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
Mark Wahlberg had initially signed on to play Lee Blanchard opposite Josh Hartnett, but scheduling conflicts with the planned The Brazilian Job (????) prevented him from taking part even though production on The Italian Job (2003) sequel was eventually pushed back. See more »
Everyone, including characters who have lived in the city for a long time, pronounces Los Angeles with a soft g, the way it is pronounced in modern times. In the early and mid 20th century, locals preferred the hard g (closer to the original Spanish name) so it sounded like Los Angle Iss. Although the original pronunciation was losing out by the 1940s (due to an immigration of Easterners such as Elizabeth Short who were unfamiliar with the name), it was still in use and can even be heard in a few movies and radio programs made as late as the 1950s. See more »
Ofcr. Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert:
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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You know how you're at a company dinner? You have no idea who anyone is and you'll do anything to get out? That's what I felt watching this movie!
Ah, I should have listened to my sister, she warned me not to see this movie. But my friends actually literally dragged me, they had to bribe me with a free movie ticket, but still I will be honest, I went in with an open mind. After all, people have different tastes, may I say that I thank my friends, I feel so much better having an extra $9.50 in my pocket after seeing this crap.
I'm not sure if it was just too much to watch at one time or that maybe just plain up admit that the film makers had no idea what they were doing. This started off strangely as a boxing movie, then a police movie, then a murder mystery, then a love story, then... well, you get the idea. The acting was absolutely awful and cliceed, like when Scarlet and Josh are discussing the lose of their loved one, I won't give spoilers, but then they have sex on the table! Ha!
This is probably the worst movie of 2006, I'm warning you! Please, for your sake of insanity, this movie is absolute trash, believe me! You'll end up like me where you'll be dazed and confused for days to come! The acting, the directing, the script is just a complete waste of time. I can't believe how hyped up this movie was, I'm glad it ended up being a flop, I couldn't see it as anything else right now.
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