Telling Lies in America
|Telling Lies in America|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Guy Ferland|
Fran Rubel Kuzui|
|Written by||Joe Eszterhas|
|Music by||Andy Paley|
|Edited by||Jill Savitt|
|Distributed by||Banner Entertainment|
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.
- Kevin Bacon as Billy Magic
- Brad Renfro as Karchy 'Chucky'/'Slick' Jonas
- Maximilian Schell as Dr. Istvan Jonas
- Calista Flockhart as Diney Majeski
- Paul Dooley as Father Norton
- Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Kevin Boyle
- Luke Wilson as Henry
- Damen Fletcher as Amos 'Blood Smith'
- Jerry Swindall as Andy 'Croak' Stas
- K.K. Dodds as Justine
- James Kisicki as Cecil Simms
- J.J. Horna as The Blind Kid
- Ben Saypol as Timmy Morelli
- Tony Devon as Danny Hogan
- Rohn Thomas as Sgt. Disapri
- Tuesday Knight as WHK Receptionist
Telling Lies in America received mixed to positive reviews from critics. It holds a 65% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 17 reviews, with an average rating of 6.1/10. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 65 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
- Holden, Stephen (October 9, 1997). "FILM REVIEW; 60's Payola Is His First Taste of America". The New York Times.
- Evans, Bradford (2 June 2011). "The Lost Roles of John Candy". Splitsider. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- "Telling Lies in America (1997)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
- "Telling Lies in America Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
- Telling Lies in America on IMDb
- Telling Lies in America at AllMovie
- Telling Lies in America at Box Office Mojo
- Telling Lies in America at Rotten Tomatoes
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