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The Singing Detective (2003)

From his hospital bed, a writer suffering from a skin disease hallucinates musical numbers and paranoid plots.

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Nicola / Nina / Blonde (as Robin Wright Penn)
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First Hood
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Second Hood
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Betty Dark / Hooker
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Skin Specialist
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Moonglow Bartender
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Woman Physiotherapist
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Visiting Japanese Doctor
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Storyline

"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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14 November 2003 (UK)  »

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$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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Trivia

The opening song was chosen by director Keith Gordon because he liked it so much in John Carpenter's Christine (1983), which he also starred in. See more »

Goofs

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

[Second hood turns off the car radio]
First Hood: Hey, I like Patti Page.
Second Hood: Yeah, but does she like you?
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During the end credits we see Robert Downey Jr. perform the song "In My Dreams" See more »


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Poison Ivy
Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Published by Jerry Leiber Music (ASCAP); Mike Stoller Music (ASCAP)
Performed by The Coasters
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Could have been great, but.......
8 July 2004 | by (Volos, Greece) – See all my reviews

I picked this movie up because I read the story on the back cover and found it interesting and because I like Downey. I was prepared to watch something different (from most movies I watched this year) and in that regard I was not disappointed. The movie was indeed different, the story was interesting, acting was very good (in most cases) the soundtrack was excellent....so why didn't I enjoy it?

When the movie finished I was left disappointed. I couldn't find any real flaws in any aspect of the film (direction was above average, acting was great, music was very good and appropriate) but still I did not feel like I have just watched a great movie. I did not hate it but I didn't like it either. More than a couple of times I was tempted to hit fast forward.

And after a while I realized what was the problem with this film. Every character (except Downey's character - and then only to some extend) is left undeveloped and every relationship in the film is also left undeveloped. Most parts of the story are left unfinished or are presented in so little detail that they become uninteresting or irrelevant. It almost feels as if the original duration of the film was 4 hours and they had to cut bits and pieces to make it shorter.

All in all, I feel this could have been a great movie, but something happened along the way and the result was an average film. Worth watching it once, if only for Downey and an out-of-character Gibson, but that's it.

P.S. Please excuse any spelling or grammar mistakes. I'm not used to writing in English.


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