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Capote (2005)

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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 (

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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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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Michael J. Burg plays Capote's cousin, playwright Tennessee Williams. He has also played Truman Capote himself in two other films: The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000), and The Hoax (2006). See more »


When Harper Lee is leaving Spain, she briefly chats with Capote then gets into a cab to leave. We hear the engine start, however both of the Cabbie's hands are on the steering wheel. See more »


[first lines]
Laura Kinney: Hello? Nancy?
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Music by Don Redman (as Donald Redman)
Lyrics by Ray Gilbert
Performed by Alan Paul
Courtesy of Peer-Southern Productions, Inc.
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The Manipulation Of A Master Manipulator
23 November 2005 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

Beautifully told, masterfully performed, harrowing, amusing, cruel, moving. A sensational achievement. I sat there disturbed and transfixed. Witnessing the impossible. Truman Capote with the mask, without the mask. The same man, different men, all men, no man. The creature at work, thinking of work, planning his work, working his work, wheeling an dealing. Living his life, life as work, work as life. An ego bigger than his talent and all talent and no ego. Feeling without feeling. Cunning, innocent, blasphemous, a child, a monumental son of a bitch. Philip Seymour Hoffman surprising us again. Charles Laughton I thought. What a thought! Charles Laughton 2005. That kind of talent that kind of boldness and brains. Everything and everyone in "Capote" seem to be. To be totally. I've never seen a photograph of Harper Lee but I imagine her just like Catherine Keener. The film is a miracle of sorts. I can't wait to see it again.

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