Truman Capote: It's as if Perry and I grew up in the same house. And one day he stood up and went out the back door, while I went out the front.
Truman Capote: More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.
Truman Capote: I have 94 per cent recall of all conversation. I tested it myself.
Truman Capote: Ever since I was a child, folks have thought they had me pegged, because of the way I am, the way I talk. And they're always wrong.
Truman Capote: Sometimes when I think of how good my book is going to be, I can't breathe.
Truman Capote: It's the hardest when someone has a notion about you and it's impossible to convince them otherwise.
Perry Smith: I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment that I cut his throat.
Perry Smith: [of Hickok] He's naturally mendacious. Not to be trusted. If he had a hundred dollars he'd steal a stick of chewing gum.
Truman Capote: On the night of November 14th, two men broke into a quiet farmhouse in Kansas and murdered an entire family. Why did they do that? Two worlds exist in this country: the quiet conservative life, and and the life of those two men - the underbelly, the criminally violent. Those two worlds converged that bloody night.
Truman Capote: If I leave here without understanding you, the world will see you as a monster. Always. And I don't want that.
Truman Capote: I had lunch with Jimmy Baldwin the other day.
Party date: How is he?
Truman Capote: He's lovely, he's a lovely man. And he told me the plot of his new book. And he said, "I just wanted to make sure it's not one of those problem novels," you know. And I said , "Jimmy. Your book is about a Negro homosexual who's in love with a Jew. Wouldn't you call that a problem?"
Truman Capote: It's the book I was always meant to write.
Truman Capote: [to Perry Smith] We're not so different as you might think.
William Shawn: This book will change how people write.
[last title cards]
Title card: _In Cold Blood_ made Truman Capote the most famous writer in America. He never finished another book.
Title card: The epigraph he chose for his last, unfinished work reads: "More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones."
Title card: He died in 1984 of complications due to alcoholism.
Truman Capote: Balenciaga!
Laura Kinney: Hello? Nancy?