Telling Lies in America

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Telling Lies in America
Telling Lies in America (1997) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Guy Ferland
Produced by Fran Rubel Kuzui
Ben Myron
Written by Joe Eszterhas
Starring Kevin Bacon
Brad Renfro
Calista Flockhart
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Luke Wilson
Music by Andy Paley
Cinematography Reynaldo Villalobos
Edited by Jill Savitt
Distributed by Banner Entertainment
Release dates
  • October 15, 1997 (1997-10-15) (United States)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $4 million
Box office $318,809

Telling Lies in America is a 1997 drama film directed by Guy Ferland and written by Joe Eszterhas.[1]


Karchy Jonas (Brad Renfro) is a 17-year-old high-school student (who emigrated from Hungary 7 years earlier) trying to find his way in the world. He meets radio personality Billy Magic (Kevin Bacon) who takes him under his wing. However, authorities are after Billy for accepting payola from record companies to give their songs air time.

It is a semi-autobiographical tale from Joe Eszterhas.



Telling Lies in America received mixed to positive reviews from critics, as it holds a 63% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


In 2012, it was announced that the film would be released as part of a Blu-ray Disc double feature with Traveller from Shout! Factory on May 25.


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