Infamous

Infamous

DVD - 2006
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While researching his book "In cold blood", writer Truman Capote develops a relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and, in particular Perry Smith, while both men waited for their date of execution on death row.

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RescueDog
May 08, 2017

Excellent! DVD contains possibly the best directors commentary I've ever heard.

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pemberely
Sep 06, 2016

Toby Jones: sensational.

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mswrite
Jun 30, 2016

Stands up very well next to the more celebrated "Capote" starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, which was released around the same time. Hoffman was a fine actor and quite good in that film, but having watched both films again recently I have to say I like Toby Jones's interpretation better. I admired Hoffman's acting, but could never escape the awareness that I was watching Phillip Seymour Hoffman playing Truman Capote.
Toby Jones, a British actor less well known to U.S. audiences, was able to sink himself so thoroughly into the role it was easy at moments to forget you were not in fact watching the real Truman. (It probably helps that as well as nailing the odd, babyish voice and quirky mannerisms Jones actually bears an eerie resemblance to Capote.)
There was carping in some corners about Sandra Bullock's take on Harper Lee; I don't know why, I thought she was wonderful, every bit as believable in her performance as the excellent Catherine Keener.
Daniel Craig is unforgettable as the tragic killer Perry Smith, of whom the smitten Capote, trying to explain their divergent paths, once said it was like the two lived in the same house except he went out the front door and Smith went out the back. Six footer Craig is the wrong physicality for Perry Smith (Robert Blake, who starred in the 1967 film "In Cold Blood," probably looked more like him) but you believe him anyway, such is the force and pained intensity of his performance.
And finally, I watched both Capote films with and without the director commentaries and found "Infamous" director Douglas McGrath's most enjoyable and helpful. As a rule I look forward to DVD commentaries but sometimes they disappoint, especially when two or more people get caught up talking to each other about technical aspects of the filmmaking. It's like they completely forget (or can't be bothered to care) that you're sitting there trying to follow what they're saying, which gets deeply annoying. I appreciated that McGrath's thoughtful and entertaining commentary never forgot who was listening.

ChampionMDR Jun 27, 2015

I was not expecting to like this film, but I was immediately taken in by the excellent acting, writing and real life subject matter. Very heart wrenching and believable.

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ncs1961
Sep 07, 2014

Interesting characters well portrayed by talented actors. What more could you want?

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jazeebelle
Aug 18, 2014

Amazing story of Capote and Smith. I cried numerous times and it was done so well. Sadly i found out the next day the entire thing is fiction (well, not the entire thing, we all know Capote wrote "in cold blood" about the murders Smith had a hand in) The relationship depicted here is completely fabricated. Still, it made for an amazing watch.

AuntJane Mar 16, 2014

I enjoyed watching this movie - didn't know anything about it but found the story line and characters very interesting.

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CalicoJack
Jan 26, 2012

This film benefits greatly from a witty script and fine performances by Toby Jones, Sandra Bullock, and Daniel Craig as three icons of modern American literature. Although I usually loathe special features, in this case don’t miss screenwriter/director Douglas McGrath’s commentary, detailing his interpretation of what motivated Truman Capote.

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MeReneG
Jan 07, 2012

Missed this one when it was released, and just saw it on TVO: well worth watching. // Strong performances by Jones ("Capote"), Bullock and Craig. Interesting perspective on the murder itself, and on how "In cold blood" was written.

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BlueMoonGirl
Jul 09, 2011

I remember seeing Truman on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson as a frequent guest and always thought of him as an odd, flamboyant, tiny man; very articulate. That was the man I saw in 'Infamous'. Loved this movie very much since it "fit" my image of the Capote I was familiar with. I did also watch "Capote" with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and thought he also did an excellent job, though more understated. Both are excellent movies about the same subject matter with slightly different perspectives.

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