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Capote (2005)

R  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  3 February 2006 (USA)
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In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.



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Harold Nye (as Robert McLaughlin)


In 1959, Truman Capote, a popular writer for The New Yorker, learns about the horrific and senseless murder of a family of four in Holcomb, Kansas. Inspired by the story material, Capote and his partner, Harper Lee, travel to the town to research for an article. However, as Capote digs deeper into the story, he is inspired to expand the project into what would be his greatest work, In Cold Blood. To that end, he arranges extensive interviews with the prisoners, especially with Perry Smith, a quiet and articulate man with a troubled history. As he works on his book, Capote feels some compassion for Perry which in part prompts him to help the prisoners to some degree. However, that feeling deeply conflicts with his need for closure for his book which only an execution can provide. That conflict and the mixed motives for both interviewer and subject make for a troubling experience that would produce an literary account that would redefine modern non-fiction. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 February 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Truman Capote  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$324,857 (USA) (30 September 2005)


$28,747,570 (USA) (21 April 2006)

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Photographer Richard Avedon is played by the film's cinematographer, Adam Kimmel. See more »


When Capote purchases baby food to nurse Perry Smith back to health, several of the soup can labels on another shelf have UPC bar codes and ring-pull tops. See more »


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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Amy Poehler/Katy Perry (2010) See more »


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Well done, moving account of Capote's life during the writing of 'In Cold Blood'
7 September 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I saw a press screening of this film recently, and was highly impressed by its moving account of the period in Truman Capote's life during which he wrote 'In Cold Blood'. The direction by the relatively unknown Bennett Miller is personal, evocative and affecting, but without being over-dramatic or saccharine. This is helped immensely by Philip Seymour Hoffmann's incredible performance as Capote, as well as solid acting from Catherine Keener, Clifton Collins Jr., and Chris Cooper. Cooper plays K.B.I. Agent Alvin Dewey with perhaps a bit too much intensity, given his relatively small amount of screen time, but the portrayal nonetheless comes off as heart-felt.

The cinematography by Adam Kimmel is suitably gray and moody, with many evocative views of the flat Kansas plains, but most of the screen time is spent with the camera focused on Hoffmann - all of it time well spent.

While I haven't read the biography by Gerald Clarke on which it's based, the script seems to hit enough salient details to evoke Capote's frame of mind, without inundating the audience with more than would fit in a feature-length film. I suppose one of my only complaints about the film would be that at times the conversations take on a sheen of Hollywood, saying things for dramatic impact that perhaps might not have been said in real life. But then again, I never met Capote, so who knows for sure.

All in all, this was a deeply engrossing film, and one I would highly recommend, especially if you're a fan of Truman Capote.

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