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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Billy Magic
... Karchy 'Chucky' Jonas
... Dr. Istvan Jonas
... Diney Majeski
... Father Norton
... Kevin Boyle
... Henry
Damen Fletcher ... Amos 'Blood Smith'
Jerry Swindall ... Andy 'Croak' Stas
... Justine
James Kisicki ... Cecil Simms
J.J. Horna ... The Blind Kid
Ben Saypol ... Timmy Morelli
... Danny Hogan
... 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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15 October 1997 (USA)  »

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The Magic Man  »

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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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Trivia

Reunites Brad Renfro and Kevin Bacon who previously starred together in Sleepers (1996). See more »

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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

Karchy Jonas: [sing while combing his hair] Hey, hey, what do you say... Karchy Jonas is coming your way...
Karchy Jonas: ...How are you darlin'?
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Sleepwalk
Performed by Santo & Johnny
Written by Johnny Farina, Santo Farina, Ann Farina, Donald Wolf
Courtesy of Dominion Entertainment, Inc.
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The "Rodney Dangerfield" of "Coming of Age" Movies
30 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

Why this little gem didn't get major studio distribution is a real mystery. One terrific performance (Kevin Bacon)four very good ones (Maxmillian Schell, Calista Flockhart, Paul Dooley)and a solid, if not totally convincing one from Brad Renfro (where's the TRACE of an accent?) coupled with a right on script by Joe Eszterhas (rarely has the era been so well captured) makes for a surprisingly entertaining and accessible movie. No where does the movie cop out. The ending is convincing and slightly bittersweet. The dilemmas faced by the underpaid, exploited disc jockeys (in fact, most members of the musical profession) of the era is thoroughly examined. This is a great movie. Can you believe I got it as a bonus with my DVD MPEG Decoder card?

Hey, see it for the CARS if nothing else?


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