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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A film noir murder mystery involving Martin & Lewis clones
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...
Published on 2 Mar 2006 by Lawrance M. Bernabo

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3.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and clever but a bit depressing
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...
Published on 8 Nov 2006 by Marshall Lord


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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A film noir murder mystery involving Martin & Lewis clones, 2 Mar 2006
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Lawrance M. Bernabo (The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota) - See all my reviews
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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)..

Fifteen years later Karen O'Connor (Alison Lohman), another young reporter, has wrangled a book deal for Collins, with the understanding that he will have to talk about Morris and the death of Maureen O'Flaherty (Rachel Blanchard, putting her "7th Heaven" days well behind her). O'Connor has just met Morris on a Pan Am flight (nice use of the way they served meals on flights back then to advance the story) as a one-night-stand. However, she actually knows them from way back: she was one of the children with polio on the fatal telethon. These men have always been heroes to her, and we do get to see them during their glory days in flashbacks, but the more she learns the harder it looks like they are going to fall.

Director Atomy Egoyn ("The Sweet Hereafter"), who did the screenplay from the novel by Rupert Holmes, does not give you enough clues to figure out whodunit in this somewhat different film noir. This is a mystery where you are along for the ride, because keeping up with the twists and turns in this one is just going to give you a headache. How this is different from most film noirs is that the sleuth is not Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe, but a young woman who is in way over her head Additionally, Karen is doing this not for herself or for the dead Maureen, and she is not doing it for the truth. She is doing it for Maureen's mother, who has been told her daughter committed suicide and has had to deal with her husband going insane. All of this underscores that O'Connor is not a professional, let alone a seasoned one, which explains some of her youthful mistakes (as a general rule, reporters do not take drugs with their subjects), but she also has the tenacity to find the truth and the youthful idealism to know what to do when she finds it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cynicism of Fame, 10 May 2009
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Nicholas Casley (Plymouth, Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and clever but a bit depressing, 8 Nov 2006
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Marshall Lord (Whitehaven, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing remarkable, 13 Sep 2009
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pete "big blue pete" (edinburgh scotland) - See all my reviews
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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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This director decided to "Sell Out" and hide underneath the rating, 4 July 2007
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While not on the same lengths as Cronenberg's latest foray, A History of Violence, Atom Egoyan pulls off a decent Canadian feature with this film, and heightens it with a great acting talent of Colin Firth and the man who knows everyone and one of my personal favorite actors (and pincushions), Kevin Bacon.

While the storyline becomes a little convoluted half-way through, the performances and presentation of the film keep up throughout. The dual narration is annoying at first, but becomes acceptable after a few minutes. The presentation of the 1950s settings, and the 1970s settings were done well. While some of the costumes are off in some areas, in others, they are spot-on. It makes you wonder why Oscar skipped over the film (until you watch it all, and then realize why). Alison Lohman is alright here, but she was much better in Matchstick Men, if for only the fact that she looks to young for her own good (and after the things she does, and has done to her in this film, she looks way too young for her own good). For this reason, she has a really hard time carrying the film, and has an even harder time acting against Firth and Bacon. Rachel Blanchard is sadly underused, as is Firth, but the rest of the supporting cast has just enough time needed to stretch.

The film's graphic nude and sex scenes are up to par with Cronenberg, and make an interesting comparison. Were they really attempting to compete, or was it just a subtle irony that both of the films came out over a year ago, and had their first screenings at Cannes? In the end, the whole thing sadly just looks very little in comparison to Violence, and that's the unfortunate thing because they were just destined to be compared.

I know that the NC-17 rating of the film made a big scandal and controversy among fans. While most of the time the rating is all a bunch of bull, quite often movies that lack in the story, acting or budget make up for it in explicit sex scenes (which is what got this film its rating), language or gore, and the plot gets lost somewhere in between all these distractions. I suppose it is all personal taste, and different people love or hate this movie for various reasons. To me, it is a combination of reasons. The only "REALLY" good thing about it was the cast, and as much as I like the actors, they were not enough to save it. But, the film is done averagely well, and deserves a look.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Having to be a nice guy is the toughest job in the world", 28 Feb 2006
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Where the Truth Lies is heavy-handed, bombastic, blatant, overwrought, confusing and florid. It's one of those movies that viewers are going together love or hate – I quite liked it – but director Atom Egoyan's homage to the perils of show business is so misguided and semi-sensationalistic that it plays more like a tension-filled tease than it does a scathing commentary on the rigors of fame and its unpredictable frivolity.
Where the Truth Lies is also over-produced to an inch of its life, yet it's often exceedingly watchable even as laughably ridiculous moments start piling up. Part melodramatic potboiler, and part pseudo noir, it's mostly a second rate mystery dressed up with tawdry sex scenes, masquerading as high-gloss trash.
The story centers on a madcap comedy team that was once the toast of the 1950s club scene. Zany Lanny Morris (Kevin Bacon) and the more measured Vince Collins (Colin Firth) were sitting on top of the world, only to watch their world come crashing down after a naked young girl is found dead in their hotel suite.
Fifteen years later, in 1972 another luscious blond award winning journalist, Karen (Alison Lohman), is determined to get the inside scoop on what happened that night and who murdered the woman. Her unusual technique is to grill her subjects whilst wearing low-cut tops and accepting recreational drugs from them.
Veering between the two time periods, the film is a convoluted maze of double - and triple-crosses, betrayed trusts, lustful secrets and sordid lies. Even if told in a linear fashion, the story would probably still be confusing with Mr. Egoyan's insistence on jumping back and forth between the team's '50s heyday and its '70s seclusion makes things even more chaotic.
The flashbacks to the '50s, however, are the most effective because they have an intriguing inside-show-business feel and a nonstop energy fueled by Bacon and Firth's manic impressions of a comedy duo. Bacon has the showier role, and he wrings everything he can out of it, creating a character whose layers of complexities embrace all dimensions of behavior while still maintaining a small semblance of humanity. But Firth is equally impressive, as Vince; he initially seems the more relaxed role, but beneath the character's carefully guarded facade is a volcano of dangerous emotions and when those emotions come to the surface, the effect is harrowing.
Riddled with sensationalized sex, drug use, mob ties and grim looks at show-biz hypocrisy, Where the Truth Lies is more concerned with perpetuating naughty shock value and vivid period re-creations than it is an absorbing or convincing crime story. I'm surprised that Atom Egoyan, who is usually known for quietly artful films, would be attracted to material such as this; yes, he is able to propel the story along, and it does indeed have some compelling moments, but all to often, the director slips into overheated, melodramatic ruts for this noisy, hard-boiled entertainment and the film ends up unintentionally stumbling towards parody. Mike Leonard February 06.
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3.0 out of 5 stars mistory comedy, 25 Aug 2013
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it's interesting and very clever how it was done music of the 50's good era it was a bit zany good cast maybe this who done it would be a bit mixed in today's mysteries that we have on television
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good film but, 2 Aug 2013
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....spoilt for me by a warning about illegal downloads followed by three trailers and and advert for Mars bars. If promoters are going to commercialise releases to this extent, then they just forfeit our sympathy altogether.

Please protest against adverts on paid-for DVDs. Show them that we're not all complete morons, or there'll be no end of them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Concentration needed., 16 April 2013
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D. G. Lloyd "davlynn9" (Cardiff, South Wales) - See all my reviews
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Yes, it had a good twist to it at the end, but I did find it a little difficult to follow at times. Some of the scenes were a little repetitive until it really started going but there was a good plot developing right through, but concentrate or you could lose an important fact.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film about investigative journalism, 28 Mar 2007
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This is a brilliantly structured drama about a mega star comedy duo Lanny and Vince in outstanding performances by Kevin Bacon and Vince Colin Frith.

Karen (Alison Lohman) is an investigative journalist assisting Vince in writing a book about the duo concentrating on a mysterious death that caused their break up fifteen years earlier.

Director Atom Egoyan maintains a perfect pace in the deliberately episodic screen play that reflects the real life "stop go" nature of investigative journalism and immerses us in Karen's efforts to find where the truth lies.

With fine period detail and believable characters this is a very fine film indeed.
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