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Where the Truth Lies (2005)

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Karen O'Connor, a young journalist known for her celebrity profiles, is consumed with discovering the truth behind a long-buried incident that affected the lives and careers of showbiz team Vince Collins and Lanny Morris.

Director:

Atom Egoyan

Writers:

Atom Egoyan (screenplay), Rupert Holmes (novel)
2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Lanny
Colin Firth ... Vince
Alison Lohman ... Karen
David Hayman ... Reuben
Rachel Blanchard ... Maureen
Maury Chaykin ... Sally Sanmarco
Sonja Bennett ... Bonnie
Kristin Adams ... Alice
Deborah Grover Deborah Grover ... Mrs. O'Flaherty
Beau Starr ... Jack Scaglia
Arsinée Khanjian ... Publishing Executive
Gabrielle Rose ... Publishing Executive
Don McKellar ... Publishing Executive
David Hemblen ... NY Hotel Concierge
John Moraitis John Moraitis ... Irv Fleischman
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Storyline

Karen O'Connor tells the story about two distinct but related periods in her life. In 1972, she is an up-and-coming Los Angeles based journalist who has been given the lucrative assignment of convincing once successful comic Vince Collins, who is at the tail end of his career, to allow her to ghost write his memoirs. Most specifically, she has the task from her publishers of discovering the reason behind two issues in Vince's life from 1957: why he and his former on-stage partner Lanny Morris, who is still active and well known within the entertainment business, broke up their professional partnership shortly after they hosted a successful thirty-nine hour telethon for polio research in Miami, there not having been any indication of problems between the two before that; and how did the dead body of Maureen O'Flaherty end up in the water filled bathtub in Vince and Lanny's New Jersey hotel suite, the opening of that New Jersey hotel owned by mobster Sally Sanmarco which was Lanny and ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

7 October 2005 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Where the Truth Lies See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

CAD 184,496 (Canada), 9 October 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,726, 16 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$871,527, 27 November 2005
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

An important plot twist, part of the reason the film was given an NC-17 rating in the U.S., is revealed in the documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006). See more »

Goofs

The dates given in the movie are inconsistent. The telethon takes place Veterans Day weekend, November, 1957. It is stated that telethon finished on noon that Sunday, which, according to the calendar, would be November 10th. However the date on the room service bill signed the previous afternoon for Maureen is also dated November 10th. And when the duo are asked to open the New Jersey night club on November 15th, they respond they can't because that is the next day after the telethon ... and that date is inconsistent with both the calendar and the room service bill. See more »

Quotes

Karen: [narrating] He had taken her life, and with that, her mother's heart, and her father's mind, and now, all that remained of Maureen was a tree in her mother's garden.
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Alternate Versions

In the United States, the MPAA cut the film for an R rating. However, the original uncut version was later released unrated on DVD. Some international versions, including the UK version, are the original uncut version. See more »


Soundtracks

Josephine, Please No Lean on the Bell
(1945)
Performed by Louis Prima
Courtesy of Jasmine Records
Composed by Duke Leonard / Edward G. Nelson (as Ed Nelson) / Harry Pease
(c) Chappell & Co.
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
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Sex, Drugs, (not so much Rock & Roll) and a Mystery....
13 September 2005 | by galasiusSee all my reviews

Another great work by Atom Egoyan, based on the novel by Rupert Holmes.

Knowing a little about the plot before seeing the film my big question/concern was "Kevin Bacon"? Going in I just didn't see Bacon in such a roll. But it didn't take long before Egoyan's primary cast selection (including Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth, and Alison Lohman) was clearly calculated and well thought.

Some might call this Egoyan's 'most mainstream' work to date, but it retains many of the qualities we've come to expect from him. The screenplay was precisely developed to provide a great pace to the story, and to provide little 'bits and pieces' of key information just when you need them. It doesn't give the truth away too early, yet when the secret is finally revealed it's accompanied by a sense of "I should have seen that coming".

This film does deal with some 'touchy' cinematic subjects including sex and drug use. What should be truly disturbing is the murder in question, but 'simple' murder is accepted in film without a second thought.

The screening I saw was the 'uncut' version of the film. There has apparently been some controversy surrounding some of the films content, so I don't know whether this is the version the movie-going public will eventually see in mass-market theatres. It contained some pretty graphic sex, but it wasn't gratuitous - it served a purpose in the development of the characters and story. These scenes, while clearly not suitable for a younger audience, belong in this film.

An excellent film, as most have come to expect from Egoyan.


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