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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(r) winner Chris Cooper (Adaptation) are why critics are calling CAPOTE a "must-see movie."

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

Product Details

  • Actors: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Craig Archibald, Bronwen Coleman, Kate Shindle
  • Directors: Bennett Miller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (732 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E33VWW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,968 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Capote" on IMDb

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303 of 327 people found the following review helpful By C. Collins on January 13, 2006
Format: DVD
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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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful By VINE VOICE on 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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59 of 71 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL ACUNA on February 23, 2006
Format: DVD
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By colinwoodward on March 7, 2006
Format: DVD
P. S. Hoffman won a well-deserved Best Actor award for his turn as Truman Capote. After years of stealing the show from other actors, in work as diverse and good as his roles in Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love, and Owning Mahowny (and he was the only reason to see dreck like Along Came Polly), he now has his statue. He is excellent as Capote, who comes across as brilliant and charming, but also self-centered and very manipulative. At Harper Lee's party for her "To Kill a Mocking Bird," Capote sulks, drinks, and hisses, "I don't see what all the fuss is about." He can't share in the joy of his lifelong friend. It's all about him. He paid a high price for getting his story, however. What made Capote a superstar, the "non-fiction novel" "In Cold Blood," also sucked the life out him: he never wrote another book. In the film, we see a writer obsessed. Truman is in love with the doomed Perry Smith, but he wants even more to get, and tell, a great story. When he hears that Smith might have his execution delayed, Truman fears he'll have a "nervous breakdown." You might not like Truman Capote after seeing this movie, but you'll want to read him--if you haven't already--or read more of his books. Hoffman completely embodies his character. Without his great performance, the movie wouldn't have worked. But the supporting roles are well played, too. One of last year's best movies.
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