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The Singing Detective (2003)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Musical  |  14 November 2003 (UK)
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From his hospital bed, a writer suffering from a skin disease hallucinates musical numbers and paranoid plots.

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First Hood
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Betty Dark / Hooker
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Skin Specialist
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"While hospitalized with an extreme case of psoriasis, novelist Dan Dark reworks his first book in his head. Feverish, paranoid and prone to musical outbreaks, he confuses himself with his protagonist, a detective investigating the murder of a prostitute in 1950s Los Angeles." Written by Mag-Helder Thélot

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When it comes to murder, seduction and betrayal he wrote the book. Now he's living it!


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Rated R for strong sexual content, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$28,324 (USA) (24 October 2003)

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$336,456 (USA) (30 January 2004)
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At one point, David Cronenberg was in line to direct the film, with Al Pacino in the lead. See more »

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The position of Dark's gun hand when he chases the goons into the street after they try to kill him in the nightclub. See more »

Quotes

Dan Dark: So, what's the story? Who's the dame?
Mark Binney: How'd you know there's a dame?
Dan Dark: There's always a dame.
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It's an offbeat film with style.
26 November 2003 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

The 1984 'Singing Detective' miniseries had Michael Gambon as a misanthropic novelist confusing himself with his pulp-fiction noir detective. Although no one could approach Gambon's startling portrayal, no actor I see can match Robert Downey Jr.'s ability to bring back this character with his own demons to recreate hallucinations and '50's musicals in dreams lurid, colorful, and downright Freudian.

His debilitating skin and bone infection of extreme psoriasis have landed him in the hospital but provide him with the opportunity to dream about his choleric mother and tramp wife as well as place the hospital staff in cheesy '50's musicals.

In Keith Gordon's 'Singing Detective,' Downey brings his own life of addictions, which have truncated his career and left him dangerous to hire. He seems at home here as Dan Dark, emerging into the light of sanity by exorcizing his demons and dealing with the unreality of seductive nurse Katie Holmes attending to his skin and bone in reality and dream only as a writer could envision.

It's an offbeat film with style, similar to Woody Allen's lyrical 'Everyone Says I Love You' and Bjork's depressed 'Dancer in the Dark.' It's not quite as good as either but a charmer nonetheless.


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