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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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El detective cantante  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$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

When the First Hood and Second Hood are driving away in their vintage car in the 1940s, you can clearly see the reflection of a lit, modern, Los Angeles skyscraper in the window of the backseat. See more »

Quotes

Dan Dark: There are things in that book, doc, that are reaching out to grab me by the throat.
Dr. Gibbon: Why don't you let them?
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits we see Robert Downey Jr. perform the song "In My Dreams" See more »

Connections

References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

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How Much Is That Doggie In The Window
Written by Bob Merrill
Published by Golden Bell Songs (ASCAP); Chappell & Co. Inc. (ASCAP)
Performed by Patti Page
Courtesy of Sun Entertainment Corporation
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
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Downey does for Humphrey Bogart what he did for Chaplin!
11 June 2004 | by (PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania USA) – See all my reviews

In "The Singing Detective" there are moments of pure "Yes!" as Downey incredibly resurrects Humphrey Bogart. He did not 'do Bogart' as anyone and their brother can do, (mine usually works..), but it seemed instead he must actually have been doing what Bogart himself did: focusing on difficult issues, maintaining deep courage and principles, and finally acting richly with his whole being. I have seen nothing to compare with it since the original immortal performances. We are talking superbly transcendent character acting, (as when Downey did Chaplin). Oscars? Schmoskers! Downey deserves a Nobel Prize; and why not give such an honor? Is literature ever to be held in greater esteem than cinema? BTW... Mel Gibson did what I thought was his personal best job, and the rest of the cast's acting was crisp and gifted. If some felt that the plot was the weakest element, consider the plot in "Chicago". A good vehicle does what it must. I liked the whole thing, with all its vivid medical depictions, coarse direction, and unfiltered displays of human dysphoria.


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