CapoteDirector: Bennett Miller
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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Cast & Crew
|Philip Seymour Hoffman||Truman Capote|
|Catherine Keener||Nelle Harper Lee|
|Clifton Collins||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|
|John B. Destry||Pete Holt|
|Adam Kimmel||Richard Avedon|
|Ron Bochar||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Mychael Danna||Score Composer|
|Dan Futterman||Executive Producer,Screenwriter|
|Jess Gonchor||Production Designer|
|Philip Seymour Hoffman||Executive Producer|
|Kyle Irving||Associate Producer|
|Kasia Walicka Maimone||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Kyle Mann||Associate Producer|
|Richard O'Brien Moran||Asst. Director|
|Gordon Peterson||Art Director|
|Kerry Rock||Executive Producer|
|Danny Rosett||Executive Producer|
|Ellen Rutter||Production Manager|
|Dave Valleau||Associate Producer|
|Emily Ziff||Associate Producer|
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Hoffman is perfect.
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.
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!!
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.
Great movie and Phillip Hoffman delivers the best performance of his career!!!!!! He brings Truman Capote back to life!!! He definatly deserved the Oscar!!!
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.
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.