Telling Lies in America (1997)



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In a semi-autobiographical jaunt back to 1961 Cleveland, screenwriter Joe Eszterhas chronicled the experiences of teenager Karchy Jonas (Brad Renfro), a senior at a Catholic high school and the son of Hungarian immigrant Dr. Istvan Jonas (Maximilian Schell). Cynical disk jockey Billy Magic (Kevin Bacon) pulls his red Cadillac into Cleveland and begins broadcasting from local station WHK. To impress Diney Majeski (Calista Flockhart), rock music fan Karchy floods the station with contest entries. … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
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Written By: Joe Eszterhas
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On DVD: Dec 18, 2001


as Billy Magic

as Karchy Jonas

as Dr. Istvan Jonas

as Diney Majeski

as Father Norton

as Andy `Croak' Stas

as Justine

as Cecil Simms

as The Blind Kid

as Timmy Morelli

as Danny Hogan

as Sgt. Disapri

as Det. Carpenter

as WHK Receptionist

as WHK Newscaster

as Assistant DA

as Immigration Judge

as Groupie No. 1

as Groupie No. 2

as Giggly Girl

as Old Man

as School Kid
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The Hungarian angle gives the film a little distinctiveness.

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Cast: Kevin Bacon, Brad Renfro, Maximilian Schell, Calista Flockhart, Paul Dooley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Luke Wilson, Damon Fletcher, Jerry Swindall, K.K. Dodds

Director: Guy Ferland

Summary: Shy immigrant Karchy Jonas (Brad Renfro) is a social disaster at his 1960s American high school. But things pick up when he pursues a cute, supermarket coworker (Calista Flockhart) and hooks up with a slick deejay (Kevin Bacon, in a standout performance) who shows Karchy life's wild--and dangerous--side.

My Thoughts: "The performances by Kevin Bacon and Brad Renfro are great, it's the script that leaves something to be desired. There are also some very good actor's in here that are wasted by very limited roles. There was some great music in this as well. But just not as good as I thought it would be considering the talent."


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