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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.



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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.

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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 Krutch
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 Sanderson
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 (193) | Top Critics (43)

  • Capote is a cool and polished hall of mirrors reflecting the ways in which Truman Capote came to write (and be written by) In Cold Blood.

    Jan 5, 2006
  • Hoffman goes beyond impersonation to something close to possession.

    Oct 29, 2005 | Rating: A-
  • Skillfully and economically put together.

    Oct 29, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The almost perfectly realized Capote -- stumbling only in the lack of shading it gives Keener's and Greenwood's characters -- offers a sobering glimpse at what the author had to give up of his soul to achieve his success.

    Oct 28, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A meditation on the artist's obligations to the art and to society and lines that blur when you cross them.

    Oct 28, 2005 | Rating: 5/5
  • It's a fully realized look at a time and place as well as a riveting study of career obsessions warring with a sense of justice.

    Oct 28, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4

Audience Reviews for Capote

  • 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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