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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shane Black had been suffering from writer's block; it ultimately took him over a year and a half to write the script for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. He then had enormous trouble trying to sell it. His former cachet as being the highest paid screenwriter meant nothing when he was touting around his screenplay. Eventually he took it to Joel Silver who gave him his first break back in 1987 when he bought Lethal Weapon (1987). See more »


When Perry and Harry are on the rooftop having an argument, Perry puts his hand across his mouth to shut Harry up with his right hand. The next shot centering on Harry has Perry's left hand on Harry's mouth, and the shot after that returns to having Perry's right hand on Harry's mouth. See more »


Bear on TV Ad: I'm for Genaro's, but then, what do I know? I'm a bear. I suck the heads off of fish.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie, Val Kilmer says not to leave; to stay and watch the credits; and if you're wondering who the Best Boy is, he's someone's nephew. (The actual Best Boy credit is Jack Bauer.) See more »


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Written by Dino Fekaris and Freddie Perren (as Frederick Perren)
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User Reviews

Great movie with tons of funny scenes. I was rolling in my seat with laughter!
9 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw a special screening of the movie yesterday and I thought it was going to be so boring, but I was entirely wrong! It was very funny and well written. It was a refreshing take on screenplays and acting and its great to see Robert Downey Jr. back again. Val Kilmer's role as Gay Perry was also spectacular. Michelle Monaghan looks like she can be Liv Tyler's little sister but with more substance (sorry Liv Tyler fans) I loved the sarcasm and humorous one-liners used throughout the movie. The constant reference to real life actors and movies gave it an almost "real life" feel. I recommend this movie for a good laugh and great narration by Downey, Jr.

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