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Capote

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2012
UPC: 0883904286028
Original Release: 2005
Rating: R
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: ABC
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:54:00
Sales rank: 52,682

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
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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Capote 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
AlchemystAZ More than 1 year ago
Hoffman is perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie and Phillip Hoffman delivers the best performance of his career!!!!!! He brings Truman Capote back to life!!! He definatly deserved the Oscar!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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