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Hollywoodland (2006)

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A detective examines the mysterious death of George Reeves, the star of the television series Adventures of Superman (1952).



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Struggling private investigator Louis Simo treats his work more as a means to make a living than a want to do right by what few clients he has. Through connections with the investigation firm for which he used to work, Simo is hired by Helen Bessolo to investigate the death of her son, actor George Reeves. Reeves was best known for his title role in Adventures of Superman (1952), a role which he always despised, in part since it typecast him as a "cartoon", despite it bringing him a certain fame. His June 16, 1959 death by a single gunshot wound while in his bedroom in his Los Angeles home was ruled a suicide by the police, the death which occurred when the house was filled with people. Reeves' story is told in part in flashback as Simo, who is trying to make a name for himself with this case, talks to or tries to talk to some of the players involved, most specifically the wife of MGM General Manager E.J. Mannix, Toni Mannix, with who Reeves was having a relatively open and ... Written by Huggo

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Everyone has secrets. Everyone has motives. See more »

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

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8 September 2006 (USA)  »

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Truth, Justice, and the American Way  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,926,177 (USA) (8 September 2006)


£65,735 (UK) (24 November 2006)

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Joaquin Phoenix auditioned for the role of Louis Simo, but Adrien Brody got it. This is the second time the two have auditioned for the same role. In The Village (2004), both men auditioned for the role of Lucius Hunt, with Phoenix getting the role. See more »


During on-the-set scene of George Reeves "flying" during filming of Adventures of Superman, background music is playing on set. Except for playback on musical numbers, there would no need for canned music on set as it would be added later. See more »


Toni Mannix: She's a lesbian, you know.
George Reeves: Who?
Toni Mannix: The one playing Lois.
George Reeves: Phyllis? Is she really?
Toni Mannix: No. She is now, as far as you're concerned.
George Reeves: Well... there it is.
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Referenced in Knock Knock 2 (2011) See more »


Flying Home
Written by Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton
Performed by Lionel Hampton
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A powerful and moving film with a great performance by Diane Lane
20 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

I wasn't sure what to expect going into this film. I had seen the great trailer several times and thankfully the film more than lives up to the quality of the trailers. The film is an exploration of fame and what that might cost. It is also the story of three people... Louis Simo (Adrien Brody), Toni Mannix (Diane Lane), and George Reeves (Ben Affleck). When Reeves body is found, Simo looks into the apparent suicide and starts to uncover very disturbing things including the torrid affair Reeves was having with Toni Mannix (Diane Lane).

The film is superbly acted. Everyone here is at the top of their game. Affleck and Brody have never been better, and Bob Hoskins is very intimidating as Ed Mannix (Diane Lane's husband). But it is Diane Lane who gives the standout performance here as a woman who starts off as a confident seducer and ends as a volatile and distraught shell. It is an amazing performance that is both sexy and heart-wrenching. Affleck is also touching and sympathetic as Reeves.

The cinematography is amazing and the story is intelligently written and told. It manages to be both fascinating, interesting and entertaining. The films 126 minutes fly by and the film is very engrossing. Top that with some great performances including an Oscar worthy turn by Diane Lane, and you have one of the best films of 2006 so far. 10/10.

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