Telling Lies in America
|Telling Lies in America|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Guy Ferland|
Fran Rubel Kuzui|
|Written by||Joe Eszterhas|
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
|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.
It is a semi-autobiographical tale from Joe Eszterhas.
- 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, as it holds a 63% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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