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Capote (2005)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

On assignment to write an article for 'The New Yorker,' Truman Capote traveled to a small Kansas town, where he began to investigate and report on the gruesome murder of a local family. At first leery of the writer, the townsfolk come to trust Capote and allow him into their lives, giving him his story.more
Rating: R (for some violent images and brief strong language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Dan Futterman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 14, 2006
Box Office: $28.3M
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Catherine Keener
as Harper Lee
Chris Cooper
as Alvin Dewey
Bruce Greenwood
as Jack Dunphy
Bob Balaban
as William Shawn
Amy Ryan
as Marie Dewey
Mark Pellegrino
as Richard Hickock
Allie Mickelson
as Laura Kinney
Marshall Bell
as Warden Marshall Krut...
Araby Lockhart
as Dorothy Sanderson
Robert Huculak
as New York Reporter
R.D. Reid
as Roy Church
Bob Huculak
as New York Reporter
Harry Nelken
as Sheriff Walter Sande...
Kerr Hewitt
as Danny Burke
John Maclaren
as Judge Roland Tate
Jeremy Dangerfield
as Jury Foreman
Jim Shepard
as Chaplain
C. Ernst Harth
as Lowell Lee Andrews
John B. Destry
as Pete Holt
Adam Kimmel
as Richard Avedon
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Critic Reviews for Capote

All Critics (197) | Top Critics (48)

Miller and Futterman underscore the idea that what Capote's achievement does to the story of Hickock and Smith and the Clutter killings is to remove it from the actual world and place it in a literary one.

Full Review… | February 29, 2016
The Walrus

In a career that has seen actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman play a vast array of characters (and very well at that), Hoffman has found the role of a lifetime which he delivers with uncanny precision.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Aims for starkness but ends up as tastefulness

Full Review… | September 1, 2009

The Passion of Truman Capote

Full Review… | May 17, 2008

Hoffman tries, but mainly just gets the surface of Capote.

Full Review… | January 31, 2008

I am aware that virtually every critic in America if not on the planet has lauded Hoffman's portrayal of the author and that I am in the minority. Watching Hoffman I felt something primal was missing from his interpretation ... To my mind, Hoffman's work

Full Review… | January 11, 2007
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Capote

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 Boxler

Super Reviewer


Hoffman plays an its-the-end-of-days-but-we're-still-very-civilized attention whore who discovers a way to get noticed all w/o reading the warning "objects in mirror are closer than they appear". Hoffman is beyond superb and Keener proves she can really shine if given space and a intelligent script.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


From first frame to last, this is an extraordinary film. I advise you actually read 'In Cold Blood' before you see the it, but even if you don't you can appreciate this solid movie. Phillip Seymour Hoffman definitely deserves the Oscar, and there are great performances from the rest of the cast as well. The film is so superbly shot that the cinematography alone entrenches you in the experience. Deserving of all its praise, 'Capote' is a true crime film for the ages.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

Capote Quotes

Truman Capote: ...and I will never get over it.
– Submitted by Jesse K (3 years ago)

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