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Where the Truth Lies (2005)

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Karen O'Connor, a young journalist known for her celebrity profiles, is consumed with discovering the truth behind a long-buried incident that affected the lives and careers of showbiz team Vince Collins and Lanny Morris.

Director:

Atom Egoyan

Writers:

Atom Egoyan (screenplay), Rupert Holmes (novel)
2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Lanny
Colin Firth ... Vince
Alison Lohman ... Karen
David Hayman ... Reuben
Rachel Blanchard ... Maureen
Maury Chaykin ... Sally Sanmarco
Sonja Bennett ... Bonnie
Kristin Adams ... Alice
Deborah Grover ... Mrs. O'Flaherty
Beau Starr ... Jack Scaglia
Arsinée Khanjian ... Publishing Executive
Gabrielle Rose ... Publishing Executive
Don McKellar ... Publishing Executive
David Hemblen ... NY Hotel Concierge
John Moraitis John Moraitis ... Irv Fleischman
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Storyline

Karen O'Connor tells the story about two distinct but related periods in her life. In 1972, she is an up-and-coming Los Angeles based journalist who has been given the lucrative assignment of convincing once successful comic Vince Collins, who is at the tail end of his career, to allow her to ghost write his memoirs. Most specifically, she has the task from her publishers of discovering the reason behind two issues in Vince's life from 1957: why he and his former on-stage partner Lanny Morris, who is still active and well known within the entertainment business, broke up their professional partnership shortly after they hosted a successful thirty-nine hour telethon for polio research in Miami, there not having been any indication of problems between the two before that; and how did the dead body of Maureen O'Flaherty end up in the water filled bathtub in Vince and Lanny's New Jersey hotel suite, the opening of that New Jersey hotel owned by mobster Sally Sanmarco which was Lanny and ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

7 October 2005 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Where the Truth Lies See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

CAD 184,496 (Canada), 9 October 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,726, 16 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$871,527, 27 November 2005
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

An important plot twist, part of the reason the film was given an NC-17 rating in the U.S., is revealed in the documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006). See more »

Goofs

The dates given in the movie are inconsistent. The telethon takes place Veterans Day weekend, November, 1957. It is stated that telethon finished on noon that Sunday, which, according to the calendar, would be November 10th. However the date on the room service bill signed the previous afternoon for Maureen is also dated November 10th. And when the duo are asked to open the New Jersey night club on November 15th, they respond they can't because that is the next day after the telethon ... and that date is inconsistent with both the calendar and the room service bill. See more »

Quotes

Vince: [beating up a bigot backstage] Say what you like about any jew in the world... BUT NOBODY CALLS MY PARTNER A *KIKE*
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Alternate Versions

In the United States, the MPAA cut the film for an R rating. However, the original uncut version was later released unrated on DVD. Some international versions, including the UK version, are the original uncut version. See more »

Connections

References Today (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

I Ain't Got Nobody (And There's Nobody Cares for Me)
(1915)
Performed by The Blue Grotto Band
Music by Spencer Williams
Lyrics by Roger Graham
(c) Wiener Boheme-Verlag GmbH/Irving Caesar Music Corp.
By kind permission of BMG Music Publishing Ltd./EMI Music Publishing Ltd./Warner/Chappell Music Ltd. and Campbell Connelly & Co. Ltd.
In a medley with "Just a Gigolo"
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This film wants to be too much at the same time
23 January 2006 | by rubenmSee all my reviews

In enjoyed most of Egoyan's movies very much, but I was disappointed by Where The Truth Lies. I got the impression the film wants to be too much at the same time. There is no real focus while the story swerves from the fifties to the seventies, and from Los Angeles to New York to Miami. It's a historical portrait about Hollywood in the fifties, but also a psychological drama and a whodunit at the same time. This movie could have been great if it restricted itself to one of those genres. I kept wondering what Egoyan wanted to tell us - except who killed Maureen O'Flaherty. Maybe he wanted to tell us only that, but in that case the movie could have been a lot less complex. What annoyed me most was the completely improbable plot. A corpse in a lobster crate, mixed-up identities, secret letters from unknown senders, blackmail threats - that's so Agatha Christie! And I wonder if anyone felt not disappointed after the ridiculous ending.


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