Capote

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Overview

The creation of one of the most memorable books of the 1960s -- and the impact the writing and research would have on its author -- is explored in this drama based on a true story. In 1959, Truman Capote played by Philip Seymour Hoffman was a critically acclaimed novelist who had earned a small degree of celebrity for his work when he read a short newspaper item about a multiple murder in a small Kansas town. For some reason, the story fascinated Capote, and he asked William Shawn Bob Balaban, his editor at The ...
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Overview

The creation of one of the most memorable books of the 1960s -- and the impact the writing and research would have on its author -- is explored in this drama based on a true story. In 1959, Truman Capote played by Philip Seymour Hoffman was a critically acclaimed novelist who had earned a small degree of celebrity for his work when he read a short newspaper item about a multiple murder in a small Kansas town. For some reason, the story fascinated Capote, and he asked William Shawn Bob Balaban, his editor at The New Yorker, to let him write a piece about the case. Capote had long believed that in the right hands, a true story could be molded into a tale as compelling as any fiction, and he believed this event, in which the brutal and unimaginable was visited upon a community where it was least expected, could be just the right material. Capote traveled to Kansas with his close friend Harper Lee Catherine Keener, herself becoming a major literary figure with the success of To Kill a Mockingbird, and while Capote's effete and mannered personal style stuck out like a sore thumb in Kansas, in time he gained the trust of Alvin Dewey Chris Cooper, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent investigating the murder of the Clutter family, and with his help Capote's magazine piece grew into a full-length book. Capote also became familiar with the petty criminals who killed the Clutter family, Dick Hickock Mark Pellegrino and Perry Smith Clifton Collins Jr., and in Smith he found a troubling kindred spirit more like himself than he wanted to admit. After attaining a sort of friendship with Smith under the assumption that the man would be executed before the book was ever published, Capote finds himself forced to directly confront the moral implications of his actions with regards to both his role in the man's death, and the way that he would be remembered. Capote also co-stars Bruce Greenwood as Capote's longtime companion Jack Dunphy, and Amy Ryan as Mary Dewey, Alvin's wife who became a confidante of Capote's.
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Special Features

Making of Capote; Answered Prayers - A Documentary on Truman Capote; Philip Seymour Hoffman and Director Bennett Miller Commentary; Director Bennett Miller and Cinematographer Adam Kimmel Commentary
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Philip Seymour Hoffman capped the 2006 awards season with a well-deserved Academy Award win for his remarkable portrayal of writer Truman Capote in this mesmerizing drama, one of the previous year's best movies. Set in the period during which Capote -- the celebrated author of Breakfast at Tiffany's -- researched and wrote his chilling account of a Kansas family's brutal murder by “thrill killers” Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, the film paints an unflattering picture of its subject, who for many years was an A-list party guest, raconteur, bon vivant, and darling of New York's literary set. Dan Futterman's screenplay doesn't attempt to obscure the fact that Capone ruthlessly exploited and manipulated everyone around him -- including Smith, whom he befriended and pretended to represent to the outside world -- to get the story he knew would be his crowning achievement. That even included his loyal friend Harper Lee Catherine Keener and his patient lover Jack Dunphy Bruce Greenwood, who sacrificed much to help Truman achieve his goal. Although the burly Hoffman isn't at all physically suited to play the diminutive author, he so fully submerges himself into the role that he is able to convey Capote's essence with uncanny accuracy. He nails the superficial characteristics -- mincing speech, fluttery hand gestures, and a supercilious manner -- but also gets under the writer's skin, revealing the profound self-loathing and deep-rooted insecurity that compelled Capote to dismiss or reject those who cared about him most. Hoffman's performance would be a thing worth marveling at even if it appeared in a mediocre motion picture; that it further distinguishes such a spellbinding drama makes it all the more irresistible.
All Movie Guide
Capote is spellbinding and awe-striking, an almost perfect film. This accomplishment is even more remarkable when you take into account that this is director Bennett Miller's first feature, producer/writer Dan Futterman's first film, and that it's adapted from Gerald Clarke's first full-length biography. The craftsmanship apparent in Capote is clever and quick, creating scenes that are sometimes bizarre or funny, but never heavy-handed. Without plodding speeches or Oscar-bait tantrums, Capote weaves together a hauntingly realistic portrait of the charismatic and the grotesque. The movie isn't about the slaying of a family in Kansas, and it's not about Perry Smith, the convicted killer in the case -- whom Capote became so famously close to while writing his book. When it comes right down to it, Capote isn't even really about the writing of that book -- though the bizarre process of it is detailed almost completely. The story of the film is eerily captivating, but in the end, its narratives are just the pieces that eventually come together to form an almost impossibly intimate psychological portrait of Truman Capote the man. Capote sheds a gradually overwhelming light on its subject, revealing with a quiet intensity how a man of such superhuman charm and skill could in fact be so crippled by a near sociopathic narcissism. The minimal awareness portrayed in Capote's character make him all the more intriguing and compelling, even as his power over another man's life ripples distantly in his consciousness as little more than a component of his success as a writer. This heartbreakingly real performance is what makes the film such a masterpiece, and denotes perhaps the most breathtaking turn in the film -- Philip Seymour Hoffman's. While Hoffman is far from a new face and has enjoyed a highly respected career in a multitude of films, a role of this magnitude is a first for him; the kind it's instantly certain that he will be remembered for. As a profile of the character's inner life, the aforementioned production team behind Capote most certainly pursued the project with the knowledge that it would fail without such a perfect fit. As a result, even Hoffman's tremendous success can be seen as a component in the synergy that made this one of the best films in years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2012
  • UPC: 883904286028
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 27,483

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Philip Seymour Hoffman Truman Capote
Catherine Keener Nelle Harper Lee
Clifton Collins Jr. Perry Smith
Chris Cooper Alvin Dewey
Bruce Greenwood Jack Dunphy
Bob Balaban William Shawn
Amy Ryan Mary Dewey
Mark Pellegrino Dick Hickock
C. Ernst Harth Lowell Lee Andrews
Allie Mickelson Laura Kinney
Marshall Bell Warden Marshall Krutch
Araby Lockhart Dorothy Sanderson
Bob Huculak New York Reporter
R.D. Reid Roy Church
Robert McLaughlin Harold Nye
Harry Nelken Sheriff Walter Sanderson
Kerr Hewitt Danny Burke
John MacLaren Judge Roland Tate
Jeremy Dangerfield Jury Foreman
Kwesi Ameyaw Porter
Jim Shepard Chaplain
John B. Destry Pete Holt
Adam Kimmel Richard Avedon
Technical Credits
Bennett Miller Director
Pamela Atheyde Makeup
Caroline Baron Producer
Ron Bochar Sound/Sound Designer
Mychael Danna Score Composer
Dan Futterman Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Jess Gonchor Production Designer
Elizabeth Greenberg Casting
Philip Seymour Hoffman Executive Producer
Kyle Irving Associate Producer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Adam Kimmel Cinematographer
Kasia Walicka Maimone Costumes/Costume Designer
Kyle Mann Associate Producer
Richard O'Brien Moran Asst. Director
Michael Ohoven Producer
Gordon Peterson Art Director
Kerry Rock Executive Producer
Danny Rosett Executive Producer
Ellen Rutter Production Manager
Christopher Tellefsen Editor
Dave Valleau Associate Producer
William Vince Producer
Emily Ziff Associate Producer
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  • Posted November 30, 2012

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    Hoffman is perfect.

    Hoffman is perfect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A true oscar movie

    Capote was a very enjoyable movie. It kept you interested and pulled into everything. You also begin to connect with the characters and how they react to things. It was a little hard to understand at times , but I liked it. Hoffman truely gives an award winning performance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Favorite!!!

    Great movie and Phillip Hoffman delivers the best performance of his career!!!!!! He brings Truman Capote back to life!!! He definatly deserved the Oscar!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant Performance!

    An unquestionably deserved Oscar win for PSH, I believe this performance will become as revered and iconic as DeNiro's portrayal of Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull. The entire film is beautifully constructed and filmed, and the performances of Catherine Keener, Chris Cooper, and Clifton Collins, Jr. all rose to the level set by the remarkable Mr. Hoffman. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible!

    Hoffman's performance was perfect! Not once did he fall out of character and he played a very convincing Capote. The mood of the entire movie was perfectly caught in that last day of fall before the first snow thing. A truly towering achievement for all involved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    PRETTY GOOD

    THIS THE MOVIE OF THE YEAR. THE PACE WELL DONE, AND THE MOVIE IS VERY ENJOYABLE. WHY? BECAUSE THE FILM IS INTERESTING. THE ACTING IS GREAT AND FULL OF INTERESTING CHARACTERS, INCLUDING HARPER LEE. NOW, IN THE FILM SHE WAS KIND OF MISPLACED ALITTLE BETWEEN THE ACTS, BUT EVEYRTHING WAS COOL AND WORTHWHILE IN THE FILM. IT'S "FARGO" IN THE 1950'S WITH SPIRIT FINGERS. ALSO, THE FILM DID A REALLY GREAT JOB AT JUST SHOWING HOW PEOPLE LIVE BY NOT MAKING A BIG DEAL ABOUT CAPOTE'S LIFESTYLE TOO MUCH. IT SHOWED HIS BREAKDOWN, BUT IT WAS LIKE ALL THE REASONS FOR IT WERE KEPT INSIDE THE CHARACTER. MUCH DIFFERENT THEN "AVIATOR'S" PORTRAYAL OF HUGHES.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A truly hypnotic look at a tortured talent...

    Capote was at first a film that held only a passing interest for me, but eventually I could not ignore all the accolades being bestowed to it, so I wandered into the movie theater with expectations, that must happily admit, were easily met , if not surpassed! At its core is an impeccable performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman, beautifully shaded and nuanced, that an anchors a multilayered and insightful film. My faith in quality moviemaking is restored what a refreshing alternative to all the cesspool that passes for movie making nowadays!!

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