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Cletus is a compulsive liar. He prefers the term ‘fabrication’ to lie though. When Cletus becomes a social worker he’s assigned the case of a boy called Jorge (with a ‘J’) who was taken from his mother. Cletus sets out to reunite Jorge with his mother, but to do so he has to fabricate many a story to keep Jorge from being adopted. In search of the mother, Cletus meets and falls in love with a women’s advice councillor.
Why Would I Lie? is a 1980 American comedy/drama film about a compulsive liar named Cletus (Treat Williams). The film, which was directed by Larry Peerce and shot in Spokane, Washington, is based on the novel The Fabricator by Hollis Hodges.
Why Would I Lie?
Directed by: Larry Peerce
Starring: Treat Williams, Lisa Eichhorn, Gabriel Macht, Susan Heldfond, Anne Byrne Hoffman, Valerie Curtin, Jocelyn Brando
Screenplay by: Hollis Hodges, Peter Stone
Cinematography by: Gerald Hirschfeld
Film Editing by: John C. Howard
Costume Design by: Marjorie K. Chan, Al Lehman
Music by: Charles Fox
Distributed by: United Artists
Release Date: August 10, 1980