The Good Liar

The Good Liar – Das alte Böse
Betty and Roy, two lusty seniors, meet via a dating portal. They get along immediately and Roy soon moves in with Betty. His intentions, however, are anything but honourable. Roy is a conman and he has set his sights on the generous widow’s considerable fortune. What he doesn’t know is that the former Oxford history don has researched his past … Director Bill Condon calls his film, based on the eponymous novel by Nicholas Searle, “a thriller with a Hitchcockian feel, weaving in elements of mystery, crime, and a human drama”. As pari passu adversaries, Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen, who have been seen on stage together, engage in a fascinating cat-and-mouse game. Their mutually ambiguous duel is a thespian triumph, with Helen Mirren giving a tour-de-force performance as the purported victim who is not as naïve as she seems. Among all the lies and deceptions lurks a core of establishing historical truth, so The Good Liar, with its constant feints and slight of hand, is also a treatise on the cathartic power of acting.
by Bill Condon
with Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey, Jim Carter, Mark Lewis Jones, Laurie Davidson, Phil Dunster
USA 2019 English 109’ Colour Rating R12


  • Helen Mirren
  • Ian McKellen
  • Russell Tovey
  • Jim Carter
  • Mark Lewis Jones
  • Laurie Davidson
  • Phil Dunster


Director Bill Condon
Screenplay Jeffrey Hatcher
Story Nicholas Searle The Good Liar (2015)
Cinematography Tobias A. Schliessler
Editing Virginia Katz
Music Carter Burwell
Sound John Hayes
Production Design John Stevenson
Costumes Keith Madden
Make-Up Christine Blundell
Producer Greg Yolen, Bill Condon

Produced by

New Line Cinema/Bron Creative

Additional information

DCP: Warner Bros. Pictures Germany, Hamburg