Telling Lies In America

Telling Lies In America

Director: Guy Ferland Cast: Kevin Bacon, Brad Renfro, Maximilian Schell


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Karchy Jonas (Brad Renfro) was born in Hungary and immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio in the early 1960s where he felt adrift in a strange sea of American culture. Jonas tries to fit in at the Catholic high school he attends but finds himself a laughing stock. At home, his stern father (Maximilian Schell) insists that he adhere to traditional Hungarian ways. Karchy's only respite is the rock & roll music he adores. A year before he arrived, flashy, failed disc jockey Billy Magic (Kevin Bacon) rolled into town, found a job at WHK and became the host of the High School Hall of Fame contest, something that Karchy decides he must win so he too can be cool and therefore impress his lovely classmate Diney (Calista Flockhart). Eventually, he does win and before long has made friends with Billy. The DJ proves to be a real pal and pays Karchy a C-note a week to run a few errands and do odd jobs for him. Some of those tasks involve taking money from promoters. When not working, Billy is introducing Karchy to life's wild side. But despite such fun times, there is much the naive youth is destined to learn the hard way about his new buddy Billy. The film's story comes from screenwriter Joe Eszterhas' (Basic Instinct) script, penned around 1982. Himself a Hungarian immigrant, Eszterhas added a few autobiographical touches to the script.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/2000
UPC: 0720917015644
Original Release: 1997
Rating: PG13
Source: Fox Lorber

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Bacon Billy Magic
Brad Renfro Karchy Jonas
Maximilian Schell Dr. Istvan Jonas
Calista Flockhart Diney Majeski
Paul Dooley Father Norton
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Kevin Boyle
Luke Wilson Henry
Damen Fletcher Amos
Jerry Swindall Andy (Croak) Stas

Technical Credits
Guy Ferland Director
Peter Afterman Musical Direction/Supervision
Jonathan Andrews Sound/Sound Designer
Dennis Benatar Asst. Director
Susan Brown Casting
Fred Caruso Co-producer
Tim Chau Sound/Sound Designer
Laura Cunningham-Bauer Costumes/Costume Designer
Joe Eszterhas Screenwriter
Naomi Eszterhas Executive Producer
James A. Gelarden Production Designer
Kaz Kazui Executive Producer
Kaz Kuzui Executive Producer
Frank Kuzui Producer
Mickey Liddell Executive Producer
Ben Myron Producer
Thomas Paul Set Decoration/Design
Nicholas Pike Score Composer
Jill Savitt Editor
Emily Schweber Casting
Brian Swardstrom Executive Producer
Reynaldo Villalobos Cinematographer
Sarah Young Set Decoration/Design

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