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True Story (2015)

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When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo - who has taken on Finkel's identity - his investigation morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse.

Director:

Rupert Goold

Writers:

Rupert Goold (screenplay by), David Kajganich (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonah Hill ... Michael Finkel
James Franco ... Christian Longo
Felicity Jones ... Jill Barker
Maria Dizzia ... MaryJane Longo
Ethan Suplee ... Pat Frato
Conor Kikot Conor Kikot ... Zach Longo
Charlotte Driscoll Charlotte Driscoll ... Sadie Longo
Stella Rae Payne Stella Rae Payne ... Madison Longo
Robert John Burke ... Greg Ganley
Byron Jennings ... Judge Odenkirk
Gretchen Mol ... Karen Hannen
Betty Gilpin ... Cheryl Frank
Seth Barrish ... Blaise
Robert Stanton ... Jeffrey Gregg
Michael Countryman ... Coroner
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Storyline

Jonah Hill plays Michael Finkel, a recently terminated New York Times journalist who's struggling for work after a story gone wrong. One day, he receives a phone call from a man regarding an FBI Most Wanted individual named Christian Longo, who's been captured and claimed to be living as Finkel. Longo and Finkel meet and form a potentially marriage shattering bond while Longo is in prison awaiting his trial. Finkel exchanges journalism tips for the real events behind Longo's alleged heinous acts of murdering his family. Through the twists and turns in the movie, only at the end will Finkel uncover the True Story. Written by Mayor_G

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Some stories are beyond belief


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some disturbing material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Ibo

Release Date:

17 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A História Verdadeira See more »

Filming Locations:

Warwick, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,930,000, 19 April 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,715,819, 31 May 2015
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sparky's Diner, located in Garnerville, New York, has been owned and operated by the same family for over 40 years. Since this film, it has been used as a shoot location for several other movies and TV shows, such as Billions, and Rise. From various angles, pictures of family members and patrons can been seen on the walls. See more »

Goofs

Christian and his wife were Jehova's Witnesses, yet in the teddy bear story, he tells Mike of not being able to give his children gifts for their birthdays, which is why he "passes down" the bear. Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in celebrating birthdays, or other holidays, with gifts or otherwise. See more »

Quotes

Jill Barker: I thought you'd be taller.
Christian Longo: What?
Jill Barker: I don't know, maybe because he looks up to you.
Christian Longo: No, I look up to him.
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Soundtracks

Se La Mia Morte Brami
Written by Carlo Gesualdo
Performed by Delitiae Musicae
Conducted by Marco Longhini
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q
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slow but fair
9 August 2015 | by MattyAndAnnikaSee all my reviews

True Story (2015) is a very slow and eerie story yet it is also a well worth seeing movie. It is hard to actually review or grade a movie that is based on a true story given that all movies that are based on true stories are merely based on the idea of the story and driven towards what of it they may manipulate to make it sell-able. This movie "True Story (2015)" being based on the book and/or based on a true story for the most part the movie was well done. The actors selected for the cast were great in their roles and I think were properly picked. The story "somewhat" of the book's version was fairly molded into film, and for the most part I think the film was good.

This movie does start out slow and dry sort of like "Dead Man Walking" but it does keep your attention fairly well. True Story (2015) is worth checking out if you're a fan of this genre.


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