as Fred Chu)
Shawney Cohen .... 3D animator: Mr. X (as Sean Cohen)
Rob Del Ciancio .... visual effects compositor: Mr. X
Bonnie Dickson .... compositing assistant: Mr. X
Sarah McMurdo .... visual effects production manager: Mr. X
Matt Ralph .... 3D animator: Mr. X
David Singer .... operations manager: Mr. X
Aaron Weintraub .... visual effects supervisor: Mr. X
Robert Greb .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Winston Lee .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Eric J. Robertson .... visual effects executive producer: Mr. X (uncredited)
Jamie Jones .... stunt coordinator
Buck McDancer .... stunts: Los Angeles
Gareth Milne .... stunt coordinator
Dana Reed .... stunts: Los Angeles
John Robotham .... stunt coordinator: Los Angeles
George Marshall Ruge .... stunts: Los Angeles
Matt Birman .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Brad Bunn .... stunts (uncredited)
Duncan McLeod .... stunt double: Colin Firth (uncredited)
Ken Quinn .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Kevin Rushton .... stunts (uncredited)
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Neil Andrews .... best boy rigging grip (as Mongo Andrews)
Bill Beenham .... rigging gaffer
Neil Blackman .... electrician
Jerry Borris .... best boy
Sean Bourdeau .... best boy
Craig Bulmer .... electrician
Stephen S. Campanelli .... Steadicam operator: Los Angeles
Geoffrey Chang .... camera loader: Los Angeles
Betty Chow .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles
Rob Cochrane .... dolly grip
Ciaran Copelin .... first assistant camera
Brad Crosbie .... second assistant camera
Nigel Draper .... electrician
Ross Duffy .... electrician
Terry Edland .... gaffer
Roy Elliston .... rigging grip
Richard Emerson .... key grip (as Rico Emerson)
Mike Evans .... first assistant camera
Steve Evans .... loader
David Fisher .... rigging gaffer
Glen Goodchild .... grip
Tony Hayes .... best boy
Stuart Hurst .... electrician
Gary Hutchings .... key grip
J.W. Lee Ionson .... generator operator
Keith Kirkum .... electrician
Jim MacCammon .... electrician (as James MacCammon)
Amir Mansour .... camera trainee
David Orton .... loader
David Owen .... gaffer
Ziggy Pedone .... best boy electric: Los Angeles
Rafy .... still photographer
Charles Saldana .... key grip: Los Angeles
Antonio Soriano .... gaffer: Los Angeles
Laurie Sparham .... still photographer
Robert Vigus .... grip
Reg Waddell .... best boy rigging electric
Doug Wall .... best boy grip: Los Angeles (as Douglas L. Wall)
Nigel Draper .... light board operator (uncredited)
Alan Millar .... electrician (uncredited)
James D. Wickman .... dolly grip: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Casting Department
Dylaine Bovaird .... extras casting assistant
John Buchan .... casting
Leo Davis .... casting
Carly-Anne Fairlie .... casting associate
Lissy Holm .... casting associate
Jane Rogers .... extras casting
David Rapaport .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vashti Arthur .... cutter/fitter
Patricia Boulden .... costume supervisor
Cori Burchell .... assistant costume designer
Annie Crawford .... costume supervisor
Elizabeth Gardiner .... on-set costumer: extras
Natalie Gysel .... costume buyer (as Nathalie Gysel)
Kathy Hendricks .... on-set costumer: Los Angeles
Ruth Kirton .... costume assistant
Ritta Koleva .... seamstress
Melissa Layton .... costume assistant (as Melissa Layton Skorepa)
Gaye Gardiner .... key textile artist (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jeffrey Collins .... apprentice editor
Arthur Montreuil .... film timer
Marc Roussel .... first assistant editor
Chris Wallace .... colorist: HDTV (uncredited)
Music Department
Richard Barrie .... technical music engineer
John Bradbury .... orchestra leader
Mychael Danna .... musician: electronic organ, piano and guitar
Mychael Danna .... orchestrator
Nicholas Dodd .... conductor
Nicholas Dodd .... orchestrator
Andrew Dudman .... assistant score mixer
Vic Fraser .... music preparation
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Steve Pearce .... musician: bass guitar
Simon Rhodes .... score mixer
Paul Shikata .... additional music editor
Rob Simonsen .... additional music arranger
Ian Thomas .... musician: drums
Phil Todd .... musician: alto saxophone solo
Derek Watkins .... musician: flugelhorn and trumpet
Kirsty Whalley .... music editor
Rick Wilkins .... conductor: Lanny and Vince Telethon Orchestra
Rick Wilkins .... orchestrator: Lanny and Vince Telethon Orchestra
Sharif Ahmed .... assistant to music supervisor (uncredited)
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Paul Kegg .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Ron Searles .... music pre-recording engineer (uncredited)
Bruce White .... viola (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Orest Andrijiw .... driver
Ron Annabelle .... driver
Steve Boyd .... transportation coordinator: Los Angeles
Whitney Byron .... transportation co-captain (as Byron Whitney)
Roy Callis .... driver
Norman Foster .... driver
Richard Gaal .... driver: set decoration (as Richard D. Gaal)
Robert Geeves .... driver (as Robert W. Geeves)
Joe Hall .... driver
Sandy Hastings .... driver
Geoff Holland .... driver
Gordon Ionson .... transportation captain (as Gord Ionson)
Kelvin Lewis .... driver
Richard Morgan .... driver
Orest W. Muz .... transport coordinator
Reg Reynolds .... driver: honeywagon
Brett Round .... transportation captain: Los Angeles
Patrick Sands .... driver
Rohan Singh .... driver
Mike Leslie Smith .... driver
Pete Trotman .... driver (as Peter Trotman)
Michael Ralph Price .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Jack Beardsley .... office assistant
David Bermingham .... production executive: First Choice Films
Lisa Blok-Linson .... location manager: Los Angeles
Esther Bradbury .... assistant: Chris Chrisafis
Sherrie Bradshaw .... accounting assistant: Los Angeles
James Burke .... office assistant
Donna Butt .... extras supervisor
Cherri Campbell .... executive assistant: Mr. Lantos, Serendipity Point Films
Diarmuid Coghlan .... second assistant accountant
Gina Craig .... home economist
Lincoln D'Souza .... payroll accountant
Diana Dill .... script supervisor
James Duffy .... location assistant
Larry Eydmann .... health and safety officer: Media Safety Ltd. (as Larry Eydman)
Brad Fox .... production finance coordinator
Marcy Gerstein .... assistant: Atom Egoyan
Wayne Godfrey .... on-set supervisor
Sabine Graham .... production coordinator
Dennis Jacobson .... payroll accountant
Stephanie Keating .... publicist
Mandy Ketcheson .... lens technician: Eye FX
Ari Lantos .... director observer
Deborah Leakey .... first assistant accountant (as Debbie Leakey)
Sam Leifer .... floor runner
Melissa Lekus .... set production assistant: Los Angeles
Kathy Lochwin .... key craft service assistant: Focused On Food
Robert MacDonald .... office assistant: Los Angeles
Venetia McNeile .... office assistant
Eleanor Mendes .... production secretary
Susan Mieras .... assistant: Kevin Bacon
Susan Nycz .... truck supervisor
Regina Petrik .... key craft service assistant: Focused On Food
Irene Phelps .... production accountant
Kate Pickford .... floor runner
Clare Piller .... clearances
Lindy Ransom .... assistant production coordinator: Los Angeles
Callum Redfern .... floor runner
Sol Rivera .... craft service: Los Angeles
Natalie Rogers .... production coordinator
Wendy Saffer .... head of marketing and publicity: Serendipity Point Films
Jason Savage .... assistant location manager: Los Angeles
Lianne Seal .... first assistant accountant
Karen Shaw .... assistant: Robert Lantos
Michael Sheahan .... director of finance: First Choice Films
Michael Solomon .... assistant: Mr. Lantos, Serendipity Point Films
John Stein .... general counsel: First Choice Films
Paul Stevenson .... office assistant
Claire Stewart .... production secretary
Lesley Stewart .... head of production: First Choice Films
Vess Stoeva .... second assistant accountant
Warner Strauss .... assistant location manager
Karyn Sullivan .... office assistant
Aida Tannyan .... finance and accounting: Serendipity Point Films (as Aída Tannyan)
Damon Tinker .... office assistant: Los Angeles
Derek Jan Vermaas .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Johanna Weinstein .... title designer
Mark Williams .... financial controller: First Choice Films
Eardley Wilmot .... location manager
Angie Winstl .... assistant production coordinator (as Angela Winstl)
Igor Zambeli .... location assistant
Stephanie Bell .... paint finisher (uncredited)
Joe Biggins .... inflatable mannequins (uncredited)
Dennis Davidson .... International publicity (uncredited)
Ken Dhaliwal .... production legal counsel (uncredited)
Billy Greenfield .... production assistant (uncredited)
Susan Hegarty .... dialogue coach: Alison Lohman (uncredited)
Michael Toll .... qc technician (uncredited)
Bobbie Gardner .... acknowledgment: nurses provided by (as Bobbi Gardiner)
Bob Halbgebauer .... special thanks
Pam Silverstein .... special thanks
Gary Stone .... special thanks
William F. White .... special thanks (as William White)
Hugh Whittaker .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, drug use and language (edited version)
107 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R18+ | Canada:18A | Canada:R (Alberta/Manitoba) (original rating) | Canada:18A (Alberta/Manitoba) (re-rating on appeal) | Canada:18A (British Columbia/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Québec) | Finland:K-15 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III | Hungary:16 | Ireland:18 | Japan:R-18 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:12 (TV version) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R21 (cut) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) | USA:R (edited version) | USA:NC-17 (original rating) (rating surrendered)
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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 »
Anachronisms: When Maureen is in the bathtub talking to her girlfriend on the telephone, modern-day blow-molded plastic shampoo bottles can be seen on the ledge of the tub behind her.See more »
Lanny Morris:Having to be a nice guy is the toughest job in the world when you're not.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Today" (1952)See more »
White RabbitSee more »


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168 out of 294 people found the following review useful.
Hey Yo Pass the Riuniti on Diamonds, 22 June 2005
Author: Jonathan Peter Jackson from United States

I recently had the pleasure of sitting in on the first public screening of Atom Egoyan's "Where The Truth Lies" in Switzerland. I have never been moved to write a preview-review, but in this case it becomes necessary. To say that the movie is impressive would be an unfortunate meiosis. Everything we have come to expect from Egoyan in the past two decades is present in fine form: impeccable mise-en-scene, exquisitely precise camera movement, and a score that not only adds texture but is an artistic accomplishment in and of itself.

But wait, there's more. It turns out that Egoyan's first foray into a larger, more "industry" piece brings out the best in his sensibilities, and shows that he is a genuine and lasting artist, that is, capable of evolving while remaining true to the vision that made him an international phenomenon (for the acclaimed Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter).

Simply put, the cast is outstanding. The performances Egoyan brings forth are of a kind. In particular, Alison Lohman as Karen O'Conner nails the difficulties of multi-valence like a seasoned vet. She is at once timid, cunning, she surrenders as well as she controls, both Alice and Svengali. I get a very strong Jennifer Jason Leigh 2.0 vibe from her. Jane Greer all the way. She has mad potential, and it is exciting to see early on.

Kevin Bacon's extraordinary gifts of performance reach their zenith in the impossibly charismatic Lanny Morris. His is a tour-de-force performance that rivals Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon, Mitchum in Out of The Past, and Brando in Last Tango. That's my word! He will certainly be nominated for an Academy Award, and unless another actor comes forward with a role of a lifetime, it would be no surprise if he cops the statue, especially considering his recent work in Mystic River, for which he was overlooked.

Colin Firth is a star in his own right, shining brilliantly as Lanny's road dog Vince Collins, perhaps the film's most intriguing, complex character study. Firth gives all of himself and more, and is as courageous as it comes. David Hayman also is creepily adept inna Erich von Stroheim style.

Los Angeles is captured magnificently, as is the world of old school song and dance star power. Think Martin and Lewis even more buck wild than they really were and you'll get a sense of the flavor.

Structurally the narrative is Trump Tight, revealing yet never telling, fulfilling its film noir genre and then making a logical progression upon it. Yes people, it's all here...Lies, Laughs, Loves, Songs, Tears, Selfishness, Generosity, Deceit, Reconciliation, and HOT HOT SEX. Check it! Depending of course upon how it is promoted, this film has the opportunity to do great things for North American Cinema. It can bridge the gap between big box office productions and so-called art house films, entertaining while simultaneously exploring more profound issues. Popular audiences are not stupid, they just need to learn how to see and think and feel again. This is the ambassadorial movie we have been waiting for. I believe that Where The Truth Lies can produce a kind of leap of faith in moviegoers and producers alike, so that there can perhaps be another Golden Era of Hollywood while the millennium is still young.

Where The Truth Lies get 5 Mics from The Source and a Robert Townsend soul clap! Congrats, Maestro Egoyan. I'll have the lobster.

Jonathan Peter Jackson Budapest, Hungary June 2öö5

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