Movie Review Flashback- Capote (2005 Film)


Capote is directed by Bennett Miller and is based on the biography of the same name by Gerald Clarke. It tells the story of Truman Capote’s life during the events leading up to the publication of In Cold Blood. He is played brilliantly by Philip Seymour Hoffman. 

Truman Capote is a flamboyant author who is a favorite in the New York City scene. After reading an article about the murder of the Miller family in Kansas, Capote becomes and intrigued. He heads there with his friend Nelle Harper Lee to learn about the murders and the killers behind it. 

After meeting the killers, he begins to earn their trust and slowly gets information from them. He becomes especially close to Perry Smith. However, both murderers refuse to discuss the murders. None the less, Perry and Capote develop a strange emotional connection that confuses Capote as he begins to write the book. 

The film is brilliantly told and brilliantly acted. Hoffman, rightly so, won several awards including the Best Actor at the 78th Academy Awards. My only critique is it attempted to humanize the killers, especially Perry Smith. These men brutally killed four innocent victims and they deserved their punishment.

FAVORITE QUOTE: I have 94 per cent recall of all conversation. I tested it myself.

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence, Language, and mild sexual content


  • Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote
  • Catherine Keener as Nelle Harper Lee
  • Clifton Collins, Jr. as Perry Smith
  • Chris Cooper as Alvin Dewey
  • Bob Balaban as William Shawn
  • Bruce Greenwood as Jack Dunphy
  • Katherine Shindle as Rose
  • Amy Ryan as Marie Dewey
  • Mark Pellegrino as Richard “Dick” Hickock
  • Allie Mickelson as Laura Kinney
  • Marshall Bell as Warden Marshall Krutch
  • Araby Lockhart as Dorothy Sanderson
  • Robert Huculak as New York Reporter
  • R. D. Reid as Roy Church
  • Rob McLaughlin as Harold Nye
  • Harry Nelken as Sheriff Walter Sanderson
  • C. Ernst Harth as Lowell Lee Andrews
  • Jeremy Dangerfield as Jury Foreman

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