Infamous (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Though comparisons with last year's Capote may be inevitable, Infamous takes a different angle in its depiction of the author, and stands up well enough on its own.

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Douglas McGrath's Infamous represents the second major biopic about the avant-garde belletrist Truman Capote to be released within a year. It thus tells roughly the same story as Bennett Miller's earlier Capote, recounting the events that belied the writer's six-year authorship of the seminal "nonfiction novel" In Cold Blood. The story opens with Capote (Toby Jones) visiting the site of the 1959 Clutter family homicide, on a Kansas research trip, accompanied by his close friend and colleague, author Harper Lee (Sandra Bullock). As Capote settles into the community, McGrath uses the preponderance of screen time to explore the emotional tapestry of Capote's increasingly risky emotional attachment to one of the two murderers, Perry Edward Smith (Daniel Craig), with whom he senses more than a few common bonds. McGrath weaves a decidedly bittersweet tale, contrasting the optimism and devil-may-care, "conquer all" attitude of Capote in his early years with a seemingly endless string of poor choices in the writer's later years, from addictions to drink and pills, to a failure to maintain healthy output as a writer, to poorly chosen romantic and sexual entanglements. Most significantly, however, McGrath reveals how the relationship with Smith virtually destroyed Capote as an artist and a human being, by inducing him to sell out on all levels to satisfy his lust for accomplishment and notoriety. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
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R (for language, violence and some sexuality)
Genre:
Drama
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Cast

Toby Jones
as Truman Capote
Sandra Bullock
as Nelle Harper Lee
Daniel Craig
as Perry Smith
Peter Bogdanovich
as Bennett Cerf
Jeff Daniels
as Alvin Dewey
Hope Davis
as Slim Keith
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Kitty Dean
Isabella Rossellini
as Marella Agnelli
Juliet Stevenson
as Diana Vreeland
Sigourney Weaver
as Babe Paley
John Benjamin Hickey
as Jack Dunphy
Michael Panes
as Gore Vidal
Mark Rubin
as El Morocco Band
Lee Pace
as Dick Hickock
Steve Schwelling
as El Morocco Band
Glover Gill
as El Morocco Band
Rey Arteaga
as El Morocco Band
Justin Sherburn
as El Morocco Band
Andrew Halbreich
as El Morocco Band
Terru Bennett
as DA's Secretary
Marco Perella
as Clifford Hope
Bethlyn Gerard
as Marie Dewey
Lee Ritchey
as Bill Paley
Libby Villari
as Delores Hope
Joey Basham
as Paul Dewey
Brent McCoy
as Herb Clutter
Marian Aleta Jones
as Ellen Bechner
Gail Cronauer
as Bonnie Clutter
Morgan Farris
as Nancy Clutter
Terri Zee
as Nancy Hickey
Austin Chittim
as Kenyon Clutter
Brian Shoop
as Everett Ogburn
Frank Curcio
as William Shawn
Terri Merritt Bennett
as D.A.'s Secretary
Brady Coleman
as Charles McAtee
Mitch Baker
as Reporter No. 1
Grant James
as Reporter No. 2
Terri Pipkin
as Prisoner
Ray Gestaut
as Lee Andrews
Joe Cordi
as Piano Player
Richard Dillard
as Man On Street
Brett Brock
as Tex Smith
Leticia Trejo
as Flo Smith
Brady Hender
as Young Perry
Zachary Burnett
as Young Truman
Dennis Letts
as Judge Tate
Gabriel Folse
as Foreman
Charles Mooneyhan
as Prison Guard
J.D. Young
as Prison Guard
Steve Flanagin
as Chaplain
Brady Hender
as Young Perry
J.D. Young
as Prison Guard
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Critic Reviews for Infamous

All Critics (149) | Top Critics (45)

This worthy second biopic of Truman Capote starts not with a bloodbath, but a cocktail.

Full Review… | July 2, 2009
I.E. Weekly
Top Critic

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Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Why did they go ahead anyway? Did they believe that an immense Capote audience was hungering for two films about him?

November 3, 2006
The New Republic
Top Critic

All that was painted grey in Capote becomes black-and-white here.

Full Review… | October 29, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Two good films about one subject [are] much better than a lot of bad films about different things.

October 17, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Jones gets everything -- the gestures, the generosity, the mean streak, the bending of the ear to recitals of woe, whether across a lunch table or a prison cell.

October 16, 2006
New Yorker
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Infamous

Toby Jones is truly great here, though overshadowed by Philip Seymour Hoffman's fantastic performance in the far superior Capote - with which the comparisons are inevitable. But this film suffers from many terrible documentary-like statements that explain what we can easily see.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

review coming

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Really good. Really well done. Really moving...Too many people compared this movie to Phillip Seymour Hoffman's movie. Not really fair, because it is taken from a different viewpoint entirely. Toby Jones is more convincing as Truman than Hoffman (and I am a very big fan of Hoffman). By the end of this movie, I was left with a heavy heart for Truman...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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