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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)
1,118 ( 292)
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?


Though Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Ian McKellen star together for the first time in a movie, they had previously done a play together called Dance of Death. See more »


When Roy (Ian McKellen) and Betty (Helen Mirren) prepare to enter their passwords for the money transfer to take place, Roy begins to spell out the word 'lilies', but he he incorrectly says 'I.L.L.' instead of 'L.I.L.' See more »


[leaving a screening of "Inglourious Basterds"]
Roy Courtnay: Well, I may have missed a step, but I am fairly certain that Adolf Hitler was not machine-gunned to death in a French cinema.
Betty McLeish: Well, it would have been rather good if he had been.
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99 Bottles (Instrumental)
Written and Performed by Garrett Marshall Barnes, Isaac Lucas, Jaron Lamot, Jason Rabinowitz, Kurt Zimmer and Cheapshot (as Colton Fisher)
Courtesy of The Math Club
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User Reviews

Entertaining and with dark plot twists
17 November 2019 | by elb-74644See all my reviews

In my opinion the reviewers missed the point. Of course you know from the start that Mirren's character will not fall prey, and within half an hour you are sure she will best McEllan's. The surprise is in how and why. Many plot twists, some quite dark, ensue. Two fine actors and a few good supporters at the top of their craft. Well produced and fun to watch.

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Release Date:

15 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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