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Capote Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

The creation of one of the most memorable books of the 1960s -- and the impact the writing and research would have on its author -- is explored in this drama based on a true story. In 1959, Truman Capote (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) was a critically acclaimed novelist who had earned a small degree of celebrity for his work when he read a short newspaper item about a multiple murder in a small Kansas town. For some reason, the story fascinated Capote, and he asked William Shawn (Bob Balaban), his editor at The New Yorker, to let him write a piece about the case. Capote had long believed that in the right hands, a true story could be molded into a tale as compelling as any fiction, and he believed this event, in which the brutal and unimaginable was visited upon a community where it was least expected, could be just the right material. Capote traveled to Kansas with his close friend Harper Lee (Catherine Keener), herself becoming a major literary figure with the success of To Kill a Mockingbird, and while Capote's effete and mannered personal style stuck out like a sore thumb in Kansas, in time he gained the trust of Alvin Dewey (Chris Cooper), the Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent investigating the murder of the Clutter family, and with his help Capote's magazine piece grew into a full-length book. Capote also became familiar with the petty criminals who killed the Clutter family, Dick Hickock (Mark Pellegrino) and Perry Smith (Clifton Collins Jr.), and in Smith he found a troubling kindred spirit more like himself than he wanted to admit. After attaining a sort of friendship with Smith under the assumption that the man would be executed before the book was ever published, Capote finds himself forced to directly confront the moral implications of his actions with regards to both his role in the man's death, and the way that he would be remembered. Capote also co-stars Bruce Greenwood as Capote's longtime companion Jack Dunphy, and Amy Ryan as Mary Dewey, Alvin's wife who became a confidante of Capote's. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 30, 2005

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Adam Kimmel Best Cinematography 2005 Nominee
Producers Guild of America Michael Ohoven Producer of the Year 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Ohoven Best Picture 2006 Nominee
San Diego Film Critics Association Bennett Miller Best Director 2005 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Bennett Miller Best Director (Runner-up) 2005 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Bennett Miller Best First Film 2005 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Bennett Miller Most Promising Director 2005 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Bennett Miller Best Director 2005 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association Bennett Miller Breakthrough Filmmaker 2005 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Bennett Miller Best Director 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bennett Miller Best Director 2005 Nominee
Toronto Film Critics Association Bennett Miller Best First Feature 2005 Nominee
Producers Guild of America William Vince Producer of the Year 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William Vince Best Picture 2005 Nominee
Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association Catherine Keener Best Supporting Actress 2005 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Catherine Keener Best Supporting Actress 2005 Winner
Boston Society of Film Critics Catherine Keener Best Supporting Actress 2005 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Catherine Keener Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up) 2005 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Catherine Keener Best Supporting Actress 2005 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Catherine Keener Best Supporting Actress 2005 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association Catherine Keener Best Supporting Actress 2005 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Catherine Keener Best Supporting Actress 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Catherine Keener Best Supporting Actress 2005 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Catherine Keener Best Supporting Actress 2005 Nominee
Toronto Film Critics Association Catherine Keener Best Supporting Actress 2005 Nominee
San Diego Film Critics Association Dan Futterman Best Adapted Screenplay 2005 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Dan Futterman Best Screenplay 2005 Winner
Boston Society of Film Critics Dan Futterman Best Screenplay 2005 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Dan Futterman Best Screenplay (Runner-up) 2005 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Dan Futterman Best Screenplay 2005 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Dan Futterman Best Adapted Screenplay 2005 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association Dan Futterman Best Adapted Screenplay 2005 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Dan Futterman Best Adapted Screenplay 2005 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Dan Futterman Best Screenplay 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dan Futterman Best Adapted Screenplay 2005 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Dan Futterman Best Screenplay 2005 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Dan Futterman Screenwriter of the Year 2006 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Actor 2005 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Actor 2005 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2005 Winner
Online Film Critics Association Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Actor 2005 Winner
Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Actor 2005 Winner
San Diego Film Critics Association Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Actor 2005 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Actor 2005 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Actor 2005 Winner
Boston Society of Film Critics Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Actor 2005 Winner
National Board of Review Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Actor 2005 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Actor 2005 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Actor 2005 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Actor 2005 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Actor 2005 Winner
Iowa Film Critics Association Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Actor 2005 Nominee
Kansas City Film Critics Association Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Actor 2005 Nominee
Toronto Film Critics Association Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Actor 2005 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Actor 2006 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Caroline Baron Producers Award 2005 Winner
Producers Guild of America Caroline Baron Producer of the Year 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Caroline Baron Best Picture 2005 Nominee

Cast

Philip Seymour Hoffman
as Truman Capote
Catherine Keener
as Nelle Harper Lee
Clifton Collins, Jr.
as Perry Smith
Chris Cooper
as Alvin Dewey
Bruce Greenwood
as Jack Dunphy
Bob Balaban
as William Shawn
Amy Ryan
as Mary Dewey
Mark Pellegrino
as Dick Hickock
C. Ernst Harth
as Lowell Lee Andrews
Allie Mickelson
as Laura Kinney
Marshall Bell
as Warden Marshall Krutch
Araby Lockhart
as Dorothy Sanderson
R.D. Reid
as Roy Church
Harry Nelken
as Sheriff Walter Sanderson
Kerr Hewitt
as Danny Burke
Jeremy Dangerfield
as Jury Foreman
Kwesi Ameyaw
as Porter
Jim Shepard
as Chaplain
John B. Destry
as Pete Holt
Adam Kimmel
as Richard Avedon
Jim Shepard
as Chaplain
C. Ernst Harth
as Lowell Lee Andrews
Marshall Bell
as Warden Marshall Krutch
R.D. Reid
as Roy Church
John B. Destry
as Pete Holt
Jeremy Dangerfield
as Jury Foreman
Harry Nelken
as Sheriff Walter Sanderson
Kwesi Ameyaw
as Porter
Allie Mickelson
as Laura Kinney
Araby Lockhart
as Dorothy Sanderson
Kerr Hewitt
as Danny Burke

Crew

Bennett Miller
Director
Michael Ohoven
Producer
Caroline Baron
Producer
William Vince
Producer
Dan Futterman
Screenwriter
Adam Kimmel
Cinematographer
Mychael Danna
Composer (Music Score)
Christopher Tellefsen
Editor
Jess Gonchor
Production Designer
Gordon Peterson
Art Director
Kyle Mann
Associate Producer
Emily Ziff
Associate Producer
Kyle Irving
Associate Producer
Dave Valleau
Associate Producer
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Executive Producer
Kerry Rock
Executive Producer
Danny Rosett
Executive Producer
Dan Futterman
Executive Producer
Scott Rossell
Set Decorator
Maryam Decter
Set Decorator
Ron Bochar
Sound/Sound Designer
Elizabeth Greenberg
Casting
Ellen Rutter
Production Manager
Avy Kaufman
Casting
Aldo Signoretti
Hair Styles
Pamela Atheyde
Makeup
Jacques Methe
Line Producer
Alanna Mills
Script Supervisor
Ronaldo Nacionales
Assistant Director
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