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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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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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Trivia

The third non-comedic film starring Jonah Hill, after Moneyball (2011). See more »

Goofs

During the courtroom scene, Christian's ex boss explains that she last saw him on December 17th, which the lawyer points out as being the day after the murders, the next witness then states that he last saw him on December 19th, the lawyer says that this is two days after the murder, which would mean the murder took place on the 17th. See more »

Quotes

Michael Finkel: It's not easy to relate to someone accused of four murders, but everybody understands a child needing a toy.
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Jonah Hill Performances (2016) See more »

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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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boring film made very well
31 July 2015 | by MikesIDhasbeentakenSee all my reviews

if you'd asked me to rate this half way through, i'd say it was at least 8 or 9, everything was well done, a well made film that had you guessing and the cast was great...

but then you realise there was no clever ending, no twist, no moment where all the pieces come together... unfortunately, at the title suggests, this is a true story, and the reality is there is no real story to tell.

really disappointing, missed opportunity in my opinion as the cast was perfect, the tension was built up, the filming was so well done... for nothing.

True stories... are often boring, people argue that 'that's what really happened'... that's fine but many things happen, every day, they just don't need multi million pound films made about them.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

17 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Warwick, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,950,214, 19 April 2015

Gross USA:

$4,719,695

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,261,595
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1.85 : 1
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