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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 soon begins to tell lies in order maintain the friendship and the newfound status.

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Guy Ferland

Writer:

Joe Eszterhas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Billy Magic
Brad Renfro ... Karchy 'Chucky' Jonas
Maximilian Schell ... Dr. Istvan Jonas
Calista Flockhart ... Diney Majeski
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
Tony Devon ... Danny Hogan
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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Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for sex related situations | See all certifications »
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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$252,318, 16 November 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Brad Renfro and Kevin Bacon appeared in Sleepers (1996). 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

Billy Magic: I woke up in the morning, went to take a piss, looked down, and all I saw was teeth marks.
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Night Train
Performed by The Viscounts
Written by Washington, Simpkins, Forrest
Courtesy of Madison Records
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Pathetic, no; bad... no; good... definatly not
2 September 1999 | by millennia-2See all my reviews

Kevin Bacon is the best thing about this film. He can play any

type of role, barely human (Murder in the First), a small-time

crook (The River Wild) or a twisted DJ (Telling Lies in

America). Here he is believable and puts in a good performance.

Brad Renfro also does well in his role, but isn't very

convincing. Two problems.

1.) He comes from Hungary, but has no accent, and sounds like he

came from New York

2.) Age. A year before this was filmed, he co-starred in The

Cure. There he played an 11 year old, and looked too old. Here

he plays a 17 year old, and looks too young for the role.

The other highlight is Maximillian Schell (I doubt I spelled

his name right). He is fourth billed as Renfro's Hungarian

father and is dead-on. Why Joe Esterhaus (Spelling error?) is

America's top paid screenwriter will never be known. He writes

lame scripts that deserve to be thrown away, but are instead

made into big-budget movies like this one.

+ (GOOD THINGS) 1.) Kevin Bacon's performance 2.) Maximillian

Schell's performance 3.) Plot line

  • (BAD THINGS) 1.) Pretty well everything else


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