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The Good Liar (2019)

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Consummate con man Roy Courtnay has set his sights on his latest mark: the recently widowed Betty McLeish, worth millions. But this time, what should have been a simple swindle escalates into a cat-and-mouse game with the ultimate stakes.

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Bill Condon

Writers:

Nicholas Searle (based on the novel by), Jeffrey Hatcher (screenplay by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Betty McLeish
Ian McKellen ... Roy Courtnay
Russell Tovey ... Stephen
Jim Carter ... Vincent
Mark Lewis Jones ... Bryn
Laurie Davidson ... Hans Taub (1948)
Phil Dunster ... Roy Courtnay (1948)
Lucian Msamati ... Beni
Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson ... Vlad
Tunji Kasim ... Michael
Spike White ... Hans Taub (1943)
Stella Stocker ... Frau Schröder
Daniel Betts ... Herr Schröder
Nell Williams ... Lili
Celine Buckens ... Annalise
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Storyline

Career con artist Roy Courtnay (Sir Ian McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Dame Helen Mirren) on-line. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life. Written by New Line Cinema

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Read between the lies


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Rated R for some strong violence, and for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher previously wrote Mr. Holmes (2015), directed by Bill Condon and starring Sir Ian McKellen. See more »

Goofs

While Roy and Betty are at Slough railway station, a train in a partly purple livery speeds through. This is one of the new Elizabeth line trains, which are still (late 2019) running experimentally and did not exist in 2009, when the film was set. Roy also leaves on a GWR branded train, in 2009 this would have had a First Great Western livery, as the GWR brand didn't return until 2015. See more »

Quotes

Stephen: It seems like you've had quite a past.
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Connections

Features Inglourious Basterds (2009) See more »

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Crack It
Written by Dan Wilberforce and Jeryl Wilton
Performed by Cutline
Courtesy of Ninja Tune
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Too Far Fetched
18 November 2019 | by janetta-dalton-sedgwickSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this for about two thirds of the way through, then it just became too far fetched to be believable so was disappointing.


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Release Date:

15 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Good Liar See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,605,051, 17 November 2019

Gross USA:

$17,156,058

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,856,058
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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