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language: English
Cast: Toby Jones (Truman Capote), Sandra Bullock (Nelle Harper Lee), Daniel Craig (Perry Smith), Peter Bogdanovich (Bennett Cerf), Jeff Daniels (Alvin Dewey), Hope Davis (Slim Keith), Gwyneth Paltrow (Kitty Dean), Isabella Rossellini (Marella Agnelli), Juliet Stevenson (Diana Vreeland), Sigourney Weaver (Babe Paley), John Benjamin Hickey (Jack Dunphy), Michael Panes (Gore Vidal) and Lee Pace (Dick Hickock).
Producers: Christine Vachon, Jocelyn Hayes and Anne Walker-McBay;
Director: Douglas McGrath;
Writing credits: Douglas McGrath, based on the book by George Plimpton
Edited by: Camilla Toniolo
Director of Photography: Bruno Delbonnel;
Music: Rachel Portman
Release Date: October 13, 2006
Production House: Warner Independent Pictures.
Running Time: 118 minutes
Rating: R


Weird but true: two movies released in the same subject in one year. The other film won the main character Capote – played by Philip Seymore Hoffman an Oscar but although Toby Jones may not win an academy award his portrayal of the vain yet sensitive 1960s writer Truman Capote is different enough from Hoffman’s Capote to make ‘Infamous’ a movie to relish.

The cattiness and the complexity of the lives of the Manhattan socialites are aptly revealed by the elegant performances of Sigourney Weaver, Isabella Rosellini and Hope Davis. As the confidant of Manhattan Matrons Truman Capote was part of the Island’s social scene till a cold blooded massacre in far off Kansas takes him and his friend Nelle Harper Lee, played by Miss congeniality herself – Sandra Bullock, to the rural heartland of the US of A. As the search for the killers continues and Capote interacts with the killer Perry Smith played by the next James Bond - Daniel Craig – we find the movie moving away from the portrayal of Miller’s ‘Capote’. Where in ‘Capote’ Hoffman’s character dominates that of the killer in Infamous Daniel Craig as Perry Smith has Capote enthralled.

The movie captures the era and the frustrations and vulnerabilities of its characters hauntingly. Daniel Craig’s performance as the villain is memorable – hopefully his Bond will be something to look forward to. ‘Planet of the Apes’ and ‘Fear’ star Mark Whalberg may yet end up regretting giving up the opportunity to play Smith. ‘Infamous’ brings out the dark side life dealing as it does with Capote’s obsession with Smith as he writes In Cold Blood and lives through the investigation of the massacre far from his usual habitat. Kansas is stark after the opulence of the Manhattan social scene but a perfect backdrop to the investigation of the heinous crime led by Jeff Daniels’ character Alwin Dewey. George Plimpton’s book on the life of the literary figure and his brush with stark reality has been ably recreated in Infamous – notwithstanding the repetition of the tale in less than a year.

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