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Infamous -- Truman Capote plunged into the murder case that inspired his great "nonfiction novel" In Cold Blood and led him into a fevered relationship with one of the two doomed killers.
Infamous -- While researching his book In Cold Blood, writer Truman Capote (Jones) develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith.
Infamous -- While researching his book In Cold Blood, writer Truman Capote (Jones) develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith.


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Writers (WGA):
Douglas McGrath (screenplay)
George Plimpton (book)
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13 October 2006 (USA) See more »
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While researching his book In Cold Blood, writer Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sigourney Weaver ... Babe Paley

Toby Jones ... Truman Capote

Gwyneth Paltrow ... Kitty Dean

Sandra Bullock ... Nelle Harper Lee

Isabella Rossellini ... Marella Agnelli

Peter Bogdanovich ... Bennett Cerf
Rey Arteaga ... El Morocco Band

Jeff Daniels ... Alvin Dewey

Daniel Craig ... Perry Smith
Justin Sherburn ... El Morocco Band
Andrew Halbreich ... El Morocco Band

Juliet Stevenson ... Diana Vreeland

Michael Panes ... Gore Vidal

Hope Davis ... Slim Keith

Frank G. Curcio ... William Shawn (as Frank Curcio)
Terri Merritt Bennett ... D.A.'s Secretary (as Terri Bennett)

John Benjamin Hickey ... Jack Dunphy

Mitch Baker ... Reporter 1

Grant James ... Reporter 2
Sheila Bailey ... Waitress (as Sheila Bailey-Lucas)
Richard Dillard ... Man on Street
Norman Bennett ... Desk Clerk (as Norman Jamison Bennett)

Marco Perella ... Clifford Hope
Bethlyn Gerard ... Marie Dewey

Libby Villari ... Delores Hope
Joey Basham ... Paul Dewey
Marian Aleta Jones ... Ellen Bechner

Terri Zee ... Nancy Hickey

Richard Andrew Jones ... Andy Erhart (as Richard Jones)

Brian Shoop ... Everett Ogburn

Lee Pace ... Dick Hickock

Brady Coleman ... Charles McAtee

Paul Wright ... Prisoner 1 (as Paul Mitchell Wright)

Turk Pipkin ... Prisoner 2
Ray Gestaut ... Lee Andrews
Joe Cordi ... Piano Player
Lee Ritchey ... Bill Paley

Brett Brock ... Tex Smith

Leticia Trejo ... Flo Smith

Brady Hender ... Young Perry
Zachary Burnett ... Young Truman

Brent A. McCoy ... Herb Clutter (as Brent Mccoy)

Gail Cronauer ... Bonnie Clutter
Austin Chittim ... Kenyon Clutter

Morgan Farris ... Nancy Clutter
Dennis Letts ... Judge Tate

Gabriel Folse ... Foreman
Charles Mooneyhan ... Prison Guard 1
J.D. Young ... Prison Guard 2

Steve Flanagin ... Chaplain

Michael D. Conway ... Doctor (as Michael Conway)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Heath Allyn ... New Yorker (uncredited)

Peter Cornwell ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Floyd Lloyd ... Jailer (uncredited)

Dean Reading ... Deputy Bishop (uncredited)
Mark Rubin ... El Morocco Band (uncredited)

Angela Ware ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Daniel Zubiate ... El Morroco Playboy (uncredited)

Directed by
Douglas McGrath 
Writing credits
Douglas McGrath (screenplay)

George Plimpton (book "Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career")

Produced by
Jocelyn Hayes .... producer
Charles Pugliese .... associate producer
Audrey Rosenberg .... associate producer
Christine Vachon .... producer
Anne Walker-McBay .... producer
John Wells .... executive producer
Original Music by
Rachel Portman 
Cinematography by
Bruno Delbonnel 
Film Editing by
Camilla Toniolo 
Casting by
Ellen Lewis 
Beth Sepko 
Production Design by
Judy Becker 
Art Direction by
Laura Ballinger 
Set Decoration by
Gene Serdena 
Costume Design by
Ruth Myers 
Makeup Department
Melizah Anguiano .... key hair stylist (as Melizah Schmidt)
Troy Breeding .... makeup department head
Jacenda Burkett .... makeup artist
Bridget Cook .... department head hair
Linda DeVetta .... makeup researcher
Becki Drake .... makeup artist
Terri Ewton .... hair stylist
Wayne Herndon .... hair stylist: Ms. Weaver and Ms. Rossellini
Darylin Nagy .... key makeup artist
Leola Perez .... hair stylist (as Leola L. Perez)
Janine Rath .... hair stylist: Ms. Bullock (as Janine Rath-Thompson)
Charmaine Richards .... hair stylist
Pamela S. Westmore .... key makeup artist: New York (as Pamela Westmore)
Pamela S. Westmore .... makeup artist: Ms. Bullock (as Pamela Westmore)
Production Management
Susan Kirr .... unit production manager
Ravi D. Mehta .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Meg Beatty .... second second assistant director
Louis Guerra .... second assistant director: New York (as Louis J. Guerra)
Patrick Mangan .... second second assistant director: New York
Daniel J. Shaw .... first assistant director
Katie Tull .... second assistant director (as Kathleen M. Tull)
Art Department
Sara Aronson .... property staff assistant
Marc Baird .... storyboard artist
Dawn M. Baker .... muralist
Amy Bell .... assistant property master
Brad Blei .... set dresser
Marcia Bruscato-Poss .... construction buyer
Lance Cheatham .... set dresser
Dennis Collins .... painter
Jack Colmenero .... set dresser
April Crump .... set dresser
Patricia Dillon .... draper
Maus Drechsler .... property master: New York
Summer Finley .... art department coordinator
James Wiley Fowler .... set dresser (as James Fowler)
Rafael Fraguada .... on-set dresser: New York
Sonia L. Garcia .... stand-by painter (as L. Sonia Garcia)
Dwayne Grady .... property master
Juliet Guimont .... scenic artist
Mark Hanks .... set dresser
Edwin G. Hill .... painter
Ellen Lampl .... graphic designer
Marcus LaPorte .... scenic artist
Ross Macdonald .... graphic designer
Joe McCusker .... construction coordinator
Todd Morris .... on-set dresser
Marc Newman .... leadman: New York
John Parker .... set dresser
Shane Patrick .... set dresser
Scott A. Reeder .... props
Virle S. Reid .... additional set dresser
Steve Sawhill .... set dresser
Phil Shirey .... leadman
Gabriella Villarreal .... key buyer
Robert R. Wonson .... set dresser
Koen Wooten .... props
Cher Young .... painter
Sound Department
Ethan Andrus .... sound mixer
John Carbonara .... assistant sound editor
Benjamin Cheah .... sound designer
Benjamin Cheah .... sound re-recording mixer
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Kenton Jakub .... adr editor
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Tony Martinez .... dialogue editor
Eric McAllister .... supervising assistant sound editor
Eliza Paley .... supervising sound editor
Scott Snyder .... sound department intern
Wyatt Sprague .... sound effects editor
Tom Sturgis .... boom operator
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
John Werner .... foley supervisor
Special Effects by
Everett Byrom III .... special effects coordinator
Craig Byrom .... special effects foreman
Marc McCord .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Ryan Beadle .... digital I/O
Mark Dornfeld .... visual effects supervisor
Michele Ferrone .... visual effects producer
R.J. Harbour .... digital compositor
Shaina Holmes .... digital compositor
Shaina Holmes .... digital coordinator
Jeremy Lang .... head of information technology: Custom Film Effects
Lori C. Miller .... digital compositor
Amani Williams .... digital compositor
Michael Ventresco .... title designer: Redscare Inc. (uncredited)
King Orba .... stunt performer
Jeff Schwan .... stunt coordinator (as Jeffrey Schwan)
Bryon Weiss .... stunt double: Lee Pace
Camera and Electrical Department
Marc Andrus .... key grip
Patrick B. Coate .... film loader
Peter Colavito .... best boy electric: New York
Sharon Courtney .... video assist: second unit
Matt Cowan .... grip
John W. DeBlau .... gaffer
Wes Dixon .... electric intern
John Eschberger .... electrician
Robert Hicks .... grip
Donald R. Howe Jr. .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Chip Huntington .... grip
Eric Leigh .... electrician: New York
Todd McMullen .... camera operator
P.K. Munson .... first assistant camera
Deana Newcomb .... still photographer
Heather Page .... camera operator: "b" camera
Frank Parrish .... second assistant camera
Tom Percarpio .... gaffer: New York
Jeff Peterson .... electrician
Eric Pickett .... video assist operator
Van Redin .... still photographer
Peter D. Roome .... additional first assistant camera
Adam Drew Schwartz .... assistant camera
Pierson Silver .... assistant camera: New York
Peter Simonite .... key first assistant camera
Jesse Wolter .... grip
Casting Department
Kristen Paladino .... extras casting: New York
Julie Schubert .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Abbey .... key costumer
Stephany Baskin .... set costumer
Melanie Armstrong Fletcher .... costumer
Rhonney Greene .... set costumer: New York
Nyima Johnston .... set costumer
Kathy Kiatta .... costume supervisor
Aissatou Parks .... key costumer
Leeann Radeka .... set costumer
Tara Reimers .... assistant to costume designer
Autumn Saville .... assistant costume designer: New York
Joel Voorhies .... costumer: Ms. Bullock
Yvonne Wilburn .... costumer
Stephanie A. Steel .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Charles Herzfeld .... post facility supervisor
Joe Hobeck .... associate editor
Eric Lorenz .... assistant editor
Sandra Nash .... assistant editor
Josh Olive .... colorist: dailies
Chris Patterson .... assistant editor
Noëlle Penraat .... negative cutter
Tim Stipan .... digital colorist
Music Department
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Chris Cozens .... auricle control systems
Tony Finno .... music preparation
Richard King .... music scoring engineer
Michael Kosarin .... conductor
Sandra Park .... music contractor
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Rachel Portman .... orchestrator
Mark Rubin .... music consultant
Rob Schwimmer .... music arranger
Rob Schwimmer .... musician: piano
Timmy Olmstead .... score recordist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Monica Allen .... van driver
Sara Aronson .... driver: douglas mcgrath
Charles Coulter .... honeymoon driver
Greg Faucett .... transportation coordinator
Lonnie Nelson .... transportation captain
Russell E. Scott .... picture car coordinator
Steven Willhoite .... driver: production van
Other crew
Natalie Angel .... production coordinator
Andrea Ariel .... choreographer
John Arszyla .... construction medic
Alex Breen .... liaison: Killer Films
Francie Brown .... dialect coach: Ms. Bullock
Jenn Bubka .... production assistant: New York
Doug Carter .... production assistant
Eric Cheripka .... assistant property master: NY
Chika Chukudebelu .... executive
John P. Crowley .... location scout
Drew Dillard .... location manager
Colin Edlund .... key craft service
Erin Ferguson .... assistant: Anne Walker-McBay
Zach Freeman .... stand-in: Jeff Daniels
Pam Fuller .... script supervisor (as Pam Fuller Vasquez)
Don Gillespie .... payroll accountant
Kayse Goodell .... production assistant
Kater Gordon .... production assistant
Kater Gordon .... set production assistant: second unit
Jeff Guerrero .... additional set production assistant
Jose Angel Hernandez .... location scout
Geoffrey D. Hill .... stand-in: Toby Jones
Chris M. Jackson .... travel coordinator
Tatiana Jitkoff .... assistant: C. Vachon and J. Hayes
Dori Kancher .... assistant: Ms. Bullock
Larry F. Levenson .... location manager
Larry F. Levenson .... location scout
Sandy Lizaola-Hernandez .... physical production coordinator
Glen Moorman .... production assistant
Charles Mulford .... production assistant
Charles Mulford .... set intern
Molly Murray .... first assistant accountant
Edward A. Navarro .... craft service
Patrick J. Neese .... production assistant
Patrick J. Neese .... set intern
Laura Pendergrass .... production assistant
Joaquin Diego Prange .... location manager: New York
Karen Ramirez .... production secretary
Howard Samuelsohn .... dialect coach
Tracey Schaefer .... unit publicist (as Tracey Zemitis)
Max Sturgeon .... production assistant
Raigen Thornton .... on-set paramedic
Karen Wacker .... assistant production office coordinator
Laura A. Walker .... additional production assistant
Angela Ware .... stand-in: Isabella Rossellini
Jameson West .... production assistant
Jenni Wieland .... second assistant accountant
Loreto Caro-Valdes .... intern: production office (uncredited)
Geoffrey D. Hill .... hand double (uncredited)
Chad Steers .... assistant: Killer Films (uncredited)

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Rated R for language, violence and some sexuality
110 min | Canada:118 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Croatia:118 min (DVD)
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Did You Know?

Sigourney Weaver's first film role was in Annie Hall (1977), which also featured Truman Capote.See more »
Anachronisms: In a scene where Harper Lee and Capote are eating in Kansas, there is a menu with prices in the background. It includes a hamburger for $ 2.25. That is well above, more than double, the price of a hamburger meal in Kansas at the end of the fifties.See more »
Truman Capote:When you're talking to them, they seem like perfectly nice boys. To be frank, I'm much more concerned for my safety around Norman Mailer.See more »
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114 out of 144 people found the following review useful.
Capote in Kansas Redux; A very good film, but not quite up to "Capote", 11 October 2006
Author: ( from Portland, Oregon, United States

Writer-director Douglas McGrath's new film about Truman Capote and the creation of his most famous book, "In Cold Blood," is full of contradictions and contrasts when compared with its predecessor, the 2005 film "Capote," that covers the same five-year period. Perhaps this is fitting. There may be some justice in the fact that these two filmic accounts of how Capote researched material for his magnum opus disagree significantly in emphasis and purported events.

After all, Capote used fictional methods to embellish - some might say falsify - his journalistic reportage on the murders of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas, in 1959. If the screenplays for these two films tell differing stories of Capote's experience, does it matter if one is closer to the truth than the other? Or that we can't be sure - indeed, will never know - what actually occurred during many of the encounters between Capote, who was famous for fabricating yarns about his own life, and others out in Holcomb so long ago?

The films are each based on separate biographical accounts. "Capote" was adapted from Gerald Clarke's 1988 biography bearing the same title. "Infamous" is based on George Plimpton's 1997 book, "Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career," an account presented as a sequence of quotes from interviews Plimpton conducted with more than 150 people who knew Capote.

"Infamous" is far kinder to Capote than the earlier film, portraying him as quite clearly enamored of the killer Perry Smith (an ardor fully requited by Smith) and deeply anguished when Smith is executed. "Capote" depicts the author as more conniving, manipulative and disingenuous, willing to say or do anything to get Smith to spill his story, and withholding of possible interventions he - Capote - might have made to further delay or avert the executions of Smith and his accomplice, Dick Hickock.

In "Capote" the author's erotic attraction to Smith is more muted, hinted at, not acted upon. Indeed, "Infamous" is in general more explicit and direct in its portrayals, often more graphic if you will, than "Capote." Besides kisses and embraces between Capote and Smith, other scenes not covered in "Capote" include moments of violence when Smith virtually attacks Capote in his cell. We also witness the murders of the Clutters and Hickock's execution by hanging, including the protracted interval during which his body remains vertically suspended until he is finally declared dead by the attending physician.

There are other differences, for example, Capote's bid to establish rapport with the local Sheriff, Alvin Dewey, is depicted as much more problematic in "Infamous" than in "Capote." A plus for "Infamous" is its attention to Capote's relationships with a covey of New York society women known as his "swans," their adulation of him, his ability to coax them into sharing their secrets for his later use as gossip fodder. But, again, McGrath employs a graphic style to introduce us to these women, and several others in Capote's social circle, namely, the use of large white name titles as we first meet each, documentary style.

I find it impossible to resist comparing acting performances in the two productions. The more nuanced, oblique style of "Capote" is realized not only through its general avoidance of graphic scenes but in the greater subtlety of the two central actors' performances. In "Infamous," the English character actor Toby Jones physically resembles Capote more than does his counterpart in "Capote," Philip Seymour Hoffman. Both actors offer convincing personifications in voice and style. But I lean toward Hoffman's as the more complex, accomplished turn, characterized by critic Shawn Levy as "note-perfect." Levy goes on, "The wheezy laugh, the pain of work, the prying nature, the cold eye, the self-obsession, the ability to perform and ingratiate and wheedle - it's Capote you're watching up there…"

The brilliant English actor Daniel Craig gives a forceful, indeed galvanizing, performance as the killer, Perry Smith. But I think his mercurial, intensely melodramatic interpretation of his character is less convincing than his counterpart in "Capote," Clifton Collins, Jr. Collins's Smith is more introverted, by turns chilling or vulnerable to be sure, but for the most part quietly opaque, subdued, soulfully melancholic. For me this depiction is the more compelling and believable.

Other key performances are well delivered in both films: Catherine Keener ("Capote") and Sandra Bullock ("Infamous") as Harper Lee, though I liked Ms. Bullock's turn better; Chris Cooper ("Capote") and Jeff Daniels ("Infamous") as Sheriff Dewey. Capote's "swans" in "Infamous" are delightfully played by Sigourney Weaver, Juliet Stevenson, Hope Davis and Isabella Rossellini.

So we have two versions of the story of Capote's adventures in Kansas: both strong films, well cast, worthwhile. I think "Capote" is the better film because of its more subtle approach and the performances of the two central actors. As for realism in the interpretation of Truman Capote's character, perhaps the two portrayals taken together triangulate on the "real" Capote, a complex, convoluted personality as worthy of our sympathy as our contempt. My grades: 8/10 (high B+) (Seen on 10/10/06)

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