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Running Time:
1 hour, 50 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for language, violence and some sexuality

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This second version of Truman Capote's brilliant idea to write a non-fiction novel about the murder of that Kansas farm family, is funnier, lots more graphic and nearly as good as "Capote."

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Commentary by screenwriter/director; Douglas McGrath; Theatrical trailer

This interpretation of the investigation into the 1959 murders of the Kansas farm family was written and directed by Douglas McGrath ("Emma") which he based on George Plimpton's oral biography "Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career."

Starting out quite amusingly in a glitzy New York Supper Club with Gwyneth Paltrow ("Emma") singing Cole Porter's "What is This Thing Called Love" while denizens of New York high society including Babe Paley (Sigourney Weaver "Alien"), Slim Keith (Hope Davis "About Schmidt") and Vogue editor Diana Vreeland (Juliet Stevenson "Being Julia") among others, listen and gossip with their queen bee - Truman Capote (Toby Jones - Smee in "Finding Neverland"). Before long Truman is heading to Kansas with his childhood best friend and fellow author Nelle Harper Lee (Sandra Bullock "Miss Congeniality") to write an article for The New Yorker about how a small Kansas town has been affected by the murders of the Clutter family. She acts as guide and guardian for this troll with the cartoon voice and full-length fur as he tries to question Alvin Dewey (Jeff Daniels "The Purple Rose of Cairo"), the Kansas prosecutor and interview the townspeople. But she's soon sidelined as the movie shifts from a fish-out-of-water comedy to a gripping drama as Truman begins interviewing the the two killers in their cells.

Before long his intense obsession with one of them, Perry Smith (Daniel Craig "Sylvia"), leads virtually to his own ruin. His seduction of the murderer for the sake of his book reveals their similar backgrounds as each of them had fathers who disappeared and mothers who committed suicide and each of them is greedy for attention.

Lee Pace ("The White Countess" ) plays Dick Hickock the second killer. Hope Davis, Juliet Stevenson and Sigourney Weaver are entertaining as the buzzing socialite swans and Peter Bogdanovich (TV's "The Sopranos") is quite good as Bennett Cerf, as the editor when "In Cold Blood" is finally published as a book, but not before Capote is able to give it a proper ending which cannot happen until he observes the two killers graphically put to death by hanging.

Sadly, Toby Jones who gives an uncanny performance, won't get as much glory as Phillip Seymour Hoffman did when he won the Academy Award for playing the role. But he's every bit as good and his stature is much closer to that of the real Capote. Fortunately the story is fascinating enough to make this second interpretation entertaining, even if it's only been a year since the release of "Capote."

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