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Why Would I Lie? (1980)

Cletus is a compulsive liar. He prefers the term 'fabrication' to lie though. When Cletus becomes a social worker he's assigned the case of a boy called Jorge (with a 'J') who was taken ... See full summary »

Director:

Larry Peerce

Writers:

Hollis Hodges (novel), Peter Stone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Treat Williams ... Cletus
Lisa Eichhorn ... Kay
Gabriel Macht ... Jeorge (as Gabriel Swann)
Susan Heldfond Susan Heldfond ... Amy
Anne Byrne Hoffman ... Faith
Valerie Curtin ... Mrs. Bok
Jocelyn Brando ... Mrs. Crumpe
Nicolas Coster ... Walter
Severn Darden ... Dr. Barbour
Sonny Carl Davis ... Paul
Jane Burkett Jane Burkett ... Natalie
Kay Cummings Kay Cummings ... Edith
Mia Bendixsen Mia Bendixsen ... Thelma
Ilene Kristen ... Waitress
Harriet Gibson Harriet Gibson ... Mary Kalinsky
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Storyline

Cletus is a compulsive liar. He prefers the term 'fabrication' to lie though. When Cletus becomes a social worker he's assigned the case of a boy called Jorge (with a 'J') who was taken from his mother. Cletus sets out to reunite Jorge with his mother, but to do so he has to fabricate many a story to keep Jorge from being adopted. In search of the mother, Cletus meets and falls in love with a women's advice councillor. Written by Rob Hartill

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This Picture is Romantic, Outrageous, and Completely Contagious! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trust Me See more »

Filming Locations:

Spokane, Washington, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,473, 10 August 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,175,855
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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great movie
26 May 2007 | by wcb_oneSee all my reviews

"Why Would I Lie" is definitely #1 in my top 10 list. This movie an inspirational in my life. In 1980 my ex took my 5 year old son and disappeared. I spent 13 years tracking them down. We were reunited in 1993 after finding a graduation notice from his high school. The meaning of the biblical story of the prodigal son suddenly became crystal clear to me on that day. I believe that if I had never heard of "Jorge, with a J" I would probably have never seen my son again. It made me realize that family is the most important aspect of living in this world. If anyone knows where to obtain a copy, please let me know where. I would love to share it with my son. As usual, it fell by the wayside because of a bunch of self righteous "critics". It"s always frustrating when people fail to appreciate the entertainment and inspirational value of someone else's creation. Anyone who enjoyed this great movie is is truly a real human being. I'd be willing to bet you liked "The Magic Christian" as well.


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