Infamous

Infamous

Douglas McGrath (2006)

113min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Coincidentally made at the same time as the Oscar-winning Capote, this rival project also focuses on the events surrounding the writing of In Cold Blood - Truman Capote's bestselling account of a shocking mass murder in a remote Kansas farmhouse in 1959. Where Capote went for understatement, however, Infamous turns up the volume. It boasts a terrific performance from Toby Jones in the lead (one part Deputy Dawg, two parts Oscar Wilde) and punctuates the drama with stylised talking heads from the likes of author Harper Lee (Sandra Bullock) and society maven Babe Paley (Sigourney Weaver). More bothersome, though, is the heavy-handed portrayal of Capote's relationship with killer Perry Smith (Daniel Craig) and the foregrounding of the homoerotic tension that underscores his prison visits. If Capote didn't exist this would be a fascinating failure, but next to it Infamous is mostly entertaining but somewhat superfluous.

Summary

Biographical drama focusing on events surrounding Truman Capote's production of his best-selling non-fiction work In Cold Blood, based on the slaughter of a Kansas family. In his quest for fame and success, the American writer becomes transfixed by one of the two killers, and begins to struggle with drink and drug addiction. Starring Toby Jones, Sandra Bullock, Daniel Craig, Sigourney Weaver, Gwyneth Paltrow and Isabella Rossellini.

Cast & Crew

Truman Capote Toby Jones
Nelle Harper Lee Sandra Bullock
Perry Smith Daniel Craig
Babe Paley Sigourney Weaver
Kitty Dean Gwyneth Paltrow
Marella Agnelli Isabella Rossellini
Slim Keith Hope Davis
Alvin Dewey Jeff Daniels
Director Douglas McGrath
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence, swearing and sex scenes.Available on: DVD
Drama