Capote

Capote

Bennett Miller (2005)

109min
15 Certificate
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Review

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Truman Capote caused a literary sensation with his 1966 "non-fiction novel" In Cold Blood, about the real-life slayings of a Kansas family in 1959. The book was filmed a year later, but here director Bennett Miller tackles the equally fascinating story of how the writing of Capote's masterwork consumed the author's life over a period of six years. Travelling to Kansas, Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman) first gains the trust of the townsfolk and chief investigator Alvin Dewey (Chris Cooper). But the heart of the film lies in Capote's strange ambivalence towards murderers Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, whose executions are, in a sense, necessary to give the book its ending. Miller navigates the morally complex material superbly, particularly during the many interviews Capote conducts with Smith (Clifton Collins Jr). Both Collins Jr and Catherine Keener (as author Harper Lee) are great in support, but it's Hoffman's astonishing, Oscar-winning performance that dominates. He brilliantly captures the mercurial, effeminate mannerisms and distinctive tones of the Manhattan literary star who, to the residents of small-town Kansas, might just as well have come from Mars.

Summary

Fact-based drama about eccentric author Truman Capote and his investigation into a murder case in a small Kansas town. Although intended as a magazine feature, the shocking subject matter provided enough intrigue for a full-length book. Starring an Oscar-winning Philip Seymour Hoffman alongside Catherine Keener, Chris Cooper, Clifton Collins Jr and Mark Pellegrino.

Cast & Crew

Truman Capote Philip Seymour Hoffman
Nelle Harper Lee Catherine Keener
Perry Smith Clifton Collins Jr
Alvin Dewey Chris Cooper
Jack Dunphy Bruce Greenwood
William Shawn Bob Balaban
Marie Dewey Amy Ryan
Dick Hickock Mark Pellegrino
Director Bennett Miller
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Sony PicturesGuidance: Contains violence and swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Feb 2006
Drama