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Karchy (Brad Renfro) is a boy in school who has moved from Hungary to America in the 1960s. He is struggling in school and trying to adjust to America's culture. He then hears about a radio DJ, Billy Magic (Kevin Bacon), who holds a contest for a Student Hall of Fame every week. When Karchy finally wins after several weeks, he spends more time with Billy Magic...a man with money, girls, and glam. Karchy thinks that, by spending time with Magic, he can become "cool". He then starts telling lies, to make himself seem greater than he really is. But when his lies begin hurting the people he cares about, he realizes that it isn't worth telling lies if it affects your friends. Afterwards, he learns to accept himself for the person he is, and gives up lying. And as for Billy Magic, it turns out that he pays his price for all the lies that he has told as well....Written by
According to Joe Eszterhas in his book, "Hollywood Animal", he wrote the script for this film in the early eighties and spent years trying to sell it. Then his wife read it and suggested that he should increase the role of Karchy's father, who was "too much in the background". Eszterhas followed her advice and re-wrote the script, changing the original title "Magic Man" to "Telling Lies in America", so it would look like a brand new script. Director Guy Ferland eventually read it and committed to do it as he was willing to do a "coming of age" film. See more »
About two-thirds through the movie, when Karchy picks his girlfriend up at the store after (her) work, they walk down a handicap wheelchair ramp which didn't exist in the 1960's. See more »
(You've Got) The Magic Touch
Performed by The Platters
Written by Buck Ram
Courtesy of Pair Records
By Arrangement with Polygram Film and TV Licensing See more »
Worshiping the wrong idol .............
Brad Renfro is sucked into the glitzy world of ego maniacal disc jockey Billy Magic, Kevin Bacon. It is Cleveland, 1961, and Bacon finds Renfro the perfect patsy for assisting him in a payola racket. I could have done without the melodramatic subplot of Renfro and his Father, Maximilian Schell, sweating their Citizenship Papers, as it merely detracts from the main story. The 60s atmosphere is well done, with some great cars and an outstanding soundtrack. I wish the movie had focused more on Bacon's corrupt character, because the supporting cast, other than Calista Flockheart, as a love interest, is mostly wasted. - MERK
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