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


£65,735 (UK) (24 November 2006)

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Feature film debut for veteran TV director Allen Coulter. See more »


In 1959, Louis Simo gives his son an Etch-A-Sketch, not sold in the USA until 1960. See more »


Louis Simo: Excuse me. You the Times?
Times Reporter: I'm the Times.
Louis Simo: You're the Times? What do you think about Superman offing himself and cutting his beloved fiancee out of the picture, leaving the green to Eddie Mannix's wife? Huh? Like she needs the dough? "Hell hath no fury," huh! I mean, people get killed for less than that.
Times Reporter: You saying George Reeves was murdered?
Louis Simo: It's a heck of a question.
Times Reporter: What's your name?
Louis Simo: Louis Simo. S-I-M-O.
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A real "movie" movie, for a change
31 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just came from a screening of this film thanks to the Palm Springs International Film Society, and it was nearly films used to be before pop culture took over. Adrien Brody was his best since "The Pianist", and Ben Affleck was his best since...well, his best, period. Diane Lane disappeared into her role and Bob Hoskins was his usual, brilliant self. The supporting cast of Molly Parker, Joe Spano and Robin Tunney were (no pun intended) "picture perfect". The parallel stories of Brody's private investigator and George Reeves before, during and after "Superman", and the mystery of whether Reeves was a suicide or a homicide (and, if the latter, who done it?) were wonderfully brought to life. This film made me want to know more,and raised the question: just where do they find all those primo 50's and 60's vintage cars? Go see this one, and take a'll be the recommendation hero.

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