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
When Louis Simo is entering the Mannix house behind the flower delivery man, the flowers' ribbons read, "Eddie and Toni, Happy Anniversary." Their anniversary was on May 31, George Reeves died on June 16. In that scene, Toni Lanier was grieving George's death. Unless they were celebrating their anniversary two weeks late (unlikely), this is an error. See more »
Let's go outside. You packin'?
Not when I cross the street for lunch.
[Simo pulls gun from Del's jacket]
Lou, I do what I'm told.
[Simo slams him against the car]
You took the cash from that rack, same as me! Twenty-five-hundred for ratting out some hop-head actress, and I never said a word. 'Cause I'm loyal to my fuckin' partner!
Didn't say, just take care of it.
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HOLLYWOODLAND is now being shown in NYC at special invitation screenings. Saw last night. Probably the first serious contender for end-of-year awards.
Exceptional in quality of script, cinematography, art direction and, especially, its editing.
The four principal actors -- Adrien Brody, Diane Lane, Bob Hoskins and Ben Affleck -- are doing some of their best work to date. I was most impressed by Ben Affleck who I thought would never again appear in a decent movie. He redeems himself here big time.
The narrative weaves interestingly between present tense (in 1959, shortly after George Reeves' death) and the previous ten years or so. A rather long running time of about 2 hours, 10 minutes flies by.
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