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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.

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Rupert Goold

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

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USA

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English | Ibo

Release Date:

17 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A História Verdadeira See more »

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Warwick, New York, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$4,715,819, 31 May 2015
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Second collaboration of actors James Franco and Jonah Hill, after This Is the End (2013). See more »

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In his Montana home in 2002 Mike Finkel has an iMac with aluminum body. This design was not available until 2007. Also he is using a Macbook no older than a 2008 model. See more »

Quotes

Michael Finkel: I'm a liar? You stole my identity!
Christian Longo: I was in Mexico, who else was I supposed to choose?
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Faithful and True
Written by Richard Myhill
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An unlikely friendship.
26 April 2015 | by PWNYCNYSee all my reviews

The issue of journalistic integrity comes to the fore in this excellent story about two men who form an unlikely and bizarre friendship. Both men are emotionally damaged, both have had run-ins with authority and each identifies with the other. That one is disgraced journalist and the other a mass murderer makes the story even more intense. The movie brings out how emotions can distort reasoning and cause people to project all kinds of feelings onto another until truth becomes blurred. It is the blurring of the truth that takes place here. The movie does an outstanding job of showing how, in defiance of the intense pressure that was being applied to both men to end their communications, the friendship evolves. It occurs in stages. The details of how it happens and how it effects both men is what this movie is about. Jonah Hill and James Franco are outstanding in their respective roles as the journalist and the mass murderer. For further details, watch the movie.


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