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Sin City (2005)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  1 April 2005 (USA)
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A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cara D. Briggs ...
Hearing Panel Person (as Cara Briggs)
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw ...
Motorcycle Cop (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Jesse De Luna ...
Christina Frankenfield ...


Four tales of crime adapted from Frank Miller's popular comics, focusing around a muscular brute who's looking for the person responsible for the death of his beloved Goldie, a man fed up with Sin City's corrupt law enforcement who takes the law into his own hands after a horrible mistake, a cop who risks his life to protect a girl from a deformed pedophile, and a hitman looking to make a little cash. Written by Tom Benton

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Do I take this cop down and risk it all? See more »


Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sustained strong stylized violence, nudity and sexual content including dialogue | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Frank Miller's Sin City  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,120,273 (USA) (1 April 2005)


$2,351,101 (Brazil) (26 August 2005)

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Technical Specs


| (unrated, recut)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally the film was going to include the story featured in the "Sin City" maxi-series "Hell And Back", with Johnny Depp in the lead role as Wallace. This was scrapped before production began but will most likely be filmed for a sequel, as Robert Rodriguez plans to film all of Frank Miller's stories at some point. See more »


When Marv is fighting Kevin, after he handcuffs him, Kevin's hair changes from straight and flat to short and spiky, then back again. See more »


[first lines]
The Salesman: [voiceover] She shivers in the wind like the last leaf on a dying tree. I let her hear my footsteps. She only goes stiff for a moment.
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Crazy Credits

Shot and Cut by Robert Rodriguez. See more »


Referenced in Everything Is Illuminated (2005) See more »


Written by Fluke
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Truly a comic book brought to life!
17 March 2005 | by (Phoenix, Arizona, United States) – See all my reviews

I must admit that I know, or knew rather, very little about the story or history of Frank Miller and his series of comic book novels - and maybe that is why I enjoyed this movie so much. Although, this is still a different type of situation where one who was a big fan of the stories might be seriously critical of every little detail of the comic book turned movie. I don't believe anyone who considers themselves truly knowledgeable about Miller's work can say that this was not represented well on the big screen. I'm now intrigued to go back and check out some of his work.

That aside, as far as it being a movie and a work of art, I would give this movie high marks in both categories. For it being a movie, it was nice to see something so different as far as the approach to making it go. Also, having such an incredible cast makes it all the more intriguing. I don't see anyone else having portrayed any of these characters any better than the cast that was hired to do so.

On an artistic level, it is extremely hard to think of any other movie that comes close to being in the same league. I did not see Sky Captain, but I would say that anyone who liked Pleasantville for its cinematography and graphic elements, would love Sin City. The use of black and white photography with only specific colors added later make for a far more dramatic effect. And so much of the cinematography being so close to a "moving picture" version of comic book art simply makes this movie worth seeing.

Take the artistic elements of this movie, and put it together with the amazing cast (both looks and talent) and throw it together with a very different but coherent plot, and you've got yourself an extremely enjoyable movie that is definitely worth seeing. And seeing at the theater no less!

My hats off to Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller, and the rest of the cast and crew for putting together something different for a change.

My only complaint about the whole movie - the use of labeling Quentin Tarantino as a "Special Guest Director" is almost too lame to deal with.

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