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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  18 November 2005 (USA)
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A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.



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A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role... Written by austin4577@aol.com

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SeX. MurdEr. MyStery. Welcome to the party. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 November 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L.A.P.I.  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$180,660 (USA) (21 October 2005)


$4,235,837 (USA) (6 January 2006)

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Did You Know?


The movie shares its title with a song from the soundtrack of the James Bond movie Thunderball (1965). "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" was recorded by first Shirley Bassey and then Dionne Warwick after composer John Barry had chosen the title when he read a magazine article which mentioned that was how Bond was known in Italy. However, the producers got cold feet at the last moment and asked him to write a title song, "Thunderball", which was performed by Tom Jones. KKBB was relegated to an instrumental-only status within the movie. Both versions of "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" were released many years later, and "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" has since become a slang description of the James Bond-style spy genre. See more »


Towards the beginning of the movie Harry is obviously nicked in the arm when his robbing buddy is shot. When he runs into the audition room, there is an obvious hole in his jacket with blood coming out of it, but when he removes his jacket it reveals a totally undamaged shirt save for a blood stain on it. See more »


Harry: [voiceover] I sent Harmony home believing A, we'd meet tomorrow to go over her case, and B, I'm not actually gay. Please do not ask me how I did B.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, the Warner Brothers logo appears to melt as if this part of the film was left in front of the bulb too long. See more »


References Lady in the Lake (1947) See more »


Written and Produced by Scott Hardkiss
Performed by Scott Hardkiss (as Scott Hardkiss presents God Within)
Courtesy of Shebass
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"I'm retired. I invented dice. What do you do?"
3 August 2006 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

A lucky mistake shifts out-of-luck criminal Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr) from the gritty streets to glossy showbiz in L.A, landing him a part in an upcoming film. Another mistake then shifts him from actor to private detective, and this is where Val Kilmer comes in and things start to go wrong, more wrong and unbelievably wrong until they've snowballed into an enjoyable detective mess -- all to impress failed actress Harmony (Next big thing: Michelle Monaghan).

Shane Black's directorial debut 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' is a comic film noir. Even in the dazzling opening credits using a montage of contrasts of red, black and white, it is evident that this is no run-of-the-mill crime story, but a viciously entertaining ride from scene 01. What makes it so special is that it mixes equal doses of humour and crime like a $15,000,000 blender, pouring out a balanced end product and glazing it with a clever narrative coating by Robert Downey Jr. Black also sprinkles some rapid-fire dialogue onto his product, which is facilitated by the comedic chemistry between Downey and Kilmer. Some of the lines, gags and images are truly laugh-out-loud worthy. Everything else is nice, but forgettable.

Its only problem, as far as I can see it, is its paper-thin plot. It does not seem believable; it is complex, dizzying and not nearly as involving as it would like to be. So back to formula on that one, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang would be a near-perfect comedy-thriller.


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