Why Would I Lie?
|Why Would I Lie?|
|Directed by||Larry Peerce|
|Produced by||Pancho Kohner
James L. Stewart
|Written by||Peter Stone
Hollis Hodges (novel)
Anne Byrne Hoffman
|Music by||Charles Fox|
|Edited by||John C. Howard|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
Why Would I Lie? is a 1980 American comedy/drama film about a compulsive liar named Cletus (Treat Williams). The film, which was directed by Larry Peerce and shot in Spokane, Washington, is based on the novel The Fabricator by Hollis Hodges.
Cletus, a compulsive liar, is employed as a social worker. He tries to find a home for a young boy named Jorge and, in so doing, falls in love with Jorge's social worker.
- Treat Williams as Cletus
- Lisa Eichhorn as Kay
- Gabriel Macht as Jorge (credited as Gabriel Swann)
- Valerie Curtin as Mrs. Bok
Janet Maslin of the New York Times was not impressed: "It takes about three-quarters of an hour to figure out where Why Would I Lie? is going, and by that time it's clear the movie won't get there. ...First seen on his psychiatrist's couch, where he sports an antique coal miner's helmet, Cletus appears to be a cute, troubled guy in the Morgan! mold. It never becomes clear quite what he is, though. And before the audience even has time to get used to him, he has become involved in a convoluted plot that probably worked better on the page than it does on the screen. ...As directed by Larry Peerce, Why Would I Lie? isn't often funny, especially since Cletus's tall tales generally have a macabre ring. ...Mr. Williams can be charming, but he has none of the whimsical nature that might make Cletus's exploits believable."
- Nominee Best Comedy Picture - Young Artist Award
- Nominee Best Young Actor - Young Artist Award (Gabriel Macht)
- Janet Maslin, "'Why Would I Lie': A Comedy" Oct. 10, 1980 http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9803E6D71238F933A25753C1A966948260
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