Where The Truth Lies

Synopsis: Karen O'Connor tells the story about two distinct but related periods in her life. In 1972, she is an up-and-coming Los Angeles based journalist who has been given the lucrative assignment of convincing once successful comic Vince Collins, who is at the tail end of his career, to allow her to ghost write his memoirs. Most specifically, she has the task from her publishers of discovering the reason behind two issues in Vince's life from 1957: why he and his former on-stage partner Lanny Morris, who is still active and well known within the entertainment business, broke up their professional partnership shortly after they hosted a successful thirty-nine hour telethon for polio research in Miami, there not having been any indication of problems between the two before that; and how did the dead body of Maureen O'Flaherty end up in the water filled bathtub in Vince and Lanny's New Jersey hotel suite, the opening of that New Jersey hotel owned by mobster Sally Sanmarco which was Lanny and Vi
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Atom Egoyan
  2 wins & 10 nominations.
107 min

Live, until they drop dead...

... from the beautiful

Carlou Theater...

... in the heart of sunny

Miami Beach, Florida...

... it's the Veterans Day

Polio Telethon!

And now, please

welcome your hosts...

... the beautiful, the talented,

Lanny Morris...

... and Vince Collins!

Do you realize

we have to present ourselves...

...in front of these lovely

people for the next three days?

Hello, lovely people

for the next three days.

- Look at you. You're a disgrace.

- What?

Look, your hair's a mess, your shoes

aren't shined, your shirt's not pressed.

- Look at your tie. It's not even straight.

- Look at yours. It doesn't even clip on.


...I'm upset.

You know what

happens when I get upset.

No, no, no. Please.

Please don't hurt me, Vince.

I've had a terrible day already.

All sorts of bad things have happened.

I don't wanna be hurt again.

- You've been hurt already, have you?

- Been hurt real bad.

And what happened,

pray tell?

- Want me to pray or want me to tell?

- I think you better pray.

- I saw this stranger

- I don't know whether you're...

...singing or speaking.

- Leave my pad

- One thing I do know...

- And I said, "Baby...

- ... what explanation do you have?"

- There's always a woman involved.

And she said:

- Next time?

- Next time

And I said, "There will be

No next time"

That's what you said last time,

Lanny, and the time before that.

You have to make sure there's no first

time, then there can't be a next time.

Or a last time.

- That was the last time for me

- Let's hope so, Lanny.

Lanny Morris,

ladies and gentlemen.

My manager sent me over

some of your work.

It's funny how you're

really in them a lot.

Whenever I read these

interviews where the writer says:

"This is how I felt the morning

I woke up to meet the pope"...

..."how I felt when the pope greeted

me, how he reminded me...

...so much of my friend Mike"...

...I always think,

"Who the f*** is Mike?"

So who are you?

I was a young journalist...

... with a few awards...

... a couple of cover stories...

... and a desperate need

to prove myself.

If you look through my work,

you'll see I try to present...

...a balanced view of my subjects.

I leave the conclusions

to the reader.

I'm not sure we like balance.

Or leaving

the conclusions to the reader.

I'm used to being publicized,

not analyzed.

It would be your words.

We'd publish it as a transcript

My questions, your answers.

If you say it, I can use it.

If you don't, I can't.

And they're gonna pay me

a million for this?

An excerpt will be published

in a magazine as a way...

...of amortizing the investment

they'll be making in the book.

They're looking for some...

...provocative stories

for the first issue.

Any thoughts on what these

provocative stories might be about?

The breakup.

Why Lanny and you split.

And the girl.


What happened

to Maureen O'Flaherty.

No one had ever been able

to pin Lanny Morris...

... or Vince Collins

to the girl's death.

All that was clear...

... was that Maureen was

found dead in their hotel suite.

It was unthinkable to me

that Lanny and Vince...

... could have had

anything to do with it.

They were my heroes.

"The reason I consider

myself to be a miracle girl...

...is because

I had the good fortune...

...to meet Lanny and Vince

when I was sick.

Their love of life

is what gave me hope...

...and it's hope

that gives us the power to live."

Thank you, Lanny.

Thank you, Vince.

Come on, let's hear it for her.

Denise handled publicity

for the polio foundation.

And it was her idea to plug

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Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan, CC is a Canadian director, writer, producer and former actor. Egoyan made his career breakthrough with Exotica, a film set primarily in and around the fictional Exotica strip club. more…

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