Telling Lies In America

 (39)6.31 h 41 min1997PG-13
Karchy Jonas vows to win the High School Hall of Fame contest so he can impress his classmate Diney. Eventually he does win, and in the process befriends Billy, the DJ who hosted the contest, who introduces Karchy to life's wild side.
Guy Ferland
Kevin BaconBrad RenfroMaximilian Schell
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Calista Flockhart
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SuegReviewed in the United States on July 6, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie.
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I saw this movie years ago. This is about a DJ (Kevin Bacon) that comes to Cleveland, Ohio in the early 1960's. When he gets this job at the radio station, one of the things he ask for is for a young boy. He got told to go ahead. So he picks this one 17 year old teen that is very impressionable and doesn't know anything about bribes. That is what he got hired for. This young teen goes to a Catholic private school for boys. He gets in trouble in school left and right. He even gets suspended from school. He didn't know about these bribes until his friend told him. His friend has a band and they played for Kevin Bacon. After they played at this concert, his friend told him about the money. The young boy confronted Kevin Bacon only to fine the Cleveland Police talking to Kevin Bacon about these bribes. He denied and stated that they couldn't do anything to the teen because he wasn't an adult. Back then you had to be 21 to be classified as an adult. So Kevin Bacon told that this is how it is. He did end up tearing up the contact up and made up a new one for his friend. The young teen decides to not work for him and wants a job that is on the up and up. I loved this movie for one thing it took place in my home town Cleveland and its just good. I wasn't bored with it at all.
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M. HaneyReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kevin Bacon Collector Must Have
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I was entertained by my first run experience in a theatre and just as well on DVD. Bacon plays a drifter-DJ that moves from town to town, with the same payola scheme, just managing to outsmart the law. A young Luke Wilson (Legally Blonde & My Super Ex-Girfriend) plays his high school accomplice and protege (Henry) with a subtle depth of character. Calista Flockhart tenderly plays the object of Henry's adolescent infatuation.
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D. MarshallReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Together Again.
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After watching the intensely dramatic movie "Sleepers" that featured Bacon & Renfro, I didn't think that I would ever see these two together again. But lo and behold, here's "Telling Lies In America". I didn't even know this movie existed until probably 3 years after it came out. Kevin Bacon is indeed an actor that knows what he's doing, and the same can be said for the ever present Brad Renfro.
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Sandra K. ColeReviewed in the United States on February 13, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
Kevin Bacon
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As usual, Kevin Bacon does a great job playing someone who is not such a nice guy yet he manages to give his character some humanity. You can tell he researched his character's profession.
Brad Renfroe does a good job too and it's so sad that his life was cut short by his life choices. He was a promising actor.

The story itself was entertaining enough. I didn't get the boy's attraction to Callista Flockhart's character. She plays it pretty drab inside and out.
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SarahReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars
OK, 4 1/2 stars! :)
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Two words: GREAT MOVIE! Both Kevin Bacon and Brad Renfro (who just became my new favorite actor, I think!) were excelent, and the story is wonderful. Nice to see Calista Flockheart looking relatively normal, and not rail-thin. I really liked the part Brad goes to Calista when his whole world seems to be crashing down around him. Also, when the one woman said that he was "gentle." Very sweet moment. If you haven't already, SEE THIS MOVIE! The only reason I saw it was because Jonathan Rhys Meyers was in it, but he kinda had a small part. I would have liked to see more of him, and I would have liked to see about what he talked about in confession (if you've seen it, you know what I mean). Anyhoo, great flick, and I highly recommend it!
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Andrew ZoellerReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
ver good 1997 movie!
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i loved "Telling Lies in America"!!..its from 1997..has Brad Renfro(R.I.P. buddy)..and Kevin Bacon in it..very good cast..and good music too..Calista Flockheart is in this too..alot of Brad Renfro's movies are good and this movie is very good and entertaining!
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m.f.Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Nostalgic film. Nostalgic VHS format.
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Reminder of Times Past and 1st generation Americans. Some filming near Cleveland, Ohio. Nostalgic entertainment. Good film. Nostalgic format too.
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EmbemReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2015
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