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Telling Lies in America (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 15 October 1997 (USA)
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A loner befriends a local celebrity, Billy Magic, but he soon begins to tell lies in order to maintain the friendship and the newfound status.

Director:

Guy Ferland

Writer:

Joe Eszterhas
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Billy Magic
Brad Renfro ... Karchy 'Chucky' Jonas
Maximilian Schell ... Dr. Istvan Jonas
Calista Flockhart ... Diney Majeski
Tony Devon ... Danny Hogan
Paul Dooley ... Father Norton
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Kevin Boyle
Luke Wilson ... Henry
Damen Fletcher Damen Fletcher ... Amos 'Blood Smith'
Jerry Swindall Jerry Swindall ... Andy 'Croak' Stas
K.K. Dodds ... Justine
James Kisicki James Kisicki ... Cecil Simms
J.J. Horna J.J. Horna ... The Blind Kid
Ben Saypol Ben Saypol ... Timmy Morelli
Rohn Thomas ... Sgt. Disapri
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Storyline

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 <Aya704@hotmail.com>

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Dress sharp. Drive fast. Look cool. Laugh last. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex related situations | See all certifications »
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Diney Majeski: Why you got to show off so much?
Karchy Jonas: Cause I ain't got that much to show.
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Soundtracks

(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
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Worshiping the wrong idol .............
14 December 2010 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Magic Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,470, 19 October 1997

Gross USA:

$318,809

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$318,809
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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