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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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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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$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 Christine (1983), in which he starred. 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

Dan Dark: Are you pretending to be an oddball or are you actually nuts?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Remake of The Singing Detective (1986) See more »

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It's All In The Game
Written by Chester G. Dawes and Carl Sigman
Used by Permission of Warner Bros. Inc. (ASCAP); Majorsongs Co. (ASCAP);
Administered by Bug Memory Lane Music Limited (ASCAP);
Performed by Tommy Edwards
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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An imperfect film for an imperfect world
12 July 2004 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Hey, I liked it. There were good things: Gibson unrecognizable as the shrink, Downey at his best, whacky story, pastiches of film noir, mind mystique, Touches of Freud, Jung... but it's not perfect. Some confusions persist: Downey as the frustrated, nonintrospective, horny writer whose imagination has taken over his life is often whining. His round-heeled mother has few redeeming features, the shifts between real and irrealis is jerky..., and so on. It's easy to find fault with a complex tale and one in which there are so many loose ends and ravelings but what do you take away with you when it's all said and done? Reading through the comments here, I came across the usual "I didn't like this..." and "I didn't like that..." comments. OK. Not every one likes pistachio ice cream. I love to see, hear and consider other views because it makes me reexamine my own impressions. Of interest to me was the recurring theme of confusion in these commentaries. I shared much of that because of the less than smooth transitions in the switches to irreality and the flashbacks. In films where the observers are given admittance to the inside of the performer's head, must be a melange of images, themes and mini-scenes because, alas, that's the way the mind works. So, from an audience perspective, it works for some and won't for others because, alas again, that is the way OUR minds work. Sorry to wax so psychiatrically but films like this one, as imperfect as it is, can tell us a lot about ourselves.


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