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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.


Bill Condon


Nicholas Searle (based on the novel by), Jeffrey Hatcher (screenplay by)
1,683 ( 391)
4 nominations. See more awards »





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


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Sir Ian McKellen and Jim Carter appeared in Richard III (1995), which was co-written by McKellen. See more »


in 2009, Stephen tells Betty and Roy he is going to Spandau Prison to do research. Spandau Prison was demolished, literally ground to dust, and dumped at sea in 1987 to forestall neo-Nazis from turning it into a shrine. A shopping mall was built on the land. See more »


Betty McLeish: And that umbrella looks as though it's seen better days.
Roy Courtnay: That's seen me through the war.
Betty McLeish: Yes, on the losing side by the looks of it.
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References Inglourious Basterds (2009) See more »


Where or When
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Performed by Ray Heatherton & His Orchestra
Courtesy of Cleopatra Records
By arrangement with The Orchard
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Unpredictable but not in a good way
20 November 2019 | by Chance_Boudreaux19See all my reviews

The film is pretty decent overall and I certainly wasn't bored at any point whilst watching it, however it kind of falls apart at the end. That's due to the events that occur towards the very end of the movie which are totally unpredictable. Often times it's great to be surprised but sometimes the surprise can be a let down as is the case with this film. As I was watching the twist unfold I was totally dumbfounded because nothing prepares you for it and there's absolutely no way anyone could predict that would happen. It's definitely not one of those movies in which you can piece together how it will end so don't even try. I went along with the twist as it happened but the more I though about it I simply did not like it and found it to be dumb and utterly unbelievable. The movie already had a lot of moments up until that point that asked me to suspend my disbelief but that was simply too much. However, overall I still enjoyed the movie but had it ended differently without the surprise I probably would've ended up giving it a 7.

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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 »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,605,051, 17 November 2019

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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