A fascinating character study and riveting crime drama centered around Philip Seymour Hoffman, who justifiably won the Academy Award for his spot-on portrayal of the quirky, affected author Truman Capote. Here we find Capote fresh off the success of his book "Breakfast at Tiffany's," working for the New Yorker and looking for his next inspiration. A story out of Kansas piques his interest: a farmer and his entire family found brutally murdered. Accompanied by his childhood friend, Harper Lee (well-played also by Catherine Keener), Capote takes the next train to Kansas to find out all he can about the story. When the alleged killers are apprehended, as Capote meets with them to research their backgrounds he finds himself unwittingly embarking on a sort of friendship with one of them. Complex characters and a strong attention to detail help make this a superb film.

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