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While researching his novel "In Cold Blood", Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith.

Director:

Douglas McGrath

Writers:

Douglas McGrath (screenplay), George Plimpton (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sigourney Weaver ... Babe Paley
Toby Jones ... Truman Capote
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Kitty Dean
Sandra Bullock ... Nelle Harper Lee
Isabella Rossellini ... Marella Agnelli
Peter Bogdanovich ... Bennett Cerf
Rey Arteaga Rey Arteaga ... El Morocco Band
Jeff Daniels ... Alvin Dewey
Daniel Craig ... Perry Smith
Justin Sherburn Justin Sherburn ... El Morocco Band
Andrew Halbreich Andrew Halbreich ... El Morocco Band
Juliet Stevenson ... Diana Vreeland
Michael Panes ... Gore Vidal
Hope Davis ... Slim Keith
Frank G. Curcio ... William Shawn (as Frank Curcio)
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Storyline

On November 16, 1959, Truman Capote reads about the murder of a Kansas family. There are no suspects. With Harper Lee, he visits the town: he wants to write about their response. First he must get locals to talk, then, after arrests, he must gain access to the prisoners. One talks constantly; the other, Perry Smith, says little. Capote is implacable, wanting the story, believing this book will establish a new form of reportage: he must figure out what Perry wants. Their relationship becomes something more than writer and character: Perry killed in cold blood, the state will execute him in cold blood; does Capote get his story through cold calculation, or is there a price for him to pay? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language, violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Every Word Is True See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$452,966, 15 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,150,403, 17 December 2006
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1.85 : 1
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Douglas McGrath heard a story about the real Diane Vreeland making her maid iron the money. He liked that so much, that he included it in the movie. See more »

Goofs

Razor ribbon shown on the prison walls and fences was not invented until the late 1960s. See more »

Quotes

Perry Smith: What is punishment? Being in jail isn't punishment, if you didn't like it on the outside. And neither is death, if it was painful to live.
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Jingle Bells
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Performed by Mitch Miller
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Tender and Terrible
30 September 2006 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"There will be time to murder and create." T.S. Eliot's Prufrock

Truman Capote described murderer Perry Smith as between the "tender and the terrible." Such may be said about writer/director Douglas McGrath's superior Infamous, a tale of Truman Capote's (Toby Jones) love affair with his innovative novelization, In Cold Blood, and its protagonist,Perry Smith (Daniel Graig). The tender is Capote's love of his female friends, especially Harper Lee (Sandra Bullock) and Smith (DanielCraig), and the terrible slaughter of the Kansas farm family in 1959 by Smith and friend Dick Hickock (Lee Pace).

Inevitable as accusing Toby Jones of only imitating Capote is the comparison with Philip Seymour Hoffman's Oscar performance of the titular author in Capote (1955). Jones's turn is more complex than Hoffman's, alternating between Capote's imaginative connection with the crime and his growing respect, even love, for Smith. In fact, the well-known love between the men is avoided in Capote but highlighted in Infamous.

I was hooked in the first sequence, when Gwyneth Paltrow as Peggy Lee sings "What is this thing called love?" and breaks down in apparent awareness of her own losses. The song, perfect for the themes of the film, and the film's score carry a melancholy with them that McGrath captures in Tru's constantly frustrated search for truth and love and Lee's inability to pen another novel after her Pulitzer-Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird. For that matter, Capote never completes a significant piece after that himself.

Last year's Capote seemed centered on the conflict in Truman over whether or not he was exploiting Smith to get a story and then never fully engaging a campaign to free them. This year's Infamous (a poor title regardless of it double artistic appropriateness) is more interested in Truman's struggle to write a new kind of fiction (docudrama) and his true affection for Smith. Infamous fleshes out the story and the fabulous artist whose "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "In Cold Blood" are cultural staples of 20th century life.


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