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Capote (2005)

Philip Seymour Hoffman , Catherine Keener , Bennett Miller  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (552 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Craig Archibald, Bronwen Coleman, Kate Shindle
  • Directors: Bennett Miller
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai, Korean
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (552 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E33VWW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,191 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Capote" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Bennett Miller and actor Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Commentary by director Bennett Miller and cinematographer Adam Kimmel
  • Unanswered Prayers - a documentary on Truman Capote
  • 2 behind the scenes documentaries

Editorial Reviews

In November, 1959, the shocking murder of a smalltown Kansas family captures the imagination of Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman), famed author of Breakfast at Tiffany's. With his childhood friend Harper Lee (Catherine Keener), writer of the soon-to-be published To Kill a Mockingbird, Capote sets out to investigate, winning over the locals despite his flamboyant appearance and style. When he forms a bond with the killers and their execution date nears, the writing of "In Cold Blood," a book that will change the course of American literature, takes a drastic toll on Capote, changing him in ways he never imagined. Stellar performances from Hoffman and Keener, as well as Academy Award® winner Chris Cooper (Adaptation) are why critics are calling Capote a "must-see movie."

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276 of 299 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The rise and fall of a great talent January 13, 2006
Believe me when I tell you that this is one of the best films of the year. It is a complex and multi-layered work of art. Truman Capote, under assignment from the New Yorker magazine, explores a terrible murder of a family of four in the American heartland. He asks his childhood friend from Monroeville Alabama, Nelle Harper Lee, to act as his assistant and together they will explore the murder and its impact on the community for a magazine article. Phillip Seymour Hoffman delivers the acting performance of the year playing the role of the cognitively unique Capote. Catherine Keener was superb playing the solid strength of Harper Lee.

When the killers are soon caught and Capote sees the half-Native American Perry Smith, an odd chemistry develops and Capote becomes obsessed with Smith. Yet Capote manipulates the two murderers and even pays for their first court appeal in order to obtain more information for the article that has now developed into a book. Clifton Collins is excellent in the role of Perry Smith and Chris Cooper is excellent as the head of the Kansas division of the FBI.

Capote had a rare gift, the ability to make himself totally vulnerable through painful self revelation, so as to obtain entry into soul of his target. He does this with Smith and they begin a careful relationship whereby they reveal themselves to each other like chess players, each making careful calculated moves so as to obtain the maximum amount of information and manipulation of the other party.

Harper Lee confronts Capote asking whether he has fallen in love with Perry Smith, but Capote says that he and Smith are the same person, only Capote ran out the 'front door' and Smith ran out the 'back door".
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Year's Best... October 17, 2005
It is much more difficult to write a review of a great movie. You worry about doing the film justice, giving the film its due, convincing other that this film is worthy.

"Capote" is a great film. I can't think of enough superlatives to do the film justice.

November, 1959. Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman) sits in his apartment reading through the New York Times and spots a short item about the murder of a family on a farm in Kansas. Something about the article speaks to Capote, he can write about this and turn it into a great article for the New Yorker. He enlists the aid of his friend, and fellow writer, Harper Lee (Catherine Keener), as his research assistant for the trip. Upon their arrival in Kansas, they meet with Alvin Dewey (Chris Cooper), the lead investigator in the case, haunted by images of the crime scene and determined to find the killers. Dewey's wife invites Capote and Lee to dinner, thrilled to have a celebrity in the house, beginning a friendship with the Dewey's which leads to them sharing Christmas dinner. The meal is interrupted by a call from Las Vegas. The suspects have been captured. Capote remains in the small town, hoping for the opportunity to interview Perry Smith (Clifton Collins, Jr.) and Richard Hickock (Mark Pellegrino). When Capote meets Smith, he realizes that he has enough for a book. But he needs an ending. How and when will the book end?

"Capote", directed by Bennett Miller, written by Dan Futterman and produced by Phillip Seymour Hoffman, among others, is a great film. But I already said that, didn't I? See what I mean? It's difficult to do justice to a film like this.

The most amazing thing about the film is Hoffman's portrayal of Capote.
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55 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truman Show February 23, 2006
Director Bennett Miller has done a terrific job of creating a deep sense of foreboding and impending doom in his re-telling of the story of Truman Capote (Phillip Seymour Hoffman in a tour-de-force performance) and his relationship with the convicted Clutter family murderers, Perry Smith (an intense Clifton Collins, Jr.) and Richard Hickock (Mark Pellegrino).

Be forewarned though, "Capote" is not a filmic love letter to Truman Capote and his Jet Set cronies. This is a blunt, peeling away of the glamour that was the Capote persona and what Bennett comes up with is not pleasant...but it is honest and straightforward and for this Bennett is to be congratulated.

Hoffman, as opposed to say Charlize Theron's quasi-performance in "Monster," not only takes on the manner and physical attributes of Capote but he also inhabits and reveals the heart (hard) and soul (decayed) of the man responsible for the breath-taking, "In Cold Blood." But at what price to all involved: Smith, Hickock, FBI agent Alvin Dewey (Chris Cooper), close friend Harper Lee (a very subdued, Catherine Keener)?

"Capote" is a brilliant, shining example of deadly honest film making done at the very highest level. It is physically, psychically and mentally beautiful and like a fine old Burgundy it is meant to be consumed with as much commitment as it took to create it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Film As Art April 18, 2006
Simply said, this movie stands as an example of quality film making.

Based on Gerald Clarke's biography of the famous writer, Dan Futterman's screenplay focuses in on Capote's late 50's-early 60's period and the conflicted relationship he developed with killer Perry Edward Smith during his research for what would become his best-known work, IN COLD BLOOD.

Philip Seymour Hoffman is phenomenal. He's transformed into Capote, showing a coldly manipulating underside to the colorful writer who was world famous for his humorous socializing antics and talk show schmoozefests.

Great performances also from Catherine Keener as Nell Harper Lee (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD), Clifton Collins Jr. as Perry Edward Smith, and Chris Cooper as Kansas detective Alvin Dewey.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Riviting
I couldn't even get up to make coffee. Loved It. I Was surprised at how moving it was. I would watch it again.
Published 1 day ago by Kriss7007
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good movie
Having read and saw "In Cold Blood" years ago, it was interesting to me to see the life of the author during the time that he wrote "In Cold Blood". Read more
Published 1 day ago by Samuel B. Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly engaging.
We were pleasantly surprised at this movie. The acting was superb, and and the movie engaging. It's too bad that the object of the story is no longer with us.
Published 2 days ago by Dianne Stiff
4.0 out of 5 stars Capote film hard to hear
Great acting but hard to follow the dialogue. Interesting story line and review of who Capote was and his influence in writing
Published 2 days ago by Grandma Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I had just read the book "in Cold Blood" before seeing this, and the movie actually deepened my understanding of the book and its author. Fascinating!
Published 2 days ago by Deborah C.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth watching
I watched half, if that much, of the movie. To me it was boring. To others it may be good. I guess it's just not my style.
Published 2 days ago by roxie
3.0 out of 5 stars LIked the movie
Liked the movie, didn't think other characters were fleshed out but was an interesting movie. Would recommend to anyone interested in the writing of the book "In Cold... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Kathy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good way to spend and evening
I saw the original movie and thought it was dark for the times. This movie revealed a few things I did not pick up from the original. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Juan V.
3.0 out of 5 stars Capote
Movie was not entertaining as expected. Rented because I have enjoyed watching main actor in other movies. Never really understood the interest in Capote.
Published 3 days ago by MSR Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Capote
Hoffman did such an excellent acting job on this film, it affected the rest of his life. Sadly, he is missed and was not
able to give the world more of his extraordinary... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Grandma
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