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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)
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Cast

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 ... 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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Details

Official Sites:

Serendipity Point Films

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 USA:

$234,461, 9 October 2005

Gross USA:

$872,142

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,477,678
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

When Maureen is in the bathtub talking to her girlfriend on the telephone, modern-day blow-molded plastic shampoo bottles can be seen on the ledge of the tub behind her. See more »

Quotes

Lanny Morris: Having to be a nice guy is the toughest job in the world when you're not.
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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

You Know, You Know
(1971)
Performed by The Mahavishnu Orchestra
Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
Composed by John McLaughlin
(c) Warner/Chappell North America Ltd.
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
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This film wants to be too much at the same time
23 January 2006 | by rubenmSee all my reviews

In enjoyed most of Egoyan's movies very much, but I was disappointed by Where The Truth Lies. I got the impression the film wants to be too much at the same time. There is no real focus while the story swerves from the fifties to the seventies, and from Los Angeles to New York to Miami. It's a historical portrait about Hollywood in the fifties, but also a psychological drama and a whodunit at the same time. This movie could have been great if it restricted itself to one of those genres. I kept wondering what Egoyan wanted to tell us - except who killed Maureen O'Flaherty. Maybe he wanted to tell us only that, but in that case the movie could have been a lot less complex. What annoyed me most was the completely improbable plot. A corpse in a lobster crate, mixed-up identities, secret letters from unknown senders, blackmail threats - that's so Agatha Christie! And I wonder if anyone felt not disappointed after the ridiculous ending.


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