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
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 »
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[after defeating villains in a live show]
Hey, Superman! Hey, Superman!
Well, hello there, young man, what's your name?
[brandishing a gun]
Kenneth Giles. Can I shoot you?
[he sees that it's a real gun and is suddenly very serious]
Kenneth, why would you want to do something like that?
So the bullet bounces off. Can I?
Well, if you did shoot me and the bullet bounced off, it might accidentally hit someone else. We don't want that to happen, do we?
Why don't you just, you and I... Here we go,...
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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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