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Bennett Miller's CAPOTE is a finely crafted biopic that recounts a historic chapter in American history and, in the process, captures the unraveling of a truly gifted mind. Starring an extraordinary Philip Seymour Hoffman as the legendary Truman Capote, the film concentrates on the seven-year period during which Capote wrote his groundbreaking nonfiction novel, IN COLD BLOOD. One morning in 1959, Capote learned of a horrific family killing in Holcomb, Kansas. With the intention of writing an article for the New Yorker, he traveled to the Midwest with his good friend Nell Harper Lee (Catherine Keener), who was about to publish her own masterwork, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Somehow, the soft-spoken, eccentric writer managed to earn the trust of local authorities--most notably, reserved K.B.I. agent Alvin Dewey (Chris Cooper). But when the two killers were caught and returned to Kansas to await trial, Capote began to form an intense emotional bond with one of them, Perry Smith (Clifton Collins, Jr.). The pressure of this connection threatened to push an already fragile Capote into the darkest recesses of himself. His only hope was to finish the book that he was convinced would shock the nation and change the course of writing forever. Hoffman's tender portrayal of the writer is a remarkable achievement. He slips into the skin of Capote flawlessly, allowing viewers to experience Capote's inner turmoil for themselves. Keener and Cooper once again deliver compassionate performances. But it is Miller's overall vision, based on a script by Dan Futterman and beautifully realized by his technical collaborators (especially director of photography Adam Kimmel and production designer Jess Gonchor), that makes CAPOTE an Oscar-worthy production.


Studio Sony
SKU 202172822
UPC 043396126480
UPC 14 00043396126480
Format DVD
Release Date 5/25/2010
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Hoffman,Philip Seym
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Name Bennett Miller
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Cast & Crew
Adam Kimmel - Cinematographer
Bennett Miller - Director
Catherine Keener - Actor
Chris Cooper - Actor
Christopher Tellefsen - Editor
Clifton Collins, Jr. - Actor
Dan Futterman - Screenplay
Gerald Clarke - Based On Novel By
Kyle Irving - Executive Producer
Michael Ohoven - Executive Producer
Mychael Danna - Original Music By
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Actor
Independent Spirit (2006) Adam Kimmel, Nominee, Best Cinematography,Caroline Baron, Winner, Producers Award,Caroline Baron, William Vince, Michael Ohoven, Nominee, Best Feature,Dan Futterman, Winner, Best Screenplay,Philip Seymour Hoffman, Winner, Best Male Lead
Oscar (2006) Bennett Miller, Nominee, Best Achievement in Directing,Caroline Baron, William Vince, Michael Ohoven, Nominee, Best Motion Picture of the Year,Catherine Keener, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role,Dan Futterman, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published,Philip Seymour Hoffman, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy Awards (2006) Bennett Miller, Nominee, David Lean Award for Direction,Caroline Baron, William Vince, Michael Ohoven, Nominee, Best Film,Catherine Keener, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role,Dan Futterman, Nominee, Best Screenplay - Adapted,Philip Seymour Hoffman, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild (2006) Catherine Keener, Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role,Philip Seymour Hoffman, Winner, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role,Philip Seymour Hoffman et. al., Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Golden Globe (2006) Philip Seymour Hoffman, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Review The depiction of Capote as a social alien - even when holding court at the Gotham soirees that were far more germane to him than Kansas farm country - adds poignancy to the sense of kindred, misunderstood spirits that evolves between the writer and Smith. The convicted killer transfixes Truman from his first sight of him to his much-delayed execution, fueling the writer's creative genius but also destabilizing him emotionally. In many ways, this is a tragic story of unfulfilled love.
Reviewer David Rooney
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review ...key characters are Capote's lover, Jack Dunphy (Bruce Greenwood), and his editor at the New Yorker, William Shawn (Bob Balaban). "Jack thinks I'm using Perry," Truman tells Harper. "He also thinks I fell in love with him in Kansas." Shawn thinks In Cold Blood, when it is finally written, is "going to change how people write." He prints the entire book in his magazine. The movie "In Cold Blood" had no speaking role for Capote, who in a sense stood behind the camera with the director. If "Capote" had simply flipped the coin and told the story of the Clutter murders from Capote's point of view, it might have been a good movie, but what makes it so powerful is that it looks with merciless perception at Capote's moral disintegration.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), French Dubbed & Subtitled, Spanish Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Amy Ryan / Bob Balaban / Bruce Greenwood / Catherine Keener / Chris Cooper / Clifton Collins / Dan Futterman / Hoffman,Philip Seym / Mark Pellegrino / Philip Seymour Hoffman
Director Bennett Miller
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Video Format DVD
James Verniere, Boston Herald To miss Capote would be a crime!
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone It's a knockout!
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