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Infamous

Year: 2006
Production Co: Jack and Henry Productions
Studio: Warner Independent
Director: Douglas McGrath
Writer: Douglas McGrath
Cast: Toby Jones, Sandra Bullock, Daniel Craig, Sugourney Weaver, Gwyneth Paltrow, Isabella Rosselini
You might have heard this one before - in fact you did only a few months ago, with a much higher profile as it won the Best Actor Oscar for lead Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

Somewhere in the production notes or official line of the studio will be the sour grapes disclaimer about how Infamous was in development for longer and how they're really telling a different story to 'that other one'.

But behind closed doors they'll be gnashing their teeth and sticking needles in voodoo dolls, like the producers of The Wild in the wake of Madagascar and The Illusionist in the wake of The Prestige.

But from what I've heard about Capote, it is exactly the same story, both following the life of the gratingly-voiced, pint-sized socialite as he slummed it in rural America researching his definitive work In Cold Blood, letting the emotional hooks of killer Perry (Craig) dig in a lot deeper than he intended.

Toby Jones is the lesser of two Capotes if you believe the Academy, but if you could drop the supporting cast of this round in that film it would have made it even better - and from what I've heard, Hoffman's performance was the only real thing of note.

Sandra Bullock as Nell Harper Lee is luminous and intelligent, and a pre-Bond Daniel Craig shows at least a strong determination to tackle roles worthy of an actor and not just a star.

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