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Running Time:
1 hour, 50 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for some violent images and brief strong language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A superlative Academy Award™ winning performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman that's both entertaining and deeply disturbing makes this a film you won't want to miss.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Audio commentary by director Bennett Miller and actor Philip Seymour Hoffman; second commentary by Miller and cinematographer Adam Kimmel; "Unanswered Prayers," a documentary on Truman Capote; two behind-the-scenes documentaries.

It took five years for Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman) to research and write his most famous and last completed book, "In Cold Blood," a true story about the senseless killing of a Kansas farm family of four. Clifton Collins, Jr. and Mark Pellegrino play the youthful, good-looking killers, Perry Smith and Richard Hickock. Capote, and his chief researcher Nelle Harper Lee (Catherine Keener), also author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," captivate the local sheriff (nicely underplayed by Chris Cooper "Adaptation") by telling him stories of Capote's friendship with the famous actors on the set of "Breakfast at Tiffany's," which he wrote. Using his charm on the sheriff and later a bribe to the prison warden, Capote gains amazing and probably unprecedented access to the killers and the evidence in the case whenever he wanted, for as long as he wanted. The film's creepy power comes from the bond that Capote forms with the murderers, especially a palpably weird attachment to Perry Smith, so that after several years of cajoling, he's finally able to get all of the information he needs, and then he quickly abandons them. This realistic depiction of evil of all kinds is bound to leave you cold and shaking. The bleak images of Adam Kimmel's gorgeous cinematography will add to your unease making director Bennett Miller's second film (he made "The Cruise" in 1998) easily one of the best and certainly most unforgettable films of the year.

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