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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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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

Keith Gordon and Robert Downey Jr. previously worked together in the 1986 movie Back to School (1986). At the time, Keith Gordon was acting not directing. 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: 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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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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At The Hop
Written by John Madara, Dave White and Artie Singer
Published by Arc Music Corp. (BMI) and Unichappell Music (BMI)
Performed by Danny and the Juniors (as Danny & The Juniors)
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enteprises
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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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