Infamous

 (756)7.01 h 58 min2006X-RayR
Early 1960s. Capote travels to Kansas to research the cold-blooded murders of a local family. But what begins as an investigative journey with longtime friend Harper Lee.
Directors
Douglas McGrath
Starring
Toby JonesSandra BullockDaniel Craig
Genres
Drama
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Peter BogdanovichJeff DanielsHope DavisGwyneth PaltrowIsabella RosselliniJuliet StevensonSigourney WeaverJohn Benjamin HickeyLee Pace
Producers
Christine VachonJocelyn HayesAnne Walker-McBay
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Warner Bros.
Rating
R (Restricted)
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4.4 out of 5 stars

756 global ratings

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Allen SmallingReviewed in the United States on October 14, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Welcome back to 1959!
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In my opinion CAPOTE was quite a good movie, but this INFAMOUS was better. Starring Toby Jones in the Truman Capote role with Sandra Bullock as "Tru's" exasperated co-researcher, Nell Harper Lee, this book is enlivened by a wonderful supporting cast, such as Daniel Craig as Perry Smith and Signourney Weaver as "Babe" Cushing Paley, wife to CBS magnate William Paley. This helps set the background of "cafe society" in which Capote had immersed himself prior to heading for rural Kansas and the massive research and writing assignment that resulted in the book IN COLD BLOOD, which made him -- and broke him. Fine, affecting drama with nice comedic touches.
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starryeyedReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Judge for yourself...
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It is insane that I waited so long to see this movie. I saw "Capote" long ago. Of course I really liked it. I didn't bother to see this because, I mistakenly took for granted the overwhelming opinion that "Capote" was the better movie. But, today I watched it just for the hell of it and because it had been so long since I'd seen that movie. I am so very pleasantly surprised. "Capote" is a more serious movie and I get why some people feel it's better. But, in all honesty I think I prefer "Infamous". It is definitely more fun and entertaining in the beginning. There is a nostalgic bent on the art direction. I also think it did a better job showing Truman Capotes light frivolous side. It's very funny in a dry wicked sort of way. Which made it all the more poignant when he finally does get serious in his scenes with Perry (Daniel Craig) where he lets down that false bravado. And then eventually devastating when you see the toll writing this book took on him. Sandra Bullock puts in the most underated performances of her career. When she says a writer dies a little death If they really want to get it write and make something that will last. People eat it up and then they ask the most American thing possible...What's Next. Truer words were never spoken.
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Carol StormReviewed in the United States on May 11, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sandra Bullock Is Sensational In This Literary Tell-All
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The truth behind Truman Capote's True Crime Masterpiece IN COLD BLOOD is only the starting point for this lush, poignant, bittersweet movie about murder and redemption, loss and forgiveness, friendship and loneliness. No screen writer could have made up two characters as horrifying as real life killers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith, or two characters as lovable as Truman Capote (Toby Stephens) and Harper Lee (Sandra Bullock.)

Watching the movie you may not know that Truman and "Nell" were best friends as children, or that they grew up both determined to be famous writers. The fact that they both succeeded is amazing. What's more amazing is that Sandra Bullock, in ever word, gesture and facial expression, is able to fully dramatize how much "Nell" admires Truman, and how much she still loves him, even when her own convictions cause her to criticize him more sharply than anyone else in the movie -- including the two killers he is interviewing for his book! The fact that Truman has far more talent than Nell -- but less compassion and shakier ethics -- is fully dramatized in a way that never stops you from feeling sorry for him. Technically this movie is the story of In Cold Blood, but it's really the story of an amazing friendship between two great writers. And Sandra Bullock makes Harper Lee the real heart and soul of this movie!
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Russell SReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful film. Overshadowed by the Phillip Seymour Hoffman tripe.
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First let me give so much credit to ALL the actors in this movie, Toby Jones, Daniel Craig, Lee Pace and Sandra Bullock. These are the 4 primary performers and I will also credit the support cast, too. I remember seeing the movie with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and was pretty much unimpressed. do I think that this version has some literary license, I'm sure there is but it will not detract from the film at all. If nothing else Truman Capote was an interesting human, he had his own way of looking at things and how they should be done. Toby puts this across. Sandra plays Harper Lee who was a friend of Truman's and she wrote "To Kill A Mockingbird". The other amazing performance was turned in by Daniel Craig as one of the 2 killers of the Clutter family. He was menacing but yet had some strange attraction going as though he knew some big secret in the way of life. I'm sure I didn't convey that right but, I wanted to hate him but couldn't.
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SmithReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Backstory / In Cold Blood
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Watch this, watch Capote, watch the orig In Cold Blood, will give you a good idea of the whole story about Capote, his relationship with Harper Lee, and his writing of ICB.
In the book To Kill a Mockingbird , Scout (the protagonist/narrator/author )is a young Harper Lee, Dill is Capote .
In Cold Blood was Capote's last completed work; his relationship with Perry Smith and the depressive nature of producing and finishing (Perry had to die) what Capote considered would be his greatest literary achievement proved to be too much for Capote to was absorb; Capote died within a few yrs of finishing the book, of alcohol related health problems
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on March 9, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Capote's charm is what made him
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Infamous is based upon Truman Capote played by Toby Jones writing the true crime novel In Cold Blood about the murder of a family in Kansas. It’s real focus is upon Capote as a person however.

Douglas McGrath who directed and wrote the film created a seemingly odd mood for the film at first. Much of it is light and funny such as Capote’s social life in New York City or how he was treated like an alien and largely ignored when he first arrived in Kansas. The story after all is about investigating a murder. It’s actually a bit of misdirection because it’s Capote’s charm that is highlighted in those scenes and that trait is what allows him to get into the center of the Kansas story. It helps the movie in other ways as well because when Capote starts talking to people about the murders it gives added gravity to the affair.

Last the movie really highlights how emotionally involved Capote was in the researching and writing of the book. It tries to portray that as the reason why he never wrote another one afterward.

If you’ve ever seen Capote which is about the same event Infamous gives it a completely different perspective and feel.
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R2D2Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
90% FICTION
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For anyone who knows this story --- both that of the horrific and unspeakably cruel murders, and that of Capote's success and eventual self destruction --- this film was ridiculous. I don't believe Perry Smith tried to rape TC in the jail cell. I don't believe they kissed passionately. The depiction of the actual murders contained many errors. The killers were held at the jail in the Finney County courthouse, and not transfered to Lansing until their conviction. The appearance and behavior of Smith ( played by Daniel Craig of James Bond fame !!! ) was totally wrong. And Smith DID say some words before his hanging (KBI Agent Alvin Dewey confirmed this). Since Smith is at the center of this strange relationship, his portrayal is at the center of the film. To fictionalize it wrecks the film.

This movie is studded with recognizable stars. Why they wanted to participate in THIS is bewildering. I cannot understand why this film was even made to begin with. Watch "Capote" (also with its many faults), or the original "In Cold Blood" if you must. This film was completely unneccessary. Please let the good and admirable Clutter family rest in peace. Skip this silly and pointless movie.
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BProfaneReviewed in the United States on March 5, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Chillingly great movie!
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This movie was shocking and brutal and way more watchable than Capote. No disrespect to the artists who worked on that film. Phillip Seymore Hoffman was a good Capote. But this was much better. Toby Jones captures the obsessive and depressive nature of Capote so well it's eerie to watch him move through the plot. He nails the voice and mannerisms with a second nature that feels so real it's sad. this movie is eerie in its tone and presentation of our world in that era. It's almost a ghost story in that each character becomes a haunting version of our past, as one writer gives birth to a genre of writing that shapes our culture to this day.
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