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 coming-of-age 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. Billy picks Karchy as when he figures out Billy cheated to win his radio contest, he figures Karchy would be perfect to associate with Magic's scam. Karchy does so, not realizing that this may jeopardize him and his father's U.S. citizenship. He pursues a co-worker at a local grocery store where he works, only to find out she was engaged all along. Karchy idolizes Billy only to find out how corrupted, bitter and cynical he truly is.

It is a semi-autobiographical tale from Joe Eszterhas.[citation needed]



According to the website Splitsider, actor John Candy was considered for the role of Billy Magic.[2]


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.


  1. ^ Holden, Stephen (October 9, 1997). "FILM REVIEW; 60's Payola Is His First Taste of America". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Evans, Bradford (2 June 2011). "The Lost Roles of John Candy". Splitsider. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 

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