True Story


Jonah Hill, James Franco and Felicity Jones star in the drama True Story, based on Michael Finkel’s 2005 autobiography True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa. Watch the movie trailer below. Recounts the story of disgraced New York Times writer Michael Finkel (Hill) and Christian Longo (Franco) the murderer who assumed his identity.

True Story movie posterRelease Date: January 23, 2015 (Sundance Film Festival)
Release Date: April 10, 2015 (Limited)
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Genre: Biography, Drama, Adaptation
Director: Rupert Goold
Screenwriter: Rupert Goold, David Kajganich
Cast: Jonah Hill, James Franco, Felicity Jones, Gretchen Mol
Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.
MPAA Rating: R for language and some disturbing material.

Plot Summary

On-the-rise New York Times Magazine writer Michael Finkel receives troubling news from his editors that he is accused of falsifying part of an investigative piece on child laborers in Africa. Jobless and disgraced, Michael retreats from the city and falls into a depression. One day, he hears startling news that a fugitive accused of murdering his family was captured in Mexico claiming the identity of “Michael Finkel of The New York Times.” Intrigued by the story, he travels to interview the accused, identified as Christian Longo, to help save his name.

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