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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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Everyone has secrets. Everyone has motives. 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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In the film, George Reeves is shown to have been injured while filming a takeoff from a garbage-strewn alley, a sequence that was used repeatedly in early episodes of the TV series. In reality, Reeves was injured while filming a takeoff for Adventures of Superman: Ghost Wolf (1953). He fell about 12 feet to the stage floor, landing on his back, when the rigging gave way. See more »

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

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Toni Mannix: Just made it.
George Reeves: I beg your pardon?
Toni Mannix: Into the picture.
George Reeves: [smirking] Was someone taking a picture? I hadn't noticed.
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Referenced in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) See more »

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The Great Pretender
Written by Buck Ram
Performed by The Platters
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A great film that will make its mark on the Academy if not the masses
28 July 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Just when I had given up on ever seeing a "Hollywood Star Filled" film along comes a masterful film about the not so famous star of the 1950's television phenomenon, "Superman". I saw the film this evening and Mr. Brody, the director, writer and Ms. Lane were all in attendance but that did not seem to matter much. The film is a real work of artistry. I cannot tell you what a delight is is to go see a film that I have heard nothing about and then sit in the theater totally and thoroughly engaged in a serious film that manages to convince the audience that the art of film making is alive and well. If I had known that Ben Affleck was in the film I would have passed. Its a good thing I did not. He and Diane Lane re-introduce the idea of stardom to film making. They were fantastic. The script was fantastic, the period accuracy enthralling and the long forgotten story riveting. Hollywoodland should prove to be the next "Capote". Congratulations! A 21st Century Noir treat.


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