PG-13 | | Drama, Music
A loner befriends a local celebrity, Billy Magic, but soon begins to tell lies in order maintain the friendship and the newfound status.
According to Joe Eszterhas in his book, "Hollywood Animal", he wrote the script for this film in the early eighties and spent years trying to sell it. Then his wife read it and suggested that he should increase the role of Karchy's father, who was "too much in the background". Eszterhas followed her advice and re-wrote the script, changing the original title "Magic Man" to "Telling Lies in America", so it would look like a brand new script. Director Guy Ferland eventually read it and committed to do it as he was willing to do a "coming of age" film.
Bless me, father, for I have sinned. It's been three days since my last confession. The reason I'm here today, father... you know what it is. I just can't stop doing it. I get these thoughts and I can't keep my hands off of it. Father? Are you there...
About two-thirds through the movie, when Karchy picks his girlfriend up at the store after (her) work, they walk down a handicap wheelchair ramp which didn't exist in the 1960's.
$11,470 (USA) (19 October 1997)
$252,318 (USA) (16 November 1997)