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The Good Liar (2019)

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Consummate con man Roy Courtnay has set his sights on his latest mark: the recently widowed Betty McLeish, worth millions. But this time, what should have been a simple swindle escalates into a cat-and-mouse game with the ultimate stakes.

Director:

Bill Condon

Writers:

Jeffrey Hatcher, Nicholas Searle (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Betty McLeish
Ian McKellen ... Roy Courtnay
Russell Tovey ... Stephen
Jim Carter ... Vincent
Mark Lewis Jones ... Bryn
Laurie Davidson ... Hans Taub (1948)
Phil Dunster ... Roy Courtnay (1948)
Lucian Msamati ... Beni
Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson ... Vlad
Tunji Kasim ... Michael
Spike White ... Hans Taub (1943)
Stella Stocker ... Frau Schröder
Daniel Betts ... Herr Schröder
Nell Williams ... Lili
Celine Buckens ... Annalise
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Storyline

Career con artist Roy Courtnay (Sir Ian McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Dame Helen Mirren) on-line. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life. Written by New Line Cinema

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Read between the lies


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence, and for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA | Germany

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

15 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Good Liar See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,605,051, 17 November 2019

Gross USA:

$17,156,058

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,856,058
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie marks the fourth collaboration between Writer and Director Bill Condon and Sir Ian McKellen, after Gods and Monsters (1998), Mr. Holmes (2015), and Beauty and the Beast (2017). See more »

Goofs

While Roy and Betty are at Slough railway station, a train in a partly purple livery speeds through. This is one of the new Elizabeth line trains, which are still (late 2019) running experimentally and did not exist in 2009, when the film was set. See more »

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Interesting at times
8 November 2019 | by iamkeysersoze-13228See all my reviews

I am not good at reviewing.

The Good Liar was actually a decent surprise and a really good thriller even if it feels a little too heavily explained towards the end.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film from start to finish and I honestly really didn't expect that kid of twist even though I expected a twist and I'm glad I didn't see that coming. Ian Mckellen and Hellen Mirren are both great here, delivering two really great performances. I think the plot is fairly simple at it's core but the writing makes it very different to a very satisfying ending. Overall whilst it's an interesting film with two great performances and unexpected twists, I just expect more style and excitement in it.


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