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  • Actors: Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth, Alison Lohman, Sonja Bennett, Rachel Blanchard
  • Directors: Atom Egoyan
  • Producers: Robert Lantos
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 24 April 2006
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EF7XM4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,535 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Controversial thriller from acclaimed director Atom Egoyan, and starring Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth. In 1950s America, Lanny Morris (Bacon) and Vince Collins (Firth) are a popular and successful entertainment double-act, when a scandalous murder mystery suddenly ends their careers and their partnership. 15 years later, writer Karen O'Connor (Alison Lohman) is researching the case for a story, and she begins to investigate the former showbiz partners. But when she becomes more involved with the case, and sexually involved with both men, it becomes more difficult for her to accepting the disturbing truth about them, and about herself.

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2.9 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD
If you like films which are stylish, elegant, sexy, well acted and sophisticated you may enjoy this DVD.

However, if you like there to be at least one sympathetic character you feel able to care about, and prefer a happy ending, you should probably leave it alone.

It tells the story of a young female editor, getting her first big break in publishing by interviewing one of two former TV stars she had idolised as a child.

Fifteen years ago a young woman had been found dead in their hotel suite, and their partnership had broken up. Now both of them are looking to write their memoirs - and the skeletons begin to come crashing from the closets.

Some absolutely brilliant character acting by Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth as the former stars, well supported by the rest of the cast. Also does a really good job of depicting the manners, dress and morals (or lack of them) of the show business scene two or three decades ago.

However, the story is extremely dark. I watched this to the end and got a moderate amount of pleasure out of it. My wife gave up half way through and went to bed on the grounds that she couldn't sympathise with a single one of the characters: she thought they were all horrible and couldn't make herself care about the wicked things they were doing to one another.

I don't regret having rented this, but I am glad I didn't buy it. If you do decide to watch it, I can recommend the "deleted scenes" section of the extras menu - some quite good moments ended up on the cutting room floor.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 May 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw this at the cinema and was engrossed and intrigued. I just had to get the DVD to see if my hunches were right.

It's 1957. Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth play a famous TV double-act, adored by the nation. A young woman dies in their hotel suite. The double-act breaks up. Why? Fast-forward to 1972, when both men are separately reputedly writing their memoirs. Will the truth come out? Alison Lohman thinks she's on to the reason why one of America's greatest entertainment institutions foundered.

This is a modern (2005) film noir about murder, mystery, and the cynicism of fame. Shot in colour, it's beautifully filmed with many period touches. Clues abound throughout the film, but it's only at the end that it all adds up. Consequently, it's a film to watch a number of times to see something new and different.

The acting is top-notch; Bacon and Firth are totally believable as the buddies whose partnership turned sour over one night's excess. It is wonderfully slow and languorous movie, helped by a wonderful soundtrack by Mychael Danna.

It's classified as 18 because it "contains strong sex and drug use"; some of the cast `swing both ways', but I do not see why this film should not have been a 15.

There are four extras: 1. a refreshingly commentary-free `making of ...' (five minutes); 2. deleted scenes (ten minutes); 3. a ten-minute featurettes with the actors, director and producer; and 4. a twelve-minute unedited B-roll, which is kind of a continuation of 1.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 2 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
A film noir murder mystery involving a Martin & Lewis type comedy team, March 1, 2006
There is a problem with "Where the Truth Lies" that you might not be able to get past, namely the selling point of the story in Hollywood terms. This would be that a dead woman is found naked in the bathtub of a suite about to be occupied by the comedy team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, and the question is whether it was one, the other, or both that killed her. The names of the comedy team in this 2005 film noir are Vince Collins (Colin Firth) and Lanny Morris (Kevin Bacon), but if you do not see the parallels between Collins & Morris and Martin & Lewis before they are hosting a telethon for polio, then you are simply too young to remember Martin & Lewis.

Now, the real hook of this film noir is not that the leads are modeled on Martin & Lewis, but that Collins & Morris both have air tight alibis for the murder. They spent 39 hours doing their telethon in Miami and as soon as it was over were escorted to the airport, flown to New York City, and driven to Atlantic City where the body was discovered. The only thing is that the dead girl worked at the hotel in Miami, and had wanted to interview the two stars for her school paper. The official story smells, and whatever the truth might be it cannot be good. Soon after the telethon and the discovery of the dead girl, Collins & Morris broke up. There has to be a connection, although clearly it is under so many layers (for one thing, the naked body in the bathtub is completely submerged with its eyes opened, which not only looks freaky, but think about how something like that could actually happen)..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pete VINE VOICE on 13 Sept. 2009
Format: DVD
I do like Atom Egoyan - The Sweet Hearafter is a metaphysical masterpiece!!-but fear that his trademark disjointed narrative structure that often leaves the darkest plot revelation to the closing moments of the film is no longer serving him that well.
His familiar obsessions with duplicity, voyeurism and perceived reality come to play here. Kevin Bacon is well cast. Colin Firth isnt, his acting style is disgruntled at the best of times but as a 1950 Telethon double act crooner that has a secret lust he is neither convincing or comfortable. The biggest problem is that it tries to cover too much ground and comes across as crass when it should have been a cool sultry Film Noir with added sex. Its no Mulholland Drive it's not even Wild Palms?!! Not the return to form that Egoyan fans hoped for!!
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