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The Singing Detective -- Languishing in a hospital room with an immobilizing condition, Dark has lost himself in the fictional world of his alter ego, a hardboiled detective and dance-band singer living in 1950s Los Angeles.
The Singing Detective -- From his hospital bed, a writer suffering from a skin disease hallucinates musical numbers and paranoid plots.


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Release Date:
14 November 2003 (UK) See more »
When it comes to murder, seduction and betrayal he wrote the book. Now he's living it!
From his hospital bed, a writer suffering from a skin disease hallucinates musical numbers and paranoid plots. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Robert Downey Jr. ... Dan Dark

Robin Wright ... Nicola / Nina / Blonde (as Robin Wright Penn)

Mel Gibson ... Dr. Gibbon

Jeremy Northam ... Mark Binney

Katie Holmes ... Nurse Mills

Adrien Brody ... First Hood

Jon Polito ... Second Hood

Carla Gugino ... Betty Dark / Hooker

Saul Rubinek ... Skin Specialist

Alfre Woodard ... Chief of Staff

Amy Aquino ... Nurse Nozhki

David Dorfman ... Young Dan Dark

Eddie Jones ... Moonglow Bartender
Lily Knight ... Woman Physiotherapist

Clyde Kusatsu ... Visiting Japanese Doctor

Earl Poitier ... Orderly (as Earl C. Poitier)

Don Fischer ... Intern

Andy Umberger ... Mr. Dark

David Denman ... Soldier with Betty Dark

Alec Puro ... Dark's Drummer
Renn Hawkey ... Dark's Bass Player

Bryan Law ... Dark's Guitar Player
Carla Anderson ... Dancer

Sandahl Bergman ... Dancer
Rita Bland ... Dancer
Billy Bonsangue ... Dancer
Sergio Carbajal ... Dancer
Leonard Crofoot ... Dancer
Erin Crouch ... Dancer

Kiva Dawson ... Dancer

Richard Dorton ... Dancer
Brenda Mae Hamilton ... Dancer (as Brenda Hamilton)
Gordon Hart ... Dancer
Famisha La Pree ... Dancer
Suzi Lonergan ... Dancer (as Suzie Lonergan)
Eva Mikita ... Dancer

Tara Nicole Hughes ... Dancer (as Tara Nicole)
Regan Patno ... Dancer

Randi Pareira ... Dancer

Sandra Plazinic ... Dancer

Sheldon Robins ... Dancer

DeAnna Kane ... Dancer (as DeAnna Steele)
Tasha Tae ... Dancer
Elle Taylor ... Dancer

Delila Vallot ... Dancer (as Jessica Vallot)
Dee Dee Weathers ... Dancer

Spice Williams-Crosby ... Dancer (as Spice Williams)
Darrel W. Wright ... Dancer (as Darrel Wright)
Dani Wylie ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rusty Nelson ... Bus Rider (uncredited)

Directed by
Keith Gordon 
Writing credits
Dennis Potter (screenplay)

Dennis Potter (television series)

Produced by
Bruce Davey .... producer
Mel Gibson .... producer
Steven Haft .... producer
Kevin Lake .... associate producer
Jane Potter .... co-producer
Robert Potter .... co-producer
Sarah Potter .... co-producer
Stan Wlodkowski .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Tom Richmond (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jeff Wishengrad 
Casting by
Denise Chamian 
Production Design by
Patricia Norris 
Set Decoration by
Jan K. Bergstrom 
Costume Design by
Patricia Norris 
Makeup Department
Linda Benavente-Notaro .... makeup effects: specialty costumer, Captive Audience (as Linda Venevente-Notaro)
Anita Brabec .... makeup artist
Patricia Budz .... hair stylist
Greg Cannom .... makeup effects creator
Cory Czekaj .... makeup effects technician: Captive Audience
David Dupuis .... makeup effects technician: Captive Audience
Consuelo Durán .... makeup effects: specialty costumer, Captive Audience (as Consuelo Duran)
Nathan Franson .... makeup effects technician: Captive Audience Productions
Gregory J. Goertzen .... makeup effects production assistant: Captive Audience (as Gregory Goertzen)
Claudia Hardy .... makeup effects: specialty costumer, Captive Audience
Tom Killeen .... makeup effects technician: Captive Audience
John Kim .... makeup effects technician: Captive Audience
Mary Kim .... production supervisor: Captive Audience
Vera Mitchell .... hair designer: Mr. Gibson
Mark Nieman .... makeup effects technician: Captive Audience
Alexei O'Brien .... makeup effects production assistant: Captive Audience (as Alexie O'Brien)
Michael Peterson .... lab makeup effects
Michael Peterson .... makeup effects technician: Captive Audience
Pam Phillips .... key makeup artist
Art Pimentel .... mold shop supervisor: Captive Audience (as Arthur Pimentel)
Stephen Robinette .... hair stylist (as Steve Robinette)
Sam Sainz .... makeup effects technician: Captive Audience
Brian Sipe .... lead character designer: Captive Audience (as Brian Spie)
Brian Sipe .... special makeup supervisor
Todd Tucker .... makeup assistant
Brian Van Dorn .... makeup effects technician: Captive Audience (as Brian Vandorn)
Keith VanderLaan .... makeup effects creator (as Keith Vanderlaan)
Toni-Ann Walker .... hair stylist supervisor
Patty York .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Rajeev Malhotra .... post-production supervisor
Stan Wlodkowski .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Heffron .... first assistant director
Michael J. Moore .... second assistant director (as Michael Moore)
David K. Riebel .... second second assistant director (as David Reibel)
Art Department
Curtis Allen .... set dresser
Larry Boyd .... set dresser
Alberto Mauricio Caballero .... labor foreman
Michael Casey .... leadman
Keith Cox .... construction coordinator
Paul Detlefson .... set dresser
Donna Ekins-Kapner .... set decorating coordinator (as Donna Ekins)
Maureen Farley .... property master
Dick Girod .... paint foreman (as Richard Girod)
Brenner Hugh Harris .... set dresser (as Brenner H. Harris)
Brent David Mannon .... props
Merdyce McClaran .... assistant property master
David C. Nute .... location foreman (as David Nute)
Maureen Osborne .... set dresser
C.J. Pyles .... on-set dresser
Jimmy Simeone .... set dresser
Robert Soles .... plaster foreman
Gustavo Traslavina .... construction foreman
Jim Wardell .... set dresser
Maureen Osborne .... buyer (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Franklin Bergad .... adr editor (as David Bergad)
Mark Berger .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Canonica .... machine room recordist
Piotr Filipowski .... sound effects editor
Anna Geyer .... machine room recordist
Chris Gridley .... assistant sound editor (as Christopher Gridley)
Nathan Gunn .... assistant sound editor
Rick Kahn .... transfer room operator
James Lebrecht .... sound designer
Marnie Moore .... foley artist
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
John Nutt .... supervising sound editor
Margie O'Malley .... foley artist
David Parker .... sound re-recording mixer
Rocky Quiroz .... cable person
Frank Rinella .... foley recordist
Earl Sampson .... boom person
Jonathan Schwartz .... apprentice sound editor
Daniel Sperry .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Dan Sperry)
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Patti Tauscher .... foley editor
Viet Tran .... transfer room operator
Richard Van Dyke .... sound mixer
James Willetts .... assistant foley recordist
Special Effects by
Scott Blackwell .... special effects foreperson
Jeremy Hays .... special effects
David Peterson .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Helena Packer .... digital effects designer: WhoDoo EFX
Helena Packer .... lead digital artist: WhoDoo EFX
Mark Ritcheson .... digital effects producer: Whodoo VFX
Christine Anne Baur .... stunts (as Christine Bauer)
Simone Boisseree .... stunts (as Simone Boiseree)
Frankie 'G' Garbutt .... stunts
Jeff Habberstad .... stunt coordinator
Michael Hilow .... stunts
Chris Howell .... stunts
Paul Sklar .... stunts
Erik Stabenau .... stunts (as Erick Stabenau)
Clark Tucker .... stunts
Michael Hilow .... stunt double: Adrien Brody (uncredited)
Clark Tucker .... stunt double: Robert Downey Jr. (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dana Lee Anderson .... company grip (as Dana Anderson)
Robert Anzures .... rigging grip
Jon Archibald .... rigging grip (as Jon C. Archibald)
Nick Arnds .... best boy grip
Eddie Avila .... second assistant camera
Randy Babchuck .... electrician
Robert Bennett .... camera operator (as Robert P. Bennett)
Geb Byers .... first assistant camera
John Chickanis .... electrician
Bill Daimant .... company grip (as William 'Billy' Diamant)
Kenny Davis .... dolly grip (as Kenneth Davis)
Joseph Dianda .... key grip
Alan B. Edwards .... rigging gaffer (as Alan Edwards)
Rob Forrest .... company grip (as Robert Forrest)
Alan Frazier .... best boy electric
Jimi Johnson .... video assist operator
Dan Jones .... camera loader
Ted Kennedy .... dolly grip
Dan Kneece .... Steadicam operator
Chris Lewis .... additional rigging gaffer
Shaun Madigan .... gaffer (as Shaun J. Madigan-McClelland)
Richard C. Miller .... first assistant camera (as Richard Miller)
Sacha Riviere .... second assistant camera
Lorey Sebastian .... still photographer
Casting Department
Jennifer Bender .... extras casting
Dena Berman .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tom Dawson .... costume supervisor
Anne Hartley .... key costumer (as Anne Winsor Hartley)
Kelly Lindquist .... key costumer
Mimi Maxmen .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Imelda Betiong .... assistant editor
Bob Fredrickson .... color timer
Bryan McMahan .... colorist: mastering
Anthony Miller .... assistant editor
Melissa Remenarich .... first assistant editor (as Melissa Remenarich-Aperlo)
Music Department
Steven Saxton .... executive music producer
Michael Carey Schneider .... music coordinator
Ken Weiss .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Jeff Couch .... transportation captain
Paulie DiCocco .... driver
Alan Kaminsky .... transportation co-captain
Brian Kay .... production van driver
A. Welch Lambeth .... transportation coordinator (as Welch Lambeth)
John McLaughlin .... driver: honeywagon
Matthew Talamantes .... driver
Harold L. Woods .... driver
Other crew
Jeremy Alter .... location manager
Tony Baldridge .... technical supervisor: Legend Films, Inc.
Larry Ballard .... medic
Andrew Blau .... production coordinator
Sara Boik .... production assistant (as Sarah Boik)
Steven Butensky .... production accountant
Vicki Christianson .... chief financial officer: Icon
Wil Collins .... production assistant
Atmadev Cornelius .... main title designer: MWP Editorial (as Ãtmadev Cornelius)
Marsha Craig .... studio teacher
Judy Dickerson .... dialect coach
Marc C. Geschwind .... extras coordinator
Penny Gillman .... payroll accountant (as Penny A. Gillman)
Paul Giorgi .... first assistant accountant
Jane Goldsmith .... script supervisor
Paul Green .... executive vice president: Icon
Casey Jordan .... production assistant
William Jorgenson .... assistant location manager
Jason Kennedy .... production assistant
Matt Lake .... production assistant
Bill Landrum .... choreographer
Jacqui Landrum .... choreographer (as Jacqui)
Jim Meenaghan .... business and legal affairs: Icon (as James Meenaghan)
Beth Unger Morrison .... script clearance
Dale Ottley .... production secretary
Jimmy Rich .... assistant: Mr. Downey
Monica Rust .... medic
Janell M. Sammelman .... production assistant
Traceigh Scottel .... assistant production coordinator
Noah Segan .... production assistant
Rebecca Snavely .... assistant: Mr. Gordon
Shawn Stevens .... craft service
Amy Tillman .... business and legal affairs: Icon
Lisa Tritico .... medical advisor
Carson Turner .... assistant location manager
Bonnie F. Watkins .... assistant: Mr. Davey
Hondo Weiss-Richmond .... production assistant
Marvin Williams .... production assistant (as Marvin J. Williams Jr.)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)
Rachel Griffin .... the filmmakers wish to thank the following for their assistance

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Rated R for strong sexual content, language and some violence
109 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Second Hood:I'm sick of standing around here like a coupla dummies. Are we feds or aren't we?
First Hood:No. We're just a coupla hoods.
Second Hood:Shaddap!
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Movie Connections:
References Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)See more »
In My DreamsSee more »


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42 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Could have been great, but......., 8 July 2004
Author: Petros Rodakinias from Volos, Greece

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 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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