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Hollywoodland (2006)

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

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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 whom 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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$28,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$14,415,222 (USA) (20 October 2006)
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George Reeves' biographer, Jim Beaver, served as Historical Consultant on this film, and was offered a role. He was unable to accept, due to conflicts with his Deadwood (2004) schedule. Curiously, two of his Deadwood (2004) co-stars, Molly Parker and Larry Cedar, appear in the film. See more »

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It is 1959, well in to the golden age of broadcast television, yet there are virtually no television antennas visible on the roofs of any of the houses in the shots of the "period" neighborhoods. See more »

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Louis Simo: I can see the pieces. How they should fit. How I want them to fit.
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References Queen for a Day (1956) See more »

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He Will Break Your Heart
Written by Jerry Butler, Calvin Carter, Curtis Mayfield (as Curtis L. Mayfield)
Performed by Jerry Butler
Courtesy of Vee Jay Records
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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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