Hollywoodland (2006)

R  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  8 September 2006 (USA)
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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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Based on the true story of Hollywood's most notorious unsolved mystery 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  »

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Opening Weekend:

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


£65,735 (UK) (24 November 2006)

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The film's producers were forced to shoot a new version of the opening credits of the TV Adventures of Superman (1952) when Warner Bros. refused permission for the actual opening credits to be used within the film. See more »


In 1958 it shows George Reeves burning his Superman costume after he hears the show was canceled. But in reality Adventures of Superman was never canceled when George Reeves was alive. It was renewed for a 7th season. The show was obviously canceled after Reeves' death. See more »


George Reeves: [looks at himself in the mirror after putting on Superman costume for the first time] I look like a damned fool!
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first 2006 contender for end-of-year awards
15 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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