Infamous

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Overview

Douglas McGrath's Infamous represents the second major biopic about the avant-garde belletrist Truman Capote to be released within a year. It thus tells roughly the same story as Bennett Miller's earlier Capote, recounting the events that belied the writer's six-year authorship of the seminal "nonfiction novel" In Cold Blood. The story opens with Capote Toby Jones visiting the site of the 1959 Clutter family homicide, on a Kansas research trip, accompanied by his close friend and colleague, author Harper Lee ...
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Overview

Douglas McGrath's Infamous represents the second major biopic about the avant-garde belletrist Truman Capote to be released within a year. It thus tells roughly the same story as Bennett Miller's earlier Capote, recounting the events that belied the writer's six-year authorship of the seminal "nonfiction novel" In Cold Blood. The story opens with Capote Toby Jones visiting the site of the 1959 Clutter family homicide, on a Kansas research trip, accompanied by his close friend and colleague, author Harper Lee Sandra Bullock. As Capote settles into the community, McGrath uses the preponderance of screen time to explore the emotional tapestry of Capote's increasingly risky emotional attachment to one of the two murderers, Perry Edward Smith Daniel Craig, with whom he senses more than a few common bonds. McGrath weaves a decidedly bittersweet tale, contrasting the optimism and devil-may-care, "conquer all" attitude of Capote in his early years with a seemingly endless string of poor choices in the writer's later years, from addictions to drink and pills, to a failure to maintain healthy output as a writer, to poorly chosen romantic and sexual entanglements. Most significantly, however, McGrath reveals how the relationship with Smith virtually destroyed Capote as an artist and a human being, by inducing him to sell out on all levels to satisfy his lust for accomplishment and notoriety.
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Special Features

Commentary by screenwriter/director; Douglas McGrath; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The "other" Truman Capote movie -- kept on the shelf for a year to avoid competing with Capote -- can’t help but remain in the shadow of the hit film. But that doesn’t mean Infamous isn’t worth seeing; on the contrary, it would no doubt be more highly regarded (and certainly better known) had Capotenever been made. Writer-director Douglas McGrath covers much the same ground as did the earlier picture, although he presents a more overtly sexual interpretation of the relationship between Capote and murderer Perry Smith (played by an effective Daniel Craig, pre-007 fame). But he comes to the same conclusion that Capote reached: The irony of the writer’s career is that the success of In Cold Blood -- his brilliant novelistic account of the murders committed by Smith and Richard Hickock (Lee Pace) -- doomed Capote, because of the moral compromises its creation entailed. Sandra Bullock contributes an understated performance as Capote’s plainspoken friend, Harper Lee, who found her own literary success with To Kill a Mockingbird. McGrath pays considerable attention to Capote’s high-toned social circle, stocking a veritable parade of well-known actors in cameo roles, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Sigourney Weaver, Isabella Rossellini, Hope Davis, and even director Peter Bogdanovich. Physically, British actor Toby Jones is an even better match for Capote than Oscar-winning Phillip Seymour Hoffman, also nailing Truman’s distinctively nasal, whiny voice and flamboyant mannerisms. Judged on its own merits, Infamous is a compelling, effective, and memorable motion picture, one that richly deserves the exposure that its DVD release offers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2007
  • UPC: 085391137382
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,443

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Toby Jones Truman Capote
Sandra Bullock Nelle Harper Lee
Daniel Craig Perry Smith
Peter Bogdanovich Bennett Cerf
Jeff Daniels Alvin Dewey
Hope Davis Slim Keith
Gwyneth Paltrow Kitty Dean
Isabella Rossellini Marella Agnelli, Marella Angelli
Juliet Stevenson Diana Vreeland
Sigourney Weaver Babe Paley
John Benjamin Hickey Jack Dunphy
Lee Pace Dick Hickock
Mark Rubin El Morocco Band
Steve Schwelling El Morocco Band
Glover Gill El Morocco Band
Rey Arteaga El Morocco Band
Justin Sherburn El Morocco Band
Andrew Halbreich El Morocco Band
Michael Panes Gore Vidal
Frank Curcio William Shawn
Terru Bennett DA's Secretary
Mitch Baker Reporter
Grant James Reporter
Sheila Bailey-Lucas Waitress
Richard Dillard Man On Street
Glover Jamison Bennett Desk Clerk
Marco Perella Clifford Hope
Bethlyn Gerard Marie Dewey
Libby Villari Delores Hope
Joey Basham Paul Dewey
Marian Aleta Jones Ellen Bechner
Terri Zee Nancy Hickey
Richard Jones Andy Erhart
Brian Shoop Everett Ogburn
Brady Coleman Charles McAtee
Paul Mitchell Wright Prisoner
Terri Pipkin Prisoner
Ray Gestaut Lee Andrews
Joe Cordi Piano Player
Lee Ritchey Bill Paley
Brett Brock Tex Smith
Leticia Trejo Flo Smith
Brady Hender Young Perry
Zachary Burnett Young Truman
Brent McCoy Herb Clutter
Gail Cronauer Bonnie Clutter
Austin Chittim Kenyon Clutter
Morgan Farris Nancy Clutter
Dennis Letts Judge Tate
Gabriel Folse Foreman
Charles Mooneyhan Prison Guard
J.D. Young Prison Guard
Steve Flanagin Chaplain
Michael Conway Doctor
Michael Kosarin Conductor
Technical Credits
Douglas McGrath Director, Screenwriter
Ethan Andrus Sound/Sound Designer
Andrea Ariel Choreography
Judy Becker Production Designer
Jacenda Burkett Makeup
Allan Byer Sound Mixer
Benjamin Cheah Sound/Sound Designer
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Stephen Consentino Camera Operator
Bruno Delbonnel Cinematographer
Becki Drake Makeup
Laura Ballinger-Gardner Art Director
Ellen Lewis Casting
Marc McCord Special Effects
Todd McMullen Camera Operator
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Heather Page Camera Operator
Rachel Portman Score Composer
Charles Pugliese Associate Producer
Audrey Rosenberg Associate Producer
Beth Sepko Casting
Daniel J. Shaw Asst. Director
Rob Simons Set Decoration/Design
Jocelyn Hayes Simpson Producer
Camilla Toniolo Editor
Christine Vachon Producer
Anne Walker-McBay Producer
John Wells Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Infamous
1. El Morocco Credits [4:20]
2. I Loathe Eccentric [2:44]
3. Kansas Story [5:01]
4. Missing Parents [3:54]
5. No Access [4:44]
6. Clutter House [3:41]
7. New Kind of Reportage [1:58]
8. Christmas Eve With the Deweys [5:17]
9. Strongarmed [3:34]
10. Invited In [4:32]
11. The Truth Is Enough [2:13]
12. Captured [2:24]
13. Dick and Perry [5:20]
14. Not a Character [3:39]
15. Twists and Turns [1:35]
16. Moral Code [4:11]
17. Unkind Notes [4:09]
18. Common Ground [4:36]
19. Our Little Treehouse [5:05]
20. Place of Respect [3:13]
21. Title Treatment [4:57]
22. Murderous Night [2:58]
23. Feeling Real [5:38]
24. His Name is Perry [4:25]
25. Adios, Amigo [4:50]
26. Goldmine in the Sky [2:38]
27. Three Deaths [5:51]
28. End Credits [5:33]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Infamous
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   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Screenwriter-Director Douglas McGrath
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dissecting the Enigma that was Truman Capote

    INFAMOUS is a brilliant adaptation by writer/director Douglas McGrath of the 'infamous' George Plimpton book 'Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career'. What McGrath has gleaned from this resource book is a story that better than any other lets us understand the bizarre personality of Truman Capote (an extraordinary performance by Toby Jones whose films have included The Painted Veil, Elizabeth I, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Finding Neverland, Ladies in Lavender, etc), from his early successes as a writer ('Breakfast at Tiffany's') through his countless acquaintances with the glitterati of the world to his ultimate obsession with the Kansas Clutter family murders that served as the matrix for his final volume 'In Cold Blood' and the demise of his career and life. McGrath understands Capote's aura and lets us watch it in the early on camera 'interviews' with important people who knew him. We meet Babe Paley (Sigourney Weaver), Diana Vreeland (Juliet Stevenson), Gore Vidal (Michael Panes), Slim Keith (Hope Davis), Bennett Cerf (Peter Bogdanovich), Marella Agnelli (Isabella Rossellini), and his longtime partner Jack (John Benjamin Hickey). Each gives us a vignette of a side of Capote's genius and caricature of genius, but it is not until Capote and Babe sit in a nightclub hearing songstress Kitty Dean (Gweneth Paltrow in a small but surely one of her very finest roles) sing and breakdown in her version of 'What is this thing called love?' that the story itself begins. From that point on McGrath has a firm handle on the story we all know well. The Clutter family murder in Kansas in 1959 as a small article in the newspaper captures Capote's eye and imagination: he decides to write an article on the response of the citizens of a small town to the heinous act. He talks his close friend, novelist Nelle Harper Lee (Sandra Bullock) whose novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is all the rage but she is now in writer's block, to accompany him to Kansas to interview the townspeople. Capote's flamboyant appearance and demeanor and voice are off putting to the townsfolk until Capote and Lee break a barrier with the sheriff (Jeff Daniels) and his wife and become a sought after dinner guest pair. Then the killers are captured: Dick Hickock (Lee Pace) and Perry Smith (Daniel Craig in one his finest cinematic roles to date), and the flavor of Capote's concept changes dramatically. Gradually Capote gains access to speaking with the two killers and decides his intended 'article' has become a book. His interviews with both Hickock and Perry feed his imagination and flurry, but it is his bonding with Perry that opens the gates of mutual self confession and shared understanding of not dissimilar backgrounds: Capote and Perry fall in love. Once the trial is over and the two killers are condemned to hang, Capote returns to Kansas as the victims' invited presence at their hanging: much of what Capote needs to finish his book is dependent on their death and he longs for Perry to ask the world's forgiveness as the pinnacle for his book. Capote's book is published and becomes an international best seller, but Capote sinks into alcohol, drugs and oblivion until his death. We are spared all this by McGrath's once again allowing the interviewees to speak, especially the damaged and tender Nelle Harper Lee. And the film evaporates into myth. Cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel keenly photographs this inordinately strong cast as well as is the vast landscape of Kansas. Rachel Portman provides her most original and successful musical score to date to conjure the moodiness of the tale. Toby Jones is magnificent as Truman Capote, delivering the kind of career making performance that comes along only rarely. This is an intelligent script, well directed, and splendidly executed and deserves at least as much attention as the much lauded CAPOTE that probably prevented the success of INFAMOUS in the th

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Infamous with Daniel Craig

    Wouldn't have bought this movie if Daniel Craig hadn't been in it. Was quite surprised to love it as much as I did. Not only was Daniel great as Perry Smith, the murderer, but, Toby Jones was great as Truman Capote. Hadn't thought I could care in the least about Capote as a person, but, did so after watching this movie. <BR/> As a woman, the major shock for me was to find that a kiss between 2 men (Truman & Perry) could be so sensuous! That Daniel could play such rough scenes as when he nearly raped Capote in his cell to the the tender kiss between them later shows his wide range of acting skills. Which also showed what a torn, confused person the killer Perry Smith was. Highly recommend you watch this movie. Also, Daniel Craig's other movies & TV shows are great. Welcome to the USA Daniel.

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