6.3/10
35,662
97 user 156 critic

True Story (2015)

Trailer
2:31 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $12.99 on Amazon Video

ON TV
When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo - who has taken on Finkel's identity - his investigation morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
852 ( 36)
3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Self/less (2015)
Action | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A dying real estate mogul transfers his consciousness into a healthy young body, but soon finds that neither the procedure nor the company that performed it are quite what they seem.

Director: Tarsem Singh
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode
Dark Places (2015)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Libby Day was only eight years old when her family was brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. Almost thirty years later, she reluctantly agrees to revisit the crime and uncovers the wrenching truths that led up to that tragic night.

Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Stars: Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks
Child 44 (2015)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A disgraced member of the Russian military police investigates a series of child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.

Director: Daniel Espinosa
Stars: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace
Dope (2015)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who's surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.

Director: Rick Famuyiwa
Stars: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons
Run All Night (2015)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Mobster and hit man Jimmy Conlon has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie: with his estranged son, Mike, whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire, who wants Mike to pay for the death of his own son.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Stars: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman
Action | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When retired East End villain Charlie Archer is murdered by a feral street gang, his brother Ritchie returns to London from Spain to investigate.

Director: Sacha Bennett
Stars: Ian Ogilvy, Alison Doody, Christopher Ellison
Southpaw (2015)
Action | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Wills to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services.

Director: Antoine Fuqua
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence
99 Homes (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A recently unemployed single father struggles to get back his foreclosed home by working for the real estate broker who is the source of his frustration.

Director: Ramin Bahrani
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern
Spy (2015)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.

Director: Paul Feig
Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law
Trainwreck (2015)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.

Director: Judd Apatow
Stars: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson
Focus II (2015)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In the midst of veteran con man Nicky's latest scheme, a woman from his past - now an accomplished femme fatale - shows up and throws his plans for a loop.

Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Stars: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro
Paper Towns (2015)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After an all night adventure, Quentin's life-long crush, Margo, disappears, leaving behind clues that Quentin and his friends follow on the journey of a lifetime.

Director: Jake Schreier
Stars: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Pat Frato
Conor Kikot ...
Zach Longo
Charlotte Driscoll ...
Sadie Longo
Stella Rae Payne ...
Madison Longo
...
Greg Ganley
...
Judge Odenkirk
...
Karen Hannen
...
Cheryl Frank
...
Blaise
...
Jeffrey Gregg
...
Coroner
Edit

Storyline

Jonah Hill plays Michael Finkel, a recently terminated New York Times journalist who's struggling for work after a story gone wrong. One day, he receives a phone call from a man regarding an FBI Most Wanted individual named Christian Longo, who's been captured and claimed to be living as Finkel. Longo and Finkel meet and form a potentially marriage shattering bond while Longo is in prison awaiting his trial. Finkel exchanges journalism tips for the real events behind Longo's alleged heinous acts of murdering his family. Through the twists and turns in the movie, only at the end will Finkel uncover the True Story. Written by Mayor_G

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Some stories are beyond belief


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some disturbing material | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

17 April 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A História Verdadeira  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,950,214 (USA) (17 April 2015)

Gross:

$4,715,819 (USA) (29 May 2015)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The scene where Jonah Hill punches the bathroom stall was improvised. He actually ended up hurting his hand and had to go the the hospital afterwards, but ended up just being a slight bruised bone. See more »

Goofs

When Jill visits Christian she plays him some music from an Iphone 3GS, a 2009 model. The movie takes place in 2002-2003, until 2007 Iphone didn't exist. See more »

Quotes

Pat Frato: You talked to him?
Michael Finkel: I met him.
Pat Frato: Why?
Michael Finkel: I wanted to hear his side of the story.
Pat Frato: I'm not sure Christian Longo deserves to have his story heard.
Michael Finkel: Everybody deserves to have their story heard.
See more »


Soundtracks

Sonata in F Moll Op.57 (Appassionata), Andante Con Moto, Allegro Ma Non Troppo Presto
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Eliska Novotná-Gazdová
Courtesy of The Savoy Label Group, LLC / Selectracks, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An unlikely friendship.
26 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The issue of journalistic integrity comes to the fore in this excellent story about two men who form an unlikely and bizarre friendship. Both men are emotionally damaged, both have had run-ins with authority and each identifies with the other. That one is disgraced journalist and the other a mass murderer makes the story even more intense. The movie brings out how emotions can distort reasoning and cause people to project all kinds of feelings onto another until truth becomes blurred. It is the blurring of the truth that takes place here. The movie does an outstanding job of showing how, in defiance of the intense pressure that was being applied to both men to end their communications, the friendship evolves. It occurs in stages. The details of how it happens and how it effects both men is what this movie is about. Jonah Hill and James Franco are outstanding in their respective roles as the journalist and the mass murderer. For further details, watch the movie.


25 of 40 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Continued contact CollegeMovieFreak
The wife? Jill... dissipating
I really tried to take it seriously sheltiknong
Who was in charge of casting for this film le-fantome
TRUE STORY: If you keep digging, you'll find out. evangello_cyedel
What's to hate? ryanwheatleydesigns
Discuss True Story (2015) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?