Telling Lies in America Movie Review 1996

Information and Film Reviews for Telling Lies in America the Movie

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Semiautobiographical Esterhaus-penned coming-of-ager allies a star-struck and naive Hungarian immigrant teen with dirty deejay on the take in early 60s Cleveland. Karchy Jones (Renfro) worships the slick polyester prince of the airwaves Billy Magic (Bacon), and through a contest at school, wins a chance to become his eager-beaver lackey. The twisted rock-n-roll mentor shows Karchy his own, highly cynical version of attaining the American Dream which, naturally, leads to trouble. Universally acclaimed performance by Bacon, who takes a one-dimensional persona and runs with it. Flockhart plays the "it" girl of Karchy's dreams. Smoothly told story suffers from a few of the usual cliches, but makes up for in heart.


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Running time 101 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Coming of Age, Dream Girls, Radio, Period Piece: 1960s, Teen Angst
Joe Eszterhas
Kevin Bacon, Brad Renfro, Maximilian Schell, Calista Flockhart, Paul Dooley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Luke Wilson
Reynaldo Villalobos
Guy Ferland
Nicholas Pike
Brian Swardstrom, Mickey Liddell

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