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A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he'll stop at nothing to be with.

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Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven becomes open about his homosexuality and decides to live life to the fullest - even if it means breaking the law. Steven's new, extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt and often succeed at one impossible con after another. Written by The Film Catalogue

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Rated R for sexual content including strong dialogue, and language | See all certifications »

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10 February 2010 (France)  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$112,520 (USA) (3 December 2010)

Gross:

$2,035,566 (USA) (8 April 2011)
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Had already made more than US$18 million internationally (exceeding its US$13 million budget) before it opened in the United States. See more »

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When Steven Russell is working at the deli, the customer pays with a newer five dollar bill that wasn't introduced until Series 1999. The film takes place in the early or mid 1990s. See more »

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Phillip Morris: You fucker!
Steven Russell: I know. I'm sorry. You weren't supposed to find out.
Phillip Morris: Well, I did.
Steven Russell: I couldn't take a chance telling you. You know that. I couldn't. But, Phillip, I only did it just so I could get here to you. I did it so I could talk again. And here I am.
Phillip Morris: You're so skinny.
Steven Russell: I'm fine. Just hungry.
Phillip Morris: Steven, I don't...
Steven Russell: Wait, listen. I just came here to tell you one thing, and that's it. You don't have to take me back. I just want to say one thing. I know you think that we were nothing but a lie, but ...
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The very end of the credits has a list of Thank Yous. The last two items on the list are Redbull and Xanax. See more »

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Help Me Make It Through the Night
Performed by Sammi Smith
Written by Kris Kristofferson
Published by Combine Music Corp. (BMI)
Under licensing from Dominion Entertainment, Inc., a K-Tel Company
By arrangement with Fine Gold Music LLC
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Stranger (And More Human) Than Fiction
15 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Certain images and moments of this stunning surprise come to visit me in the middle of my day. Phillip Morris has become someone to me. Someone I crave to revisit. Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor create, not merely a novelty but a revolution of sorts. They took what is still a taboo and gave it a human, a truly human face. The story seems a recreation of Spielberg's "Catch me if you Can" or Robert Mulligan's "The Great Impostor" but "I love You Philip Morris" has a life all of its own. Jim Carrey uses what made him famous to present us with a unique, true character, in all its complexities, contradictions and depth. It is a staggering performance that will make me look at this actor from now own under a new light and with oodles of renewed respect. Ewan McGregor comes back to renew his early promise with a character of such tender honesty that I'm sure will re-open the book of his career with a brand new, brilliant chapter.


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