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JT LeRoy (2018)

Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (original title)
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A young woman named Savannah Knoop spends six years pretending to be the celebrated author JT LeRoy, the made-up literary persona of her sister-in-law.


Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly, Savannah Knoop (memoir) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Stewart ... Savannah
Laura Dern ... Laura
Jim Sturgess ... Geoff
Diane Kruger ... Eva
Kelvin Harrison Jr. ... Sean
James Jagger ... Ben
Courtney Love ... Sasha
David Lawrence Brown ... Bruce (as Dave Brown)
Alicia Johnston ... Isabelle
Eric Plamondon Eric Plamondon ... Gaspard
Craig Haas ... Ennio
Adam Hurtig ... Darren
Will Woytowich ... Cassian
Bobby Robidoux Bobby Robidoux ... Elliot
Sarah Constible ... Bookstore Manager


A young woman named Savannah Knoop spends six years pretending to be the celebrated author JT LeRoy, the made-up literary persona of her sister-in-law.

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Based on the incredible true lie


Biography | Drama

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Rated R for language throughout, sexual content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


The film adaptation of JT LeRoy's novel is actually The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004). The character of Eva, played by Diane Kruger in the film, is based upon actress Asia Argento. See more »


In multiple shots, the Bay Bridge can be seen illuminated with artist Leo Villareal's installation "The Bay Lights". This installation was installed early January 2013 and opened officially March 2013. The film is set in the late 1990s/early 2000s and as such the work would not have been installed on the bridge. See more »


Laura: You're as much a part of JT as me.
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Never Seems to Gel Into a Powerful Drama
19 August 2019 | by larrys3See all my reviews

I watched this film not knowing anything about the books of Laura Albert or the true hoax that she partnered with Savannah Knoop to create. This movie is based on Knoop's memoirs and I thought it was a layered and complex film that never seemed to work the way the filmmakers intended it to.

Laura Dern is, as usual, terrific in her role as Albert. I really like the understated acting of Kristen Stewart, as a rule, but she's just too low-key here and against the overbearing and manipulative character of Dern's it just gets annoying to watch after a while. Kelvin Harrison Jr. shines in a supporting role and Diane Kruger is excellent here as well.

As I read, there's at least 1 doc on this whole affair so I may very well check that out and compare it to the movie. Overall, I can't say exactly why but I felt there was much more to this true story than what was given to us on screen.

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Release Date:

12 August 2019 (UK) See more »

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada See more »


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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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