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Two policemen see their personal and professional lives fall apart in the wake of the "Black Dahlia" murder investigation.

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Det. Russ Millard
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Dolph Bleichert
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Capt. John Tierney (as Angus MacInnis)
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Storyline

In 1946, the former boxers Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert and Lee Blanchard are policemen in Los Angeles. Lee has a good relationship with his chief and uses a box fight between them to promote the department and get a raise to the police force. They succeed and are promoted to homicide detectives, working together. Bucky becomes a close friend of Lee and his girlfriend Kay Lake, forming a triangle of love. When the corpse of the aspirant actress 'Elizabeth Short (I)' is found mutilated, Lee becomes obsessed to solve the case called by the press Black Dahlia. Meanwhile, Bucky's investigation leads him to a Madeleine Linscott, the daughter of a powerful and wealthy constructor that resembles the Black Dahlia. In an environment of corruption and lies, Bucky discloses hidden truths. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Inspired by the most notorious unsolved murder in California history.


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Rated R for strong violence, some grisly images, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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15 September 2006 (USA)  »

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The Black Dahlia  »

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$306,679 (Brazil) (6 October 2006)

Gross:

$22,518,325 (USA) (20 October 2006)
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Trivia

On the advice of a friend, screenwriter Josh Friedman included the screen tests in order to get the audience insight into the character. See more »

Goofs

During Bucky and Lee's stakeout, a red and white 1960's-style caravan appears behind a fence. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ofcr. Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert: [voiceover] Mr. Fire versus Mr. Ice. For everything people were making it out to be, you'd think it was our first fight. It wasn't. And it wouldn't be our last.
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References L.A. Confidential (1997) See more »

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In the Mood
Written by Joe Garland (as Joseph C. Garland)
Used by Permission of Shapiro Bernstein & Co. Inc. (ASCAP)
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My wristwatch was more compelling than this movie.
2 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Artistically, this movie should get some extra points. The use of color, the sharp contrast of black and white, good and evil, and so on. Based on that, I'd probably give the movie a 3.

However, to put it simply, the plot and acting in this movie is terrible. Here is me fundamental rule in movies: You have to actually CARE about the characters and what they were going through. And, trust me, I didn't care. Admittedly, the introduction was quite compelling, and I was drawn in a bit. However, after the introduction, my mind slowly turned to mush and my eyes de-focused. This is my altruistic warning to the masses: Don't watch this movie.


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