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Philip Seymour Hoffman's riveting central performance guides a well-constructed retelling of the most sensational and significant period in author Truman Capote's life. Read critic reviews

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Reading of the murder of a Kansas family, New York City novelist Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman) decides to cover the story himself, and travels to the small town with his childhood friend, aspiring novelist Harper Lee (Catherine Keener). When Perry Smith (Clifton Collins Jr.) and Dick Hickock (Mark Pellegrino) are arrested and charged, Capote forms an emotional bond with Smith during his jailhouse interviews despite the young criminal's apparent guilt.

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Catherine Keener
Nelle Harper Lee
Chris Cooper
Alvin Dewey
Bob Balaban
William Shawn
Amy Ryan
Marie Dewey
Mark Pellegrino
Richard Hickock
Marshall Bell
Warden Marshall Krutch
Philip Seymour Hoffman
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Dan Futterman
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Mychael Danna
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Adam Kimmel
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  • Jun 16, 2016
    A film that hangs in your memory year later. Possibly PSH's best performance.
    _kelly . Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2014
    Capote is a provocative and compelling character drama based on true events. The film follows celebrated writer Truman Capote as he becomes fascinated by the murder of a Kansas family and forms a personal relationship with one of the killers during his extensive research for his true crime novel In Cold Blood. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Chris Cooper, and Clifton Collins Jr. lead the cast and give excellent performances. The directing is also extraordinarily well-done and is emotionally evocative. In fact, everything about the look and feel of the film is exceptional; the score, the cinematography, and particularly the costumes & sets. An impressive piece of filmmaking, Capote delivers a captivating look behind one the most influential books of late 20th century.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2014
    Dark and emotionally taxing despite the upbeat demeanor of its central character, Capote is not an easy watch, and it does stall occasionally; those willing to stick through to the end will find it to be a profound character study that shows and never tells.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2014
    The late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman gives the best performance of his career. The film follows the writing process of Truman Capote as he researches and gathers info for his book, In Cold Blood. Along the way, he becomes connected with those he is researching and realizes how must he relates to them. A deeply emotional masterpiece that works both as a character study and psychological thriller.
    Edward B Super Reviewer

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