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

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$28,747,570 (USA) (21 April 2006)
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The boy known as Danny Burke in the movie was actually Bobby Rupp in Truman Capote's novel In Cold Blood, while the girl called Laura Kinney in the film is actually Susan Kidwell. The names were probably changed for legal reasons. See more »

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Although depicted in several scenes typing furiously on a typewriter, Truman Capote was famous for writing everything in longhand. He never typed any of his novels or short stories. See more »

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Conjuring Capote
2 October 2005 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Brilliant portrayals are chilling. Philip Seymour Hoffman's invocation of the essence of Truman Capote is mesmerizing. I suspect that most of the readers on websites such as these may not have stored memories of Capote in the 60's. An unlikely media darling, I vividly recall his flaunting gay affectations and cosmopolitan barbs. Hoffman's detailed and incisive performance implores, "And the Oscar goes to........"

Beyond his performance is a riveting and eerie story directed with flawless craft and impressive restraint. It is a film that left me sitting and discussing its nuances and its depth, until the theater's lights flickered to oust me. The film surrounds the time when Capote wrote "In Cold Blood," a book nearly everyone read in the late 60's, its title seeming obvious. This latest movie inserts Capote into the original crimes that inspired "In Cold Blood" and challenges us to revisit that title.


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