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In 1959, Truman Capote was a popular writer for The New Yorker. He learns about the horrific and senseless murder of a family of four in Halcomb, Kansas. Inspired by the story, Capote and his partner, Harper Lee, travel to the town to do research for an article. However, as Capote digs deeper into the story, he is inspired to expand the project into what would be his greatest work, "In Cold Blood." He arranges extensive interviews with the prisoners, especially with Perry Smith. However, his feelings of compassion for Perry conflicts with his need for closure for his book which only an execution can provide. That conflict and the mixed motives for both interviewer and subject make for a troubling experience that would produce an literary account that would redefine modern non-fiction.
Publisher: Culver City, California :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, 2006
Edition: Anamorphic widescreen version (aspect ratio: 2.35:1)
Copyright Date: ©2005
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (approximately 114 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, video, surround, stereo, Dolby digital 5.1, rda
2.35:1 widescreen, rda
DVD, NTSC, rda
video file, DVD, region 1, rda


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Mar 22, 2021

Found it too slow paced. I was distracted by big tall Philip Seymour Hoffman whom I had seen in many other movies playing short little Truman Capote by some form of modern movie magic. I am however intrigued by it so I will give the novel a try.

Mar 10, 2021


Jul 07, 2020

Hoffman was excellent choice for Capote. Dialog was hard to understand with his mumbling.
Capote never wrote another book after Cold Blood. Many years ago Robert Blake portrayed Perry Smith in Cold Blood. Special features interesting. Filmed in Canada. Good to see Chris Cooper, former native of Kansas City.

JCLMattC Jun 24, 2020

A bleak portrayal of Truman Capote's literary involvement in the Clutter killing aftermath in western Kansas. It's a little quiet, a little dry, but electrified by Philip Seymour Hoffman's outstanding performance. Way beyond just a Truman Capote impersonation.

Mar 22, 2020

A fascinating character study and riveting crime drama centered around Philip Seymour Hoffman, who justifiably won the Academy Award for his spot-on portrayal of the quirky, affected author Truman Capote. Here we find Capote fresh off the success of his book "Breakfast at Tiffany's," working for the New Yorker and looking for his next inspiration. A story out of Kansas piques his interest: a farmer and his entire family found brutally murdered. Accompanied by his childhood friend, Harper Lee (well-played also by Catherine Keener), Capote takes the next train to Kansas to find out all he can about the story. When the alleged killers are apprehended, as Capote meets with them to research their backgrounds he finds himself unwittingly embarking on a sort of friendship with one of them. Complex characters and a strong attention to detail help make this a superb film.

Hoffman was brilliant. I'm old enough to remember Capote on the talk show circuit and whatnot. Hoffman nails it. The overall story is well done, too. Great biopic. Fix yourself some fancy hors d'oeuvres, make a nice cheese plate, pour yourself some wine, and enjoy this excellent movie.

Mar 29, 2016

Phillip Seymour Hoffman was riveting, and the supporting characters were excellent. The film captured that chapter of Capote's life in a very compelling way.

Aug 21, 2014


sueysurf Mar 16, 2014

Excellent movie. I can see why Seymour won best actor. I'll probably read the book now. Ann Rule is a great true crime writer so it should be interesting what I think of the book In Cold Blood.

Alana01 Feb 20, 2014

I thought this movie was great and mourn the loss of a great actor, Why are all the good ones hooked on drugs?

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Other: NOT a movie for youngsters

nadian Nov 27, 2008

Sexual Content: Sexual language

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Violence: Graphic murder scenes.

Aug 22, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Violence: This title contains Violence.

Aug 22, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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