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.


Bill Condon


Nicholas Searle (based on the novel by), Jeffrey Hatcher (screenplay by)
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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


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

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

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Screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher previously wrote Mr. Holmes (2015), directed by Bill Condon and starring Sir Ian McKellen. See more »


Although the film is set in 2009, Roy puts the current plastic UK £10 note on the counter in the butcher's shop instead of a paper one from the period. See more »


[leaving a screening of "Inglourious Basterds"]
Roy Courtnay: Well, I may have missed a step, but I am fairly certain that Adolf Hitler was not machine-gunned to death in a French cinema.
Betty McLeish: Well, it would have been rather good if he had been.
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Crack It
Written by Dan Wilberforce and Jeryl Wilton
Performed by Cutline
Courtesy of Ninja Tune
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Dame Helen Mirren & Sir Ian McClellan Shine
14 November 2019 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

I just got out of The Good Liar

Both my eldest and myself enjoyed it considerably. You think you know where it's going (as the trailer shows a lot) but then it takes a detour. I love Helen Mirren and Sir Ian McClellan, I will always give anything they are in a chance and they are both superb here.

There is some brief nudity and bit of swearing, but I was surprised to see the C word used quite a few times, I'm not sure how that will go down with some audiences.

All in all, a good movie, that does not play out as you expect it to.

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Release Date:

15 November 2019 (USA) See more »

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London, England, UK See more »


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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,605,051, 17 November 2019

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2.35 : 1
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